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

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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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 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)
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 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 (39 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)
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 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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 Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart (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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The character of Blind Butchie was inspired by a case that David Simon covered in his book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Street". Patrolman Gene Cassidy was shot in the head at point blank range with a .357 Magnum handgun. Although initially expected to die of his injuries, Cassidy made a partial recovery but was left blind and without his sense of smell or taste. A drug dealer named Butchie Frazier was eventually convicted of attempted murder in the first degree. See more »

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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 »

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Freamon: A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the shit that happens while you're waiting for moments that never come.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits of Season 1 feature visuals and clips of things that happened during the episodes of that season. Season 2 features clips from episodes of Season 1 and 2 Season 3 features clips from Season 1 through 3 Season 4 features clips from Season 1 through 4 Season 5 features clips from all 5 seasons. During these credits you never see anyone's faces. The credits also feature several listening and communication devices. See more »

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Referenced in Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015) See more »

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Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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Great story, superb acting, perfect casting, and top notch directing.
24 September 2002 | by (Hanford, CA) – See all my reviews

For someone that isn't into the inter city 'drug' scene that wants to understand how 'the system' works The Wire is a great series. Drug Dealer/city politics 101. The so called 'good guys' and the 'bad guys' all have an 'agenda' and everyone is part of the 'food chain' that starts with the kids selling drugs in the projects and ends at the highest level of city government. As the series progresses we move up the food chain, learn how each level works and how each depends on the level below. Drugs is the glue that keeps the system together and money is the fuel that powers the entire system.

The acting is top notch and blows away all competition in the genre. Here is hoping for season two as The Wire is right up there with The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, in interesting story line, exquisite acting, interesting characters, and creativeness.

Lastly, the actor who plays Omar, Michael K. Williams, is absolutely great! Why haven't we seen this actor before? Michael dominates every scene he is in.


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