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If you're yet to become acquainted with McNulty and co, Sky is giving you the opportunity to watch all five seasons of 'The Wire' at your own convenience.

The HBO smash hit has arrived on Sky On Demand, as one of the latest TV Box Sets to launch on the connected-TV service.

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Sky TV subscribers who hook up their Sky+HD box to their broadband router can sit back and watch all 60 episodes of the thrilling crime drama back-to-back.

'The Wire' - which aired between 2002 and 2008 - focuses on a number of different facets of Baltimore, Maryland, including the illegal drug trade, the city government and print media.

Created by former police reporter David Simon, it explores American urban culture, documenting the lives of addicts, dealers, police officers and politicians caught up in a world of crime.

The gritty show made a star of British actor Dominic West, who played the troubled detective Jimmy McNulty throughout its six-year run.

'The Wire' was widely commended for its use of hitherto unknown character actors, as opposed to household names, in order to create a greater sense of realism.

Despite being frequently overlooked for major television awards, the show has been praised by critics and fans for its realistic portrayal of urban life.

'The Wire' is just one of the many TV Box Sets available to viewers via the Sky On Demand service.

A number of other popular shows were added to the platform on November 1st, including Grey's Anatomy (series one to nine), Private Practice (series one to six), Ugly Betty (series one to four), Blue Bloods (series two and three) and Mad Dogs (series one to three).

Sky says On Demand offers viewers "the UK's biggest catch-up TV service, at no extra cost". "With more channels than anyone else, you can catch up on the shows you've missed," the TV provider notes.

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