In TJ's most recent essay Popular Entertainment Gets Brainier, he talks about the importance of HBO in trendsetting a new type of television that emphasizes quality, nuance and depth. TJ talks about The Wire, and I agree with many that it's one of the great TV shows of all time (perhaps the greatest). Not only is it intelligent, courageous, complex and gritty- it's bloody entertaining to boot!! Here's a ten minute clip of some of the most memorable lines in the series. If you have yet to watch The Wire, you might not want to watch this piece. Or maybe not. Perhaps this will be the perfect teaser of the show, starting your ride down those five great seasons. For those who have watched The Wire, it's a sumptuous, if at times heartbreaking, trip down memory lane.