Originally Posted by andgar923
And let's suppose that The Sopranos did have more outlandish characters….
Some people seem to forget that in their attempt to gain some sort of aficionado props, one is watching a show not a documentary.
So it doesn't matter if the characters are real or outlandish as long as the shit is entertaining.
I disagree, especially when it comes to the Wire specifically. You say 'one is watching a show not a documentary', but in a way that's exactly what the Wire set out to do- be a study/documentary of the ills that plague a Metropolitan area like Baltimore. The war on drugs, politics, law enforcement, the educational system, the media are all subjects that were covered by the show. Even the way the seasons were constructed was like a sociology book separated into chapters about specific areas (ie, Season 1 was about the 'cops vs robbers' aspect, Season 2 was about the docks, Season 4 the educational system, Season 5 the media).
So a huge degree of realism is expected and is executed for the most part.