If you are one of the thousands of Americans who fall in love with "The Wire" after the series had already stopped airing and are incredibly disappointed that there are no new episodes to look forward to after getting hooked, there is help on the way. Thankfully, the creators of "The Wire," David Simon and Eric Overmyer, have made his presence known on television in other ways. And while some of his other programs are acclaimed but also off the air, the newest offering, "Treme" just began a first season and is already slated for a second.
With the same approach to telling stories across the board – a combination of in-the-know locals and great non-fiction writing coupled with reliable actors and personal insight, Simon and Overmyer knows how to make television that is gritty without it pandering to an audience or getting out of control. And there's definitely something to be said about that sort of attitude and its incredible rarity on satellite tv, where going for the schmaltzy easy tear-jerker is sometimes preferred over a more noble story that reads more like a Greek tragedy. So if you were hooked on "The Wire" but have not been able to find anything remotely like it, here are five other shows that you might fall in love with, too. Just be aware that with a few of them, you should not be expecting new seasons, either.
5. The Corner. This was actually the precursor to "The Wire," and one of the best shows to ever air on satellite tv that no one has ever actually seen. "The Corner," like "The Wire," is based on a non-fiction book and enjoyed premiering on HBO. But as a six-part miniseries, it did not have enough time to grab audiences in quite the same way, though thousands have become addicted to the show since. A few of the different characters on "The Wire" actually make their debut on "The Corner," so it's something that no real fan should miss.
4. Law and Order: SVU. It might not come anywhere close to being as clever as "The Wire," but there's something about those real-cop performances on "Law and Order: SVU" that provides just a little bit of relief for the dark comic timing of your favorite cops and lawyers over on "The Wire." However, be advised that watching too many episodes might leave you feeling empty due to lack of writing that is not easy to predict. Sometimes a letdown because of that, although the "ripped from the headlines" episodes are generally rather reliable.
3. Homicide: Life on the Street. After running for seven series, "Homicide: Life on the Street" ended its near-decade success story with a TV-movie and faded away – but is still lovingly remembered. This was, after all, based on a fabulous nonfiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" that managed to provide enough rich material to get made into another show that dominated satellite tv called – you guessed …