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The Wire 

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

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David Simon
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Top Rated TV #7 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dominic West ...  Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
John Doman ...  Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Deirdre Lovejoy ...  Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Wendell Pierce ...  Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Lance Reddick ...  Lt. Cedric Daniels / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Sonja Sohn ...  Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Seth Gilliam ...  Sgt. Ellis Carver / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Domenick Lombardozzi ...  Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Clarke Peters ...  Det. Lester Freamon 59 episodes, 2002-2008
Andre Royo ...  Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins 52 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Omar Little 51 episodes, 2002-2008
Jim True-Frost ...  Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2008
Frankie Faison ...  Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2008
Corey Parker Robinson ...  Det. Leander Sydnor 45 episodes, 2002-2008
Delaney Williams ...  Sgt. Jay Landsman 45 episodes, 2002-2008
J.D. Williams ...  Preston 'Bodie' Broadus 42 episodes, 2002-2006
Wood Harris ...  Avon Barksdale 39 episodes, 2002-2008
Idris Elba ...  Russell 'Stringer' Bell 37 episodes, 2002-2004
Aidan Gillen ...  Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti / ... 35 episodes, 2004-2008
Jamie Hector ...  Marlo Stanfield 32 episodes, 2004-2008
Gbenga Akinnagbe ...  Chris Partlow / ... 30 episodes, 2002-2008
Robert Wisdom ...  Howard 'Bunny' Colvin / ... 27 episodes, 2003-2008
Anwan Glover ...  Slim Charles 27 episodes, 2004-2008
Felicia Pearson ...  Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson 27 episodes, 2004-2008
Chad L. Coleman ...  Dennis 'Cutty' Wise 26 episodes, 2004-2008
Tray Chaney ...  Malik 'Poot' Carr 26 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Kostroff ...  Maurice 'Maury' Levy 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ...  State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Robert F. Chew ...  Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Salconi Michael Salconi ...  Off. Michael 'Sanny' Santangelo / ... 25 episodes, 2002-2008
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Storyline

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 ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A new case begins... (second season) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (seasons 3-5)| Dolby (Dolby Surround) (seasons 1-2)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Blind Butchie was inspired by a case that David Simon covered in his book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Street". Patrolman Gene Cassidy was shot in the head at point blank range with a .357 Magnum handgun. Although initially expected to die of his injuries, Cassidy made a partial recovery but was left blind and without his sense of smell or taste. A drug dealer named Butchie Frazier was eventually convicted of attempted murder in the first degree. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in Baltimore,MD, only a tiny fraction of the characters (regardless of their race or ethnicity) have actual Baltimore accents. And this despite the characters clearly stating that they were born and raised in the city. See more »

Quotes

Det. William Moreland: You seem awfully happy today.
Det. Ray Cole: I got laid last night.
Det. William Moreland: Oh yeah? Your asshole still hurt?
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Crazy Credits

In every episode, after the opening credits a quote appears on the screen that will be spoken by a character in that episode. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.188 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Way Down in the Hole
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
(season 1)
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Like a great novel
3 May 2005 | by sinistre1111See all my reviews

Season 3 of The Wire ended like a great novel, in a series of great novels, about crime, politics, "po-lice" and personalities in the City of Baltimore. The Wire truly has no equivalent on American TV, more akin to something like the British miniseries Traffik, or Robert Altman's Short Cuts, but really in a class by itself. The show also doesn't fetch the ratings of HBO's other blockbuster series, like The Sopranos or Deadwood, but so far the network has stood behind what is indisputably a creative / artistic success. Viewers accustomed to having a Tony Soprano or an Al Swearingen to latch onto may be daunted by The Wire's 2-dozen or so "main" characters, all given equal importance within multiple story lines. The concurrent tales all buoy one another, and as the season draws to a close, they begin to merge and compliment each other in unexpected ways. No detail is too small to not be done with great care, and no significant threads are left to hang, which also speaks to the brilliance of the writers.

The Wire is no less than a dramatic triumph, and I can't wait for a new season.


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