The HBO show The Wire has been extensively praised on this site and elsewhere as the best TV show of the last decade, possibly in the history of the medium. It explores social problems in an elaborate and
honest way that makes you realize the possibilities storytellers have when given a canvas as broad as that offered by five seasons, and the artistic freedom not to have to tell the audience that everything is going to be okay. That's a freedom and scope previously only available to epic novelists - and Dickens is referred to explicitly in the series here and there, one episode even being titled "The Dickensian Aspect."
So my admiration is deep and wide for Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson who crafted this article, treating The Wire as if it were an obscure and unjustly neglected Victorian novel (by one "Horatio Bucklesby Ogden"), set in "Bodymore" and featuring the same cast of characters, the same themes, and the same storytelling approach. They clearly know their Victorian literature, as the article is rife with comparison to the works Dickens and other novelists of the time. Smart, insightful, well written and throroughly researched stuff.