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

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  • Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 wins & 51 nominations.
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  Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Lt. Cedric Daniels / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Sgt. Ellis Carver / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk / ... (60 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Lester Freamon (59 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (52 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Omar Little (51 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski / ... (50 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell / ... (47 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Leander Sydnor (45 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Sgt. Jay Landsman (45 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Preston 'Bodie' Broadus (42 episodes, 2002-2006)
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  Avon Barksdale (39 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Russell 'Stringer' Bell (37 episodes, 2002-2004)
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  Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti / ... (35 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Marlo Stanfield (32 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Chris Partlow / ... (30 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Howard 'Bunny' Colvin / ... (27 episodes, 2003-2008)
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  Slim Charles (27 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson (27 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Dennis 'Cutty' Wise (26 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Malik 'Poot' Carr (26 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Maurice 'Maury' Levy (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Off. Michael 'Sanny' Santangelo / ... (25 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Norman Wilson (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
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  Duquan 'Dukie' Weems (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
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  Michael Lee (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
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  Mayor Clarence V. Royce / ... (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Det. Edward Norris (22 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Off. Beatrice 'Beadie' Russell (20 episodes, 2003-2008)
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  Maj. Stanislaus Valchek / ... (20 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Sean 'Shamrock' McGinty (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
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  Off. Anthony Colicchio (20 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Off. Lloyd 'Truck' Garrick (20 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Roland 'Wee-Bey' Brice (19 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Vernon Holley (19 episodes, 2002-2008)
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  Det. Michael Crutchfield (19 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  D'Angelo Barksdale (21 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jay Landsman ...
  Lt. Dennis Mello / ... (18 episodes, 2003-2008)
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  Kenard (18 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  Spiros 'Vondas' Vondopoulos (17 episodes, 2003-2008)
Edward Bernard Green Jr. ...
  Spider (17 episodes, 2004-2008)
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  'Monk' Metcalf (17 episodes, 2006-2008)
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  Marla Daniels (16 episodes, 2002-2008)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A new case begins... (second season) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sur écoute (France)
  • The Wire: Bajo escucha (Spain)
  • The Wire (Bajo escucha) (Spain)
  • Žica (Serbia)
  • Dioktes tou eglimatos (Greece)
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  • 59 min
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Trivia The character of "Bubbles", played by Andre Royo, was largely based on a real Baltimore drug addict and police informant who went by that name. The real Bubbles, who would slur his speech much more than the fictional character, first started working with the cops near the early 1960's after being arrested for a burglary. He spent the next few decades as an informant, leading to the arrest of several hundred felons and getting paid at least $50 for each one caught. His near-photographic memory and ability to blend into the scene made him one of the best in the city. Eventually he would start using the hat method portrayed on the series, where he acted as if he was selling hats and would place one of a certain color on the head of those the police should arrest. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.1 (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Way Down in the Hole See more »
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 »
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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