Originally Posted by MWM
Was just reading up on The Wire and it said it never did that well in the ratings and never won any kind of awards. This makes no sense to me.
It didn't get much of a critical push until after season 3, before season 4. If I remember right they let critics watch either all season 4 before it aired, or a good bit of it, and the critical praise before that season was huge. Every blog, tv site, etc. was talking about it non-stop and it started to get that "best show on tv" buzz.
It took a long time to get that kind of attention, and then they only had season 4 and 5 to capitalize, and 5 was relatively weak compared to the rest of the run (still very good compared to most tv though.)
It's incredible to me they didn't win anything after season 4, but at the same time it's a show mostly about African Americans that are invisible in normal society, and it was ridiculously dense and fairly hard to follow compared to network shows. It's probably actually more amazing that it went the distance of 5 seasons.