We Own This City vs The Wire: Which is Better?

We Own This City is the new show from the heads of George Pelecanos and David Simon. George and David built a great reputation by creating the greatest show of the 21st century AKA The Wire. HBO invited me to the premiere of the new show in NYC on April 24th.

While present, I was able to both watch the first episode and talk to the cast and crew. David Simon and George Pelecanos were both present as well as series director Reinaldo Marcus Green. While I was there, I was able to interview many, but one common question I got to sneak in was about the inevitable comparisons.

Here’s what everyone had to say about We Own This City being compared to The Wire:

Producer David Simon Interview

Director Reinaldo Marcus Green Interview

Actor Darrell Britt-Gibson interview

Author D.Watkins Interview

Don Harvey interview

Of course comparisons are welcome! I think this program would have a good shot at comparisons if it lasted longer than the 6 episodes.

That’s all I have for this one.

Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, WE OWN THIS CITY tells the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that hit a U.S. city where drug bans and mass arrest policies were fought at the expense of actual police work.

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