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
Rules change. The game remains the same. (third season)
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Did You Know?
The picture on Frank Sobotka's dartboard is of Bob Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts who moved the team from Baltimore in the middle of the night in late 1983. See more
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
Det. William Moreland
[repeated line to McNulty
Happy now, bitch?
In every episode, after the opening credits a quote appears on the screen that will be spoken by a character in that episode. See more
Referenced in Stash House
Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by the Neville Brothers
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