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The Wire: The Chronicles (2007) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Joan of Arcadia: The Uncertainty Principle (2003) (TV Episode)
When the FBI are gathering evidence in the Police department at the end a large binder with "Barksdale" is prominently featured on to of the filing cabinets.
Last Laugh '04 (2004) (TV Movie)
Colin Quinn references this is his act
Veronica Mars: Charlie Don't Surf (2006) (TV Episode)
Veronica references the character of "Bubbles" in the line, "So, Bubbles. You feel like doing me a solid? Hm?"
Dead Teenagers (2007) (Video)
Poster seen in movie theater lobby.
The Boondocks: The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show (2008) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Sheepshit (2008) (Short)
Roe says to Gin, "when you're done Stringer Bellin' it over there" referring to Gin doing the books. This is a reference to the character Stringer Bell on The Wire who is money-smart, knows numbers, and books.
The Office: Night Out (2008) (TV Episode)
Michael says he's been watching the show lately.
Heroes Unmasked: Shock of the Old (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Hangover (2009)
Mike Tyson and his bodyguard pay their respects to popular character, Omar
True Blood: Frenzy (2009) (TV Episode)
When Jason says, "This is America", Andy Belleflour (actor Chris Bauer who played Frank Sobotka inThe Wire) referenced a a memorable Sobotka line saying, "That used to mean something."
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
Brett mentions Stringer Bell after watching the trailer for "Takers"
Peep Show: Das Boot (2009) (TV Episode)
Mark says "Of course I did all the lessons, what else would I have been doing, watching the frankly-overrated The Wire on DVD day after day?"
Community: English as a Second Language (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Abed
American Dad!: Great Space Roaster (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Roger.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.188 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "TV Show Settings by State"
The Avon Barksdale Story: Legends of the Unwired (2010) (Video)
The DVD is a discussion documentary between the actor and the real person on which his character was based.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Ron mentions that he does a good impression of Omar from this show.
Tosh.0: Ice Cream Truck Guy (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Gossip Girl: Damien Darko (2011) (TV Episode)
Ben mentions that Damien wrote a paper comparing The Wire to the Iliad.
Better with You: Better Without a Job (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
In Plain Sight: Crazy Like a Witness (2011) (TV Episode)
Mary mentions that Marshall has been watching too many re-runs of The Wire.
Arrgh! A Pirate Story (2011)
George references Donny Wahlberg's character in "The Wire".
Wilfred: Respect (2011) (TV Episode)
Wilfred tries to cheer Ryan up by reminding him that he (Ryan) is capable of watching an entire season of 'The Wire' in one sitting, which is not an easy task because "that s**t is dense."
Weeds: Object Impermanence (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Conan: The Fluffer of Seville (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by comedian Joe Mande
Whitney: The Wire (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mongrels: Kali and the Rickshaw Inferno (2011) (TV Episode)
Nelson mentions that Gary bought the 1st season but never watched it
90210: Vegas, Maybe? (2011) (TV Episode)
Show mentioned by Navid as he's getting wired
The Simpsons: The Ten-Per-Cent Solution (2011) (TV Episode)
Moe says that he "never watched 'The Wire'" but only pretended to know what was going on.
Happy Endings: Meat the Parrots (2012) (TV Episode)
Max mentions the series when Alex wants to investigate the restaurant she's been spying on
Suburgatory: Out in the Burbs (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Cougar Town: A One Story Town (2012) (TV Episode)
Travis mentions killing someone "Omar style"
Community: Basic Lupine Urology (2012) (TV Episode)
When Professor Kane chooses to uphold the pinky swear, stating "a man's got to have a code", this is an indirect reference to Michael Kenneth Williams' other popular character, Omar, who frequently said this line on The Wire.
Stash House (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Philly Kid (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
Tosh.0: Smell Yo Dick (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tosh
It's a Disaster (2012)
Tracy and Glen talk about the show.
Supernatural Activity (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Robot Chicken: Executed by the State (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in skit
Happy Endings: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires (2012) (TV Episode)
Jane: "Chris Bosh looks like one of Omar's boyfriends from 'The Wire'."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.21 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ali Wentworth talks about being offered a role on the show
The Cleveland Show: Menace II Secret Society (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in lyrics
Robot Chicken: Hemlock Gin and Juice (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Fresh Meat: Episode #2.7 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Kingsley
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious (2012) (TV Special)
Mentioned in dialogue
Portlandia: Missionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Family Guy: Space Cadet (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned on TV
Bob's Burgers: Nude Beach (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Go On: Comeback Player of the Year (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ryan
The Simpsons: Changing of the Guardian (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Marge
The Dirties (2013)
DVD collection is shown in Matt's room.
Cougar Town: Have Love Will Travel (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Suits: Conflict of Interest (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Tosh.0: USA Chant Fail (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.213 (2013) (TV Episode)
Terry Crews says that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is like "The Wire" with jokes
The Girl, the Gun, & Everything (2013)
The writer and director feel that this is the greatest piece of television to ever exist.
Saturday Night Live: Kerry Washington/Eminem (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "How's He Doing?" sketch
Have I Got News for You: Episode #46.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Victoria Coren mentions the show.
Last Man Standing: Renaming Boyd's School (2014) (TV Episode)
Vanessa refers to the show several times
That Awkward Moment (2014)
character Omar is shown in during credits
Kirstie: Maddie vs. Maddie (2014) (TV Episode)
Frank says he's only halfway through "The Wire".
Lucas Bros Moving Co: Beeper Beeper (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Broad City: Stolen Phone (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Abbi
Broad City: Destination Wedding (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lincoln
Brows Held High: Richard III (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Big Bang Theory: The Gorilla Dissolution (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in end credits
Californication: Kickoff (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Orange Is the New Black: Hugs Can Be Deceiving (2014) (TV Episode)
Sophia mentions the Wire when speaking to Piper.
The Leftovers: Penguin One, Us Zero (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
May Allah Bless France! (2014)
The drug dealers are sat on an old couch in the courtyard all day.
American Dad!: Blagsnarst, a Love Story (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Comeback: Valerie Tries to Get Yesterday Back (2014) (TV Episode)
A poster for the show hangs in the HBO offices and Valerie says she does not know which show it is.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8549 (2015) (TV Episode)
Liz tells Sean and Michelle that Steve is watching the show.
Parks and Recreation: William Henry Harrison (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in a fake newspaper headline
Uncle: Episode #2.4 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Andy
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amy Schumer/Pablo Schreiber/Anderson East (2015) (TV Episode)
Pablo Schreiber talks about his former series
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Billy Eichner - Julie Klausner/Joel Edgerton/Vintage Trouble/Brad Wilk (2015) (TV Episode)
Julie Klausner says that she never watched the series, though she's seen every episode of "Botched"

Featured in 

Screenwipe: Episode #1.1 (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Wire: It's All Connected (2006) (TV Movie)
Tapping the Wire (2007) (TV Movie)
Documentary about the series.
The Wire Odyssey (2007) (TV Movie)
The Wire: The Last Word (2007) (TV Movie)
Screenwipe: Review of the Year 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Great TV Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
lighting visible
MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire/Trailer Park Boys (2010) (Short)
The opening features a mashup of the opening of The Wire and the opening of Trailer Park Boys.
America in Primetime: The Crusader (2011) (TV Episode)
Omar Little is an example of the "Crusader".
Brows Held High: Trash Humpers (2011) (TV Episode)
Encourages viewers to go watch this instead of Trash Humpers.
Brows Held High: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2012) (TV Episode)
"Sorry, I'm mildly obsessed with The Wire."
Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 14 in the Countdown

Spoofed in 

MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire/Trailer Park Boys (2010) (Short)
The character of Bubbles from the drama The Wire meets the character of Bubbles from the comedy Trailer Park Boys.
The Wire: The Musical (2012) (Short)
This is an explicit parody of The Wire, as indicated by the title.
How I Met Your Mother: Twelve Horny Women (2012) (TV Episode)
Teenaged Lily walking up to Scooter for the first time is a spoof of Omar Little.
Kops (2014) (Short)
Scene is parodied

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