POSTED BY JON WEISMAN (Brian Lowry’s comments follow)

This is my first season watching "The Wire."  I know that no apology can atone for that sin, so I won’t even try.  I have forever been trying to carve out time to watch the series from the beginning, but 50-odd hours are hard to find. Finally, I decided, it was time to get on board — better late than never.

So I don’t come here as any kind of authority figure on the series, and I offer my opinions only as a perspective on the fifth season from someone who didn’t watch the first four.  I know "Wire" fans are always looking to increase the series’ profile, so I thought you might be interested in how it’s playing to a newbie.

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