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

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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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All in the game. (fifth season) See more »

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Trivia

The writers/producers briefly considered doing a sixth season about the influx of Latinos into Baltimore, but none of them knew enough about Baltimore's Latino population to write about it so the idea was dropped. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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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 and Performed by Tom Waits
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Sublime Crime
17 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.

What is very unique about this show is that each season shows a different facet and side to this city of crime. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed." (David Simon (2005). "The Target" commentary track (DVD). HBO.)

A lot of people say this show was life-changing. Personally I would not go that far. I am hugely into Crime Drama and this is an impressive show. Even more impressive that in true fact many of the actors were pulled from the streets of Baltimore which is another aspect that lends complete credibility to this show. The writing was impeccable and the actors unreal. I would recommend this show to anyone interested in a gritty-as-hell, true to life, intelligent, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always captivating drama. Yes it's a 9 to me.


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