The Wire (2002–2008)
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Mission Accomplished 

Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. The detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization with the information garnered from the wire. While ... See full summary »


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


David Simon (created by), David Simon (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Idris Elba ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
Frankie Faison ... Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell
Aidan Gillen ... Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Wood Harris ... Avon Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick ... Lt. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Jim True-Frost ... Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski
Robert Wisdom ... Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver


Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. The detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization with the information garnered from the wire. While Royce continues to grapple with Amsterdam, Burrell offers a deal to minimize the fallout. Carcetti's political plans become obvious to his friend and fellow councilman Tony Gray. Bubbles offers his view of the world. McNulty changes tack. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


According to David Simon, the title is a reference to President George W. Bush's speech in which he declared the end of major combat in Iraq in May 2003. The war in Iraq continued until December 2011. Also, Slim Charles's statement "If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie." is a reference to the Bush administration alleging that Iraq was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction but no such weapons were ever found there. See more »


While the police take pictures, Victim 1 is clearly breathing while laying supposedly dead on the floor. See more »


Squeak: [nagging while they both are handcuffed] You've got to be the stupidest motherfucker I've ever dated.
Bernard: [whispering to his neighbor on the other side] I can't wait to go to jail.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Ride of the Valkyries
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Season Three- Another powerful story told with depth and realism...
28 June 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

The Wire's third season continues to develop this story that was brought upon in the first season. It is true that one cannot go into any of these seasons without having first seen from the beginning.

The last 5 episodes of this season are just incredible. There is a death of a major character in one of those episodes, and it will be truly sad to not see that character again, simply because the actor portraying him did a great job. From the finales, this was probably a bit below Season 2's finale, but still great nonetheless.

Overall, I give this season a 9/10. That would seem that it is higher than Season 1 and 2 (since I gave those an 8/10 and 8.5/10) but with each season my admiration and appreciation of the seasons before it also goes up, which is why Season 1 is now a 8.5 and Season 2 on par with Season 3.

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19 December 2004 (USA) See more »

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