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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

In season three, when McNulty is comparing the units skills favorably to those of other Baltimore police he mentions Donald Worden as one of the few police who can match them in skill. Worden is a real life detective who served in the Baltimore homicide unit when David Simon covered it. For at least part of that time he was the partner of Jay Landsman, who plays Dennis Mello and was the inspiration for the character of the same name. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the last two seasons, Carcetti repeatedly refers to a possible gubernatorial challenge in 2008, after serving two years as Baltimore mayor. But Maryland holds gubernatorial elections in off years - 2006, 2010, etc. The new governor would have been elected the same year that Carcetti was elected mayor - 2006 - and up for re-election in four years, not two. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Dennis Mello: [repeated line at end of role call] Don't get captured!
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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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Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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Best show on TV
18 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Hate to be rude but don't pay attention to the moronic post below. That was some of the most lame criticism I have ever come across on this site. I doubt the guy even watched the entire first season. This show is the best thing going on TV. Writing. Direction. Acting. Its all perfection. The people behind the show are former journalists and police officers who were covering crime in Baltimore or working the beat as cops for over 20 years. They know what they speak of and don't rely on cookie cutter characterization. This is the closest thing to a novel that you will find on TV. It is so impeccably plotted and so honest and realistic that I will never be able to watch another cop show (or any TV drama) without comparing it to this example of television greatness. Did I mention its also the smartest TV show on the air too? The Sopranos gets the media attention but it can't match the sophistication and grittiness of The Wire. The Sopranos is a romanticized TV crime drama by comparison. And as for Six Feet Under? Please! It reached its peak in its final six episodes of the first season and haven't lived up to that magic since. It doesn't get any better than The Wire. Universal critical acclaim. The winner of the 2002 TV Critics awards. The winner of the 2004 Peabody award. Nuff said.


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