TV: Happy Anniversary To NCLB & "The Wire"
Beyond that, the similarities end. NCLB was briefly popular, and then increasingly less so. The Wire was obscure and unpopular for most of its five seasons. Most people who came to know and love it never saw it "live" on HBO.
For a long history of the series (not much education in there) go here.
Thinking back on the show and my countless blog posts about it, I feel like "The Wire" wasn't particularly helpful on education issues but it captured the mind-blowing dysfunction the can happen in large bureaucracies, the chronic mistreatment of poor urban minorities, and the difficult interplay between idealism and political pragmatism.