The Wire (2002–2008)

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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement.

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Series cast summary:
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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)
Jim True-Frost ...
 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)
Tray Chaney ...
 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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 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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Trivia

Ray Winstone was offered a role in the series but turned it down. Winstone liked the show but did not want to be away from his family for seven months of the year, which was the filming schedule. 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

Lt. Dennis Mello: [repeated line at end of role call] Don't get captured!
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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 »

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Referenced in Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic (2003) See more »

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Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Steve Earle
(season 5)
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Great acting, great story, great directing, great SHOW! - Must see....
7 September 2004 | by (Hanford, CA) – See all my reviews

You want to learn something about city politics, police corruption, drug dealing or how this tapestry of city corruption is woven together then watch The Wire. This is truly an excellent series, with superb acting, writing, directing, and truly outstanding characters.

With season three starting Sept 18th I can wait. First season was drugs in The Projects, second season was down on the Baltimore docks, with longshoreman, drugs, prostitution, unions, and every changing need for dock workers and space for condominiums and all the politics that go in-between.

This is a must see and makes HBO my #1 channel to watch. BTW, my favorite character is Omar (Michael K. Williams). Omar is kind of a modern day Robinhood. Steels from the drug dealers and gives to himself and his crew. This guy redefines cool. 10/10


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