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
Read between the lines (season five)
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According to Sonja Sohn
, during the first season she had much trouble remembering her lines causing numerous delays. She says it was due to childhood trauma of growing up in a ghetto and witnessing police brutality. Because of this she was uncomfortable in the neighborhood while filming took place and had issues with portraying a police officer. 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. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
All those mopes in bracelets and not one of them named Osama.
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
Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by Steve Earle
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