The Wire (2002–2008)
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The detail has enough information to arrest Avon and many of his people, but, with Wallace dead, they are unable to bring a charge against Stringer, who is left on the street. However, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
... Maj. William A. Rawls
... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
... Dep. Comm. for Operations Ervin H. Burrell (as Frankie R. Faison)
... D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
... Avon Barksdale
... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
... Lt. Cedric Daniels
... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
... Judge Daniel Phelan
... Det. Ellis Carver
... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
... Johnny Weeks


The detail has enough information to arrest Avon and many of his people, but, with Wallace dead, they are unable to bring a charge against Stringer, who is left on the street. However, disgusted that Avon and Stringer had Wallace killed, D'Angelo flips on the entire organization, giving the detail more information than they ever expected. As Daniels figures out who the snitch is in the unit, Herc is shocked when he is passed over for promotion in favour of Carver, who scored lower on the sergeant's exam. In Philadelphia, Wee-Bey is arrested and gladly admits to murder after murder. Finally figuring out why Avon has been buying vacant properties in the city, Daniels, McNulty, Freamon and Pearlman take their evidence of political involvement to the FBI. Meanwhile, D'Angelo's mother, Brianna, attempts to convince him to stand with the family. Written by Bertaut

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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8 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the sentencing of the Barksdale crew members arrested as well as to the fates of the officers from the detail. See more »


Sgt. Ellis Carver: [Observing Bodie beat a competing dealer with a bat] See, that's why we can't win.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Why not?
Sgt. Ellis Carver: They fuck up, they get beat. We fuck up, they give us pensions.
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Pretty rewarding first season...
16 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

This finale of The Wire tied up many plot points, but it's pretty difficult to review the finale without reviewing the entire first season. so...

The Wire's first season was pretty great. I am not sure if I am in love with the show. There weren't many instances where I was in awe or amazement with it, but the season was successful. The dialogue is pretty outstanding, and it all seems raw, natural, and realistic. There are not any noticeable plot contrivances, but of course this means that the season has to be grounded in realism, which is great but it makes us know that there are certain levels that the show will not want to go through. The performances are all great, and I feel as if I do know many of the characters now (and there are a lot).

The show did hit a lot of pretty deep spots and made me try and analyze it all. The first season is great in that ability, but I wouldn't say it is highly entertaining. I wouldn't call it slow either, because the editing is pretty fast and it allows for a high-energy ride, but you really have to be in it. I'll admit, I wasn't in on the ride for every episode or for every plot, but it's enough for me to definitely watch the second season.

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