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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 Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs (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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Jay Landsman auditioned for the character based on himself before being cast as Dennis Mello. See more »

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Frequently we see the Dock/Union people in icy conditions on the streets. At a similar time the police, including McNulty working on the docks, are never in icy conditions. See more »

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Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: [during interrogation] No name, huh? Well, for now, we'll just call you Boris.
Sergei 'Serge' Malatov: [sighs] Boris. Why always Boris?
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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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Way Down in the Hole
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20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't subscribe to HBO. A couple of weeks ago I heard an interview with a young actor from this series on NPR. It was described as a "gritty crime drama" with many Baltimore locals portraying variations on themselves. The interview made it sound interesting enough that I decided to check out the first season on DVD.

After the first few episodes I became seriously hooked and devoted 36 hours of the next ten days to the show.

Having now watched the first 3 seasons, I believe it to be the best television series I have seen.

I do not understand why this show hasn't generated the buzz or the awards of HBO's other series, such as the Sopranos or Deadwood. It is more gripping, faster paced, and more intelligent. The other shows can be a bit plodding, with plot lines that go nowhere, and a few characters I don't much care about. That wasn't the case here.

The show is a cross between the Sopranos and the old NBC show Homicide: Life on the Street. The crime/sopranos side and the law/Homicide side run in parallel. Individually, the parallel plot lines are compelling. In tandem, they are complimentary and brilliant.

There is no way to avoid having "the best show ever" tag sound like anything but silly hype--regardless, what makes this show substantially better than any other realistic and compelling crime or police drama is the fact it is... searching. It doesn't just delve into the individual psychologies motivating these people (ala the Sopranos) or the complex interactions amongst the members of a community (ala Deadwood) it asks "what the hell can be done for all of these people" and points out the problems with any and all of the answers.

It's truly brilliant. If you like intelligent television, I envy the enjoyment you will have watching this for the first time.


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