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

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Series cast summary:
...  Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Lt. Cedric Daniels / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Sgt. Ellis Carver / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. Lester Freamon 59 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins 52 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Omar Little 51 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Det. Leander Sydnor 45 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Sgt. Jay Landsman 45 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Preston 'Bodie' Broadus 42 episodes, 2002-2006
...  Avon Barksdale 39 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Russell 'Stringer' Bell 37 episodes, 2002-2004
...  Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti / ... 35 episodes, 2004-2008
...  Marlo Stanfield 32 episodes, 2004-2008
...  Chris Partlow / ... 30 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Howard 'Bunny' Colvin / ... 27 episodes, 2003-2008
...  Slim Charles 27 episodes, 2004-2008
...  Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson 27 episodes, 2004-2008
...  Dennis 'Cutty' Wise 26 episodes, 2004-2008
...  Malik 'Poot' Carr 26 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Maurice 'Maury' Levy 25 episodes, 2002-2008
...  State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis 25 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Salconi ...  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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Trivia

Michael Kenneth Williams expressed that his relationship with and love of off-Broadway New York theatres, such as the National Black Theater in Harlem gave him the skill set needed for his portrayal of Omar; in particular using the Meisner technique to create Omar from the ground up, immersing himself by researching details of inner city Baltimore. The role presented a particular challenge as it was the first major recurring television character he had played. See more »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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Television at its peak, seminal work
13 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is the TV series that everyone should watch. On the surface it shows the never-ending cat-and-mouse chase between criminals and law enforcers, but below the surface it's a depiction of how corruption eats its way into each and every institution of power and a full and complete autopsy of a capitalist society.

The Wire doesn't have a single scene that doesn't fit into the whole. It starts out by introducing the key players and the central theme. During the five seasons we follow some very realistic characters on both sides of the law, occasionally trailing off to the other side and then back again. It's never been harder to tell who the good guys are.

This show is addictive, but an acquired taste. At first the bleak setting and hyper realistic portraits might put you off, but just watch one full episode and you will find that there is no coming back. You will find that each season comments each other in a way that is unseen in television.

The Wire is a perfect series in all aspects. The writing is of course sublime as it relies heavily on real events. The characters are complete and some of them you will remember decades from now. The acting is effortless, some of the actors more or less play themselves. Cinematography has never been more realistic, we really feel like we are in there with them. Music, rarely used, sets the mood and gives a hint of how to interpret the theme.

Watch it, then watch it again, and then again. You will have to see it many times in order to get all the nuances and facets. I guarantee you will change in the process.


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