The Wire (2002–2008)

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 Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Lt. Cedric Daniels / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Sgt. Ellis Carver / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. Lester Freamon (59 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (52 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Omar Little (51 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski / ... (50 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell / ... (47 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Det. Leander Sydnor (45 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Sgt. Jay Landsman (45 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Preston 'Bodie' Broadus (42 episodes, 2002-2006)
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 Avon Barksdale (38 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Russell 'Stringer' Bell (37 episodes, 2002-2004)
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 Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti / ... (35 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Marlo Stanfield (32 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Chris Partlow / ... (30 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Howard 'Bunny' Colvin / ... (27 episodes, 2003-2008)
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 Slim Charles (27 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson (27 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Dennis 'Cutty' Wise (26 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Malik 'Poot' Carr (26 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Maurice 'Maury' Levy (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Off. Michael 'Sanny' Santangelo / ... (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians. Written by Yuri

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David Simon has said that Omar is based on Shorty Boyd, Donnie Andrews, Ferdinand Harvin, Billy Outlaw and Anthony Hollie, Baltimore stickup men between the 1980s and early 2000s who robbed drug dealers. Donnie Andrews later reformed, got married and helped troubled youths. In season 4 of The Wire he plays one of the two men Butchie sends to help Omar in prison, in the episodes "Margin of Error" and "Unto Others" and Omar later meets up with him at Blind Butchie's in "That's Got His Own" while planning the big drug robbery. Andrews died at age 58 in New York City on December 13, 2012 after suffering an aortic dissection. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series some Officers are shown on both the day, evening and Night shifts in a short period of time, some even within the same day. The Baltimore police department rarely gives shift changes until the next fiscal year. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Omar: All in the game yo, all in the game.
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The opening song is the same, but every season a new version is used with different artists performing in different genres (blues, soul, etc.). See more »

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Referenced in Better with You: Better Without a Job (2011) See more »

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Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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The best thing on TV today
15 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Possibly the best thing written for television ever; certainly the best to come out in the last 25 or so years.

"The Wire" escapes the melodramatic pitfalls of shows like "the West Wing," "Six Feet Under" and even "The Sopranos" (which are all smartly written--or rather have had their moments of greatness).

Here is a show which over the course of 37 hours weaves together scores of very tautly detailed characters. It's not easy to watch--and its certainly challenging. But it is surely worth it.

The story unfolds in Baltimore and is a study on the effect of institutions on its members: police, politicians, criminals, addicts.

Some may find the show didactic. This is understandable because its creators make heavy usage of allegory (for instance, seasons three's not-so-subtle criticism of the situation in Iraq).

Didactic or not, the show forces its viewers to think about and hopefully start a larger discussion of the issues it touches upon: the failure of the drug war, the gradual extinction of the American worker and the dangers of a presumptive, preemptive war.

Hats off to creators David Simon and Ed Burns (a retired BPD detective) for creating one of the most interesting, daring shows in the history of television.

Let's hope HBO renews it for another 26 episodes.


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