The Wire (2002–2008)
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With Election Day approaching, the three mayoral candidates make last-minute appeals. Carcetti wrangles for votes as he responds to a potentially devastating smear. Norris and Greggs get a ... See full summary »


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David Simon (created by), Eric Ellis Overmyer (teleplay by) (as Eric Overmyer) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic West ... Off. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman ... Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Frankie Faison ... Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell (credit only)
Aidan Gillen ... Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman (credit only)
Clarke Peters ... Det. Lester Freamon (credit only)
Wendell Pierce ... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland (credit only)
Lance Reddick ... Maj. Cedric Daniels
Andre Royo ... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins (credit only)
Sonja Sohn ... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Jim True-Frost ... Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski
Robert Wisdom ... Howard 'Bunny' Colvin
Seth Gilliam ... Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Sgt. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Reg E. Cathey ... Norman Wilson


With Election Day approaching, the three mayoral candidates make last-minute appeals. Carcetti wrangles for votes as he responds to a potentially devastating smear. Norris and Greggs get a lead on the Braddock case, but end up being detoured. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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15 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Randy talking to his teacher about the murder of Lex is almost exactly halfway through the episode, halfway through the season and marks the turning point in this seasons plot. See more »


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Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti: You're holding me to a high standard! I mean, Moses - Jesus, Reverend...
Jen Carcetti: Tommy!
Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti: I'm sorry. I can't believe I said that.
Reverend: [laughing] Moses will do for now. We'll save Jesus for your second term.
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Give It to Me Baby
Written and performed by Rick James
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Its real yo...
16 October 2006 | by mseekeSee all my reviews

This show continues to shock and amaze me week after week. One unfortunate side-effect of becoming a wire-head is that everything else looks a bit cheesier. The Sopranos for example, is way over-stylized, the dialog is forced and the plot lines are way over the top. Don't get me wrong, the sopranos is a very good show, which is why I'm using it as an example. The Wire comes across as so very authentic that you can't help roll your eyes when tony says "forgedaboudit" with a mouthful of baked ziti. The wire not only attacks relevant issues, but it follows very human characters with complicated stories. Life is not simple and the wire doesn't pretend that it is. Nothing ever really wraps up. Not in the way Lost doesn't tie together. The stories have a beginning a middle and an end, but they don't satisfy themselves or tie themselves up with bows. The outcomes are imperfect for everyone. No one is a real hero, everyone is vulnerable. If you want a dose of reality television, ditch Top Chef start up with the wire.

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