The Wire (2002–2008)
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Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the ... See full summary »



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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the witnesses against D'Angelo Barksdale is found dead, McNulty and his homicide partner 'Bunk' Moreland bring him in for questioning. They have no evidence that he had anything to do with the killing but their instincts tell them otherwise. When news of the witnesses death hits the press, Major Rawls is convinced that McNulty is again responsible. Three of the newly assigned detectives, Hec, Prez and Carver decide to go to the towers and flex a little muscle only to have it turn into a major disaster. Written by garykmcd

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9 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The music of The Pogues, a Celtic folk/punk band, is featured many times during the series. The Pogues originally called themselves Pogue Mahone. This makes the naming of Detectives Polk and Mahone even more ironic. See more »


When McNulty confronts Judge Phelan at the courthouse about him speaking to the media. In the background, an elevator opens and two men possibly not realizing filming is taking place enter the shot, freeze, stare at the camera, put their hands up to acknowledge the accident, and hurry out of the shot. See more »


Det. Ellis Carver: Kima, if you don't my asking, when was it that you first figured that you liked women better than men?
Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs: I mind you asking.
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »


Way Down in the Hole
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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Just Like Law & Order -- Only Brilliant, Electrifying, and Totally Addictive!
3 June 2015 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

I only bought Season 1 of THE WIRE because my local TARGET had the DVD package on sale for $13.00. I never watched this show when it was on the air, though I often heard good things about it.

Well, the pilot episode was okay, but not that great. This episode is the one that really electrified me. In particular, the sequence where the stupid, corrupt, racist cops go down to the housing projects at 2 AM and begin randomly taunting the ghetto population, in effect "daring" them to come out and fight.

The thing that makes this scene so explosive is that it's never quite what you expect. First you figure the stupid cops will find drugs on the first two guys they search. But they don't. Then, when the really vicious white cop hits the black kid with his pistol, you think he'll get in trouble. But he doesn't. Instead the people in the building start throwing things out the windows at the cops. And little by little, the feeling of the situation changes, from cop show drama to something much more disturbing. It almost feels like live footage from Iraq or Afghanistan, where Americans, knowing nothing of the local culture, count on their guns and badges to make them feared. And the locals, instead of being intimidated, slowly turn the tables as the momentum shifts and the invaders become the victims.

You can't even watch this show without having all kinds of disturbing connections form in your mind. I won't do the usual thing, and break down all the great actors in the cast, I will just say that all of them are amazing. Except maybe Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty, the maverick cop. He's a little too James T. Kirk for me. But other than that, the cast is as amazing as the writing is explosive and realistic.

I sure wish Season 2 was on sale at TARGET, but now I'm probably going to get held up at AMAZON instead!

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