Everybody agrees that We Own This City, David Simon’s and George Pelecanos’s latest Baltimore epic, is an important show. It’s incisive—necessary, even. A fictionalization of Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s 2018 book, We Own This City is a spiritual successor to The Wire, telling the story of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, an elite plainclothes police team turned criminal syndicate. If Simon and Pelecanos explored a city in decay in The Wire, We Own This City concerns itself with a Baltimore Police Department that’s already been irredeemably atrophied by brutality and corruption. It’s an uncompromising look at the way that Baltimore and its police department have failed its citizens.
It’s also a really entertaining show.