The Wire Was So Real Police Asked Them To Change The Plot

By : Sam Ridgway |


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I don’t know about you, but The Wire is one of my all-time favourite TV shows, and that’s definitely the case for a LOT of people around the world – even Barack Obama.

The critically acclaimed drama series is renowned for its attention to detail, especially when it came to telling the story of Baltimore’s war on drugs and power struggle between the police department and the gangs that flooded the inner city.

So it’s no surprise to discover that the police had to have a few words with David Simon, the mastermind behind the whole show. The production team were asked to change the plot several times by law enforcement officials.

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This happened because, at the time, the police thought the show could ‘reveal vulnerabilities’ in their own department. In other words, they were scared real gang members were going to use the show to stay one step ahead of them.

Speaking to The Baltimore Sun, David said:

The transition from landlines to cellular technology left police investigations vulnerable well over a decade ago. At points, we were asked by law enforcement not to reveal certain vulnerabilities in our plotlines.

Which is him basically saying that The Wire had already caught on to how gang members were advancing their communications, and officers didn’t want them to put it on blast.

It’s fair enough really, and shows just how ahead of the game the team behind the classic HBO show were – and why it’s still celebrated to this day.