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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

Wood Harris (Avon) and Michael B. Jordan (Wallace) would later co-star in Creed (2015). See more »

Goofs

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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Avon Barksdale: I ain't no suit-wearin' businessman like you... you know I'm just a gangsta I suppose...
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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 Supergirl: Truth, Justice and the American Way (2016) 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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The best thing on TV today
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Possibly the best thing written for television ever; certainly the best to come out in the last 25 or so years.

"The Wire" escapes the melodramatic pitfalls of shows like "the West Wing," "Six Feet Under" and even "The Sopranos" (which are all smartly written--or rather have had their moments of greatness).

Here is a show which over the course of 37 hours weaves together scores of very tautly detailed characters. It's not easy to watch--and its certainly challenging. But it is surely worth it.

The story unfolds in Baltimore and is a study on the effect of institutions on its members: police, politicians, criminals, addicts.

Some may find the show didactic. This is understandable because its creators make heavy usage of allegory (for instance, seasons three's not-so-subtle criticism of the situation in Iraq).

Didactic or not, the show forces its viewers to think about and hopefully start a larger discussion of the issues it touches upon: the failure of the drug war, the gradual extinction of the American worker and the dangers of a presumptive, preemptive war.

Hats off to creators David Simon and Ed Burns (a retired BPD detective) for creating one of the most interesting, daring shows in the history of television.

Let's hope HBO renews it for another 26 episodes.


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