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The Wire: The Chronicles (2007) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Joan of Arcadia: The Uncertainty Principle (2003) (TV Episode)
When the FBI are gathering evidence in the Police department at the end a large binder with "Barksdale" is prominently featured on to of the filing cabinets.
Last Laugh '04 (2004) (TV Movie)
Colin Quinn references this is his act
Veronica Mars: Charlie Don't Surf (2006) (TV Episode)
Veronica references the character of "Bubbles" in the line, "So, Bubbles. You feel like doing me a solid? Hm?"
Dead Teenagers (2007) (Video)
Poster seen in movie theater lobby.
The Boondocks: The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show (2008) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Sheepshit (2008) (Short)
Roe says to Gin, "when you're done Stringer Bellin' it over there" referring to Gin doing the books. This is a reference to the character Stringer Bell on The Wire who is money-smart, knows numbers, and books.
The Office: Night Out (2008) (TV Episode)
Michael says he's been watching the show lately.
Heroes Unmasked: Shock of the Old (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Hangover (2009)
Mike Tyson and his bodyguard pay their respects to popular character, Omar
True Blood: Frenzy (2009) (TV Episode)
When Jason says, "This is America", Andy Belleflour (actor Chris Bauer who played Frank Sobotka inThe Wire) referenced a a memorable Sobotka line saying, "That used to mean something."
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
Brett mentions Stringer Bell after watching the trailer for "Takers"
Peep Show: Das Boot (2009) (TV Episode)
Mark says "Of course I did all the lessons, what else would I have been doing, watching the frankly-overrated The Wire on DVD day after day?"
Community: English as a Second Language (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Abed
American Dad!: Great Space Roaster (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Roger.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.188 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "TV Show Settings by State"
The Avon Barksdale Story: Legends of the Unwired (2010) (Video)
The DVD is a discussion documentary between the actor and the real person on which his character was based.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
Ron mentions that he does a good impression of Omar from this show.
Tosh.0: Ice Cream Truck Guy (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Gossip Girl: Damien Darko (2011) (TV Episode)
Ben mentions that Damien wrote a paper comparing The Wire to the Iliad.
Better with You: Better Without a Job (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
In Plain Sight: Crazy Like a Witness (2011) (TV Episode)
Mary mentions that Marshall has been watching too many re-runs of The Wire.
Arrgh! A Pirate Story (2011)
George references Donny Wahlberg's character in "The Wire".
Wilfred: Respect (2011) (TV Episode)
Wilfred tries to cheer Ryan up by reminding him that he (Ryan) is capable of watching an entire season of 'The Wire' in one sitting, which is not an easy task because "that s**t is dense."
Weeds: Object Impermanence (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Conan: The Fluffer of Seville (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by comedian Joe Mande
Whitney: The Wire (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mongrels: Kali and the Rickshaw Inferno (2011) (TV Episode)
Nelson mentions that Gary bought the 1st season but never watched it
90210: Vegas, Maybe? (2011) (TV Episode)
Show mentioned by Navid as he's getting wired
The Simpsons: The Ten-Per-Cent Solution (2011) (TV Episode)
Moe says that he "never watched 'The Wire'" but only pretended to know what was going on.
Happy Endings: Meat the Parrots (2012) (TV Episode)
Max mentions the series when Alex wants to investigate the restaurant she's been spying on
Suburgatory: Out in the Burbs (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Archer: Crossing Over (2012) (TV Episode)
During the wake sequence the corpse is shown laid out on a pool table. This is in homage to The Wire. On The Wire when a policeman is killed his body is laid out on a pool table at the bar and his fellow cops get drunk with the deceased 1 last time.
Cougar Town: A One Story Town (2012) (TV Episode)
Travis mentions killing someone "Omar style"
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious (2012) (TV Special)
Mentioned in dialogue
Community: Basic Lupine Urology (2012) (TV Episode)
When Professor Kane chooses to uphold the pinky swear, stating "a man's got to have a code", this is an indirect reference to Michael Kenneth Williams' other popular character, Omar, who frequently said this line on The Wire.
Stash House (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Philly Kid (2012)
mentioned in dialogue
Tosh.0: Smell Yo Dick (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tosh
It's a Disaster (2012)
Tracy and Glen talk about the show.
Burn Notice: Shock Wave (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Barry: "I can't die. I've never climbed Kilimanjaro. I've never seen 'The Wire.' I've never even had a four-way."
Supernatural Activity (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
RiffTrax Live: Manos - The Hands of Fate (2012)
"So, have you guys seen The Wire or...?"
Robot Chicken: Executed by the State (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in skit
Happy Endings: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires (2012) (TV Episode)
Jane: "Chris Bosh looks like one of Omar's boyfriends from 'The Wire'."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.21 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ali Wentworth talks about being offered a role on the show
The Cleveland Show: Menace II Secret Society (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in lyrics
Robot Chicken: Hemlock Gin and Juice (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Fresh Meat: Episode #2.7 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Kingsley
Portlandia: Missionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Family Guy: Space Cadet (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned on TV
Bob's Burgers: Nude Beach (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Go On: Comeback Player of the Year (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ryan
The Simpsons: Changing of the Guardian (2013) (TV Episode)
Marge says, "That's where they filmed 'The Wire'!"
The Dirties (2013)
DVD collection is shown in Matt's room.
Cougar Town: Have Love Will Travel (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Showreel: We've Got Keanu Reeves (2013) (TV Episode)
Reported on in "Showreel News"
Suits: Conflict of Interest (2013) (TV Episode)
Katrina and Mike reference The Wire.
Honest Trailers: Breaking Bad (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator
Suits: The Other Time (2013) (TV Episode)
Trevor mentions The Wire.
Tosh.0: USA Chant Fail (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.213 (2013) (TV Episode)
Terry Crews says that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is like "The Wire" with jokes
The Girl, the Gun, & Everything (2013)
The writer and director feel that this is the greatest piece of television to ever exist.
Saturday Night Live: Kerry Washington/Eminem (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "How's He Doing?" sketch
Have I Got News for You: Episode #46.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Victoria Coren mentions the show.
Last Man Standing: Renaming Boyd's School (2014) (TV Episode)
Vanessa refers to the show several times
That Awkward Moment (2014)
character Omar is shown in during credits
Kirstie: Maddie vs. Maddie (2014) (TV Episode)
Frank says he's only halfway through "The Wire".
Lucas Bros Moving Co: Beeper Beeper (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Honest Trailers: 300 (2014) (TV Episode)
McNulty is mentioned
Broad City: Stolen Phone (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Abbi
Broad City: Destination Wedding (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lincoln
Brows Held High: Richard III (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Big Bang Theory: The Gorilla Dissolution (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in end credits
Californication: Kickoff (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Orange Is the New Black: Hugs Can Be Deceiving (2014) (TV Episode)
Sophia mentions the Wire when speaking to Piper.
The Leftovers: Penguin One, Us Zero (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
May Allah Bless France! (2014)
The drug dealers are sat on an old couch in the courtyard all day.
American Dad!: Blagsnarst, a Love Story (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
CollegeHumor Originals: The Official List of What You Have to Watch (2014) (TV Episode)
One of the shows on the mandatory or optional list.
America After Ferguson (2014) (TV Movie)
most people's experience of Balitmore filtered through
The Gambler (2014)
Neville (Michael K. William's character) holds up a King card in one scene (also seen in promo images for the film). This is likely a reference to MKW's signature character Omar on the HBO show, "The Wire", where one of the character best-known quotes if "You come at the king, you best not miss."
The Comeback: Valerie Tries to Get Yesterday Back (2014) (TV Episode)
A poster for the show hangs in the HBO offices and Valerie says she does not know which show it is.
QI: Lying (2014) (TV Episode)
Jack Whitehall jokes that he didn't understand the dialogues in the show.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Stakeout (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8549 (2015) (TV Episode)
Liz tells Sean and Michelle that Steve is watching the show.
Parks and Recreation: William Henry Harrison (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in a fake newspaper headline
Life Is Strange (2015) (Video Game)
As a licence plate number on a parked car.
Archer: Vision Quest (2015) (TV Episode)
Lana calls Pam "Omar"
73 Questions: 73 Questions with Seth Meyers (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth says this is his favorite TV show.
Uncle: Episode #2.4 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Andy
Too Late (2015)
Mentioned in dialogue
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amy Schumer/Pablo Schreiber/Anderson East (2015) (TV Episode)
Pablo Schreiber talks about his former series
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Billy Eichner - Julie Klausner/Joel Edgerton/Vintage Trouble/Brad Wilk (2015) (TV Episode)
Julie Klausner says that she never watched the series, though she's seen every episode of "Botched"
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jason Segel/Michael B. Jordan/Big Sean/Brad Wilk (2015) (TV Episode)
Michael B. Jordan talks about meeting fans of his former series, and about how he found out his character's fate
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Winona Ryder/Colin Quinn/Beirut (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth and Winona Ryder talk about writer-producer David Simon's earlier series
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kristen Stewart/Jim Belushi/Yolanda Adams (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and Jim Belushi mention the earlier series by writer-producer David Simon
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kristen Wiig/Tituss Burgess/David Simon (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces David Simon
Kevin from Work: Birthday from Work (2015) (TV Episode)
Brian: "It was like 'The Wire', but with snacks."
The Andrew Klavan Show: The Court Jester (2015) (TV Episode)
Andrew Klavan mentions the series by name while discussing the Emmys.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kenan Thompson/Maura Tierney/Chef John Besh (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth refers to Dominic West's role on the series
Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015)
Sloane asks Jason if his work as a detective involves homicide cases, like in The Wire.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Idris Elba/Tony Goldwyn/Pete Davidson (2015) (TV Episode)
Idris Elba discusses auditioning for his former series
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Zooey Deschanel/Dominic West/Nathan Fielder (2015) (TV Episode)
Dominic West talks about his former series
Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan/Demi Lovato (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Democratic Debate Cold Open
Limitless: Personality Crisis (2015) (TV Episode)
"It's all in the game"
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 21 October 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Golic
Supernatural: Thin Lizzie (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Supernatural: Our Little World (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Saturday Show: Episode #1.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Minnie.
Chicago Fire: 2112 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Sisters (2015)
Maura Ellis says she's been meaning to binge-watch the series on DVD.
Zoe Ever After: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mrs. Davidson
Sunset Rock (2016)
During the party scene, Big Mack can be heard discussing someone named "Omar" with another party guest. This is a reference to Omar Little from The Wire, which the actors discussed while shooting most of the scene, believing their audio wouldn't be used in the film.
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) (TV Special)
Hannibal's dad had been watching the show.
Zootopia (2016)
Police Chief Bogo wears the same type of glasses as Stringer Bell. Both characters are played by Idris Elba.
Supergirl: Truth, Justice and the American Way (2016) (TV Episode)
Kara has wanted to catch a corrupt cop ever since she and Alex binge watched The Wire (2002).
Keanu (2016)
The various gang members have various off-color names and dress much like other characters on this show. Method Man played a character named Cheese on that show and his character's name Cheddar in this movie is a play-on of the other character's name.
Fresh Meat: Episode #4.5 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Josie
Honest Game Trailers: Quantum Break (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Witless: Episode #1.1 (2016) (TV Episode)
Rhona says she has seen 'Breaking Bad' and most of 'The Wire'.
Finding Dory (2016)
Idris Elba and 'Dominic West' play best friends in this movie, in contrast to their roles in The Wire in which they played enemies.
Orange Is the New Black: (Don't) Say Anything (2016) (TV Episode)
Soso says she used to watch the series a lot.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Blake Shelton/Michael K. Williams/Mary Timony (2016) (TV Episode)
Michael K. Williams talks about President Obama being a fan of his character on the series
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Riz Ahmed/Pedro Pascal/Angel Olsen (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Riz Ahmed during his segment.
Josh: Cut & Dried (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Josh
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.31 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "The New Golden Age of Television" category
Those Who Can't: 8 Mile High (2016) (TV Episode)
Loren: "Has nobody here seen 'The Wire'?"
The Task: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
It is referenced.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Who's the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating? (2016) (TV Episode)
Rebecca talks about how she and Paula binge watched it..
Crashing: Barking (2017) (TV Episode)
Pete mentions it after being shook from his corner.
Girls: Full Disclosure (2017) (TV Episode)
Hannah complains about people who used to tell her to watch the show.
Talking with Chris Hardwick: Cast of "Silicon Valley" (2017) (TV Episode)
Thomas Middleditch says he would have loved to have acted in the show.
Making History: The Duel (2017) (TV Episode)
John Hancock tells Dan to pull their car up as if he is McNulty in "The Wire."
Hollywood Darlings: The Bev Witch Project (2017) (TV Episode)
Christine says that she turned down a role on "The Wire".
Riverdale: Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter (2017) (TV Episode)
RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party (2017) (Video)
Bill: "Young Marlo Stanfield there before he took to a life of crime."
The Cinema Snob: Voiceless (2017) (TV Episode)
"It's shot like an episode of The Wire!"
The Ben Shapiro Show: Circular Firing Squad (2017) (TV Episode)
Ben mentions that he has recommended the series on his show.
The Graham Norton Show: Kate Winslet/Idris Elba/Chris Rock/Liam Gallagher (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Graham when introducing Idris Elba; Idris Elba talks about his role in this series
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong With Bad Moms In 18 Minutes Or Less (2017) (TV Episode)
Jeremy says that Wendell Pierce has been playing only powerless characters since this show
This Is Us: The Most Disappointed Man (2017) (TV Episode)
Beth mentions the show by name.
Juliet, Naked (2018)
Duncan gives a lecture about the series.
The Chronic Rift: Some Things to Think About (2018) (TV Episode)
Referenced in television review
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Holly Hunter/Jason Jones/Alan Cage (2018) (TV Episode)
The fifth season of The Wire (2002) is mentioned in the trailer for 'Newspaper Movie'
Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.63 (2018) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Zach Lowe
Santa Clarita Diet: Halibut! (2018) (TV Episode)
Joel reminds Gary that they just started rewatching "The Wire" when thinking of a reason for him to live.
James Acaster: Repertoire: Recognise (2018) (TV Episode)
James calls his podcast 'The Wire'.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong With The Greatest Showman (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as the "this is the greatest show" lyric is heard
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Isiah Whitlock Jr.'s character says "Shiiiit!" the same way his character on this show says it.
Honest Trailers: Black Panther (2018) (TV Episode)
Wallace mentioned
Ghosted: The Wire (2018) (TV Episode)
One of the shows Leroy has finished watching
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Cynthia Nixon/Maggie Gyllenhaal/Ingrid Rojas Conteras/Allison Miller/Pearl Aday (2018) (TV Episode)
Seth mentions The Deuce's creators David Simon and George Pelecanos' previous show
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Maya Rudolph/Fred Armisen/Dominic West (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Dominic West
BoJack Horseman: Planned Obsolescence (2018) (TV Episode)
Mr. Peanutbutter says he has still not seen the show.
Bob's Burgers: Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now (2018) (TV Episode)
Gene says he will order the rat a box set of this show
V centru: Martin Klesnil a Patrik Fiala (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Janek Rubes.

Featured in 

Screenwipe: Episode #1.1 (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The Wire: It's All Connected (2006) (TV Movie)
Tapping the Wire (2007) (TV Movie)
Documentary about the series.
The Wire Odyssey (2007) (TV Movie)
The Wire: The Last Word (2007) (TV Movie)
Screenwipe: Review of the Year 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Great TV Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
lighting visible
MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire/Trailer Park Boys (2010) (Short)
The opening features a mashup of the opening of The Wire and the opening of Trailer Park Boys.
America in Primetime: The Crusader (2011) (TV Episode)
Omar Little is an example of the "Crusader".
Brows Held High: Trash Humpers (2011) (TV Episode)
Encourages viewers to go watch this instead of Trash Humpers.
Brows Held High: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2012) (TV Episode)
"Sorry, I'm mildly obsessed with The Wire."
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012)
Scenes are shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 HBO Shows of All Time (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Dramas of All Time (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Shows to Binge Watch (2013) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #7.
Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 14 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 2000s (2014) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #2.
Honest Trailers: Entourage (TV) (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Shows of All Time (2018) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #2.
The 2000s: The Platinum Age Of Television (2018) (TV Episode)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Great TV Shows That Never Won an Emmy (2018) (TV Episode)
"The Wire" is #1.

Spoofed in 

MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire/Trailer Park Boys (2010) (Short)
The character of Bubbles from the drama The Wire meets the character of Bubbles from the comedy Trailer Park Boys.
The Wire: The Musical (2012) (Short)
This is an explicit parody of The Wire, as indicated by the title.
Raising Hope: Candy Wars (2012) (TV Episode)
Virginia tells Sabrina that they don't get high on their own supply, something said by Omar Little on The Wire
How I Met Your Mother: Twelve Horny Women (2012) (TV Episode)
Teenaged Lily walking up to Scooter for the first time is a spoof of Omar Little.
Kops (2014) (Short)
Scene is parodied
Family Guy: Emmy-Winning Episode (2017) (TV Episode)
This show is parodied.

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