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
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auditioned for the roles of Marlo Stanfield, Fruit and Drac before being cast as Slim Charles. See more
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
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
Featured in The Wire: The Last Word
Way Down in the Hole
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
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