Some have put it on the level of a Tolstoy novel. Others have made the comparison to Dickens. No matter how you slice it, The Wire is TV at its best. Below, we have posted a fast-moving summary of the first four seasons, which was made in the same format as the viral video The Nine Minute Sopranos. The fifth and final season of The Wire is not included here. But that's just as well. If you want to watch the series in full, you don't want to know how it ends. Actually, on second thought, you may not want to watch any of this. Move forward at your own risk.