When it comes to defending things they like on social media, people can get pretty competitive, whether it’s songs, artists, or shows. There has been a heated debate over the last few weeks on which crime drama series is the best: HBO’s classic early 2000s Baltimore set “The Wire” and FX’s relatively recent “Snowfall.”
Starz’s award-winning drug series “Strength,” featuring actor Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, and rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, has recently been added as a third challenger. Hardwick was asked by co-hosts Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay about where he rated the three series during a recent appearance on “The Ringer” podcast, and his response sent social media into a frenzy.
“If you were going to rank, one to three, ‘Snowfall,’ ‘Power,’ and ‘The Wire,’ what is your ranking,” Lathan asked the actor. “I can’t say that on the list would be ‘Snowfall’ at this point because it’s still running, and it’s still balling. It’s still trying to figure out the cross-over and the fade-away. They ain’t proving all that yet,” he explained.
Later, the “American Skin” actor praised many “The Wire” cast members, including Wood Harris, Dominic West, Idris Elba, and Michael K. Williams. He added, “They constantly turned up, from the writers room, the acting and the crew, and the way it was filmed, and to me, they edge us out by a season.” “Because I believe we ruled for four seasons in a very elegant, handsome, and stunning manner. I believe ‘The Wire’ lasted five seasons. It was just five seasons, but we speak about it as if there were ten.”
Ultimately, Hardwick said based on a technicality, he would place the HBO series at No. 1, “Power” at No. 2, and the Damson Idris led show “Snowfall” at No. 3, stating that it should be seen as a compliment because “that’s good company to be in.”
Social media, on the other hand, felt differently about Hardwick’s list. Many disapproved of the actor’s ranking order, including one Twitter user who wrote, “This is laughable. The subpar acting on Power should disqualify it from breathing the same air as The Wire.” They added, “Y’all not in the same league honey 💅🏾.”
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While everyone may not agree on which order the shows should go in, the discussion alone proves that they’ve all done something right to have everyone in an uproar over them.