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The Wire 

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

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David Simon
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Top Rated TV #7 | Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 15 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dominic West ...  Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
John Doman ...  Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Deirdre Lovejoy ...  Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Wendell Pierce ...  Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Lance Reddick ...  Lt. Cedric Daniels / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Sonja Sohn ...  Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Seth Gilliam ...  Sgt. Ellis Carver / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Domenick Lombardozzi ...  Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk / ... 60 episodes, 2002-2008
Clarke Peters ...  Det. Lester Freamon 59 episodes, 2002-2008
Andre Royo ...  Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins 52 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Omar Little 51 episodes, 2002-2008
Jim True-Frost ...  Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2008
Frankie Faison ...  Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2008
Corey Parker Robinson ...  Det. Leander Sydnor 45 episodes, 2002-2008
Delaney Williams ...  Sgt. Jay Landsman 45 episodes, 2002-2008
J.D. Williams ...  Preston 'Bodie' Broadus 42 episodes, 2002-2006
Wood Harris ...  Avon Barksdale 39 episodes, 2002-2008
Idris Elba ...  Russell 'Stringer' Bell 37 episodes, 2002-2004
Aidan Gillen ...  Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti / ... 35 episodes, 2004-2008
Jamie Hector ...  Marlo Stanfield 32 episodes, 2004-2008
Gbenga Akinnagbe ...  Chris Partlow / ... 30 episodes, 2002-2008
Robert Wisdom ...  Howard 'Bunny' Colvin / ... 27 episodes, 2003-2008
Anwan Glover ...  Slim Charles 27 episodes, 2004-2008
Felicia Pearson ...  Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson 27 episodes, 2004-2008
Chad L. Coleman ...  Dennis 'Cutty' Wise 26 episodes, 2004-2008
Tray Chaney ...  Malik 'Poot' Carr 26 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Kostroff ...  Maurice 'Maury' Levy 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ...  State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Robert F. Chew ...  Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart 25 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Salconi Michael Salconi ...  Off. Michael 'Sanny' Santangelo / ... 25 episodes, 2002-2008
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Dolby Digital (seasons 3-5)| Dolby (Dolby Surround) (seasons 1-2)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael B. Jordan auditioned before casting director Alexa L. Fogel in New York City for the role of Bodie. He was called back twice and the auditions went well, but he was turned down for the part because Fogel thought he was too young. The part went to Jordan's friend J.D. Williams, who grew up in the same hometown with Jordan in Newark, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in Baltimore,MD, only a tiny fraction of the characters (regardless of their race or ethnicity) have actual Baltimore accents. And this despite the characters clearly stating that they were born and raised in the city. See more »

Quotes

Det. William Moreland: Boy, them Greeks and those twisted-ass names.
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: Man, lay off the Greeks. They invented civilization.
Det. William Moreland: Yeah? Ass-fucking, too.
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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 »

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Way Down in the Hole
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The best thing on TV today
15 January 2005 | by chrisneillSee all my reviews

Possibly the best thing written for television ever; certainly the best to come out in the last 25 or so years.

"The Wire" escapes the melodramatic pitfalls of shows like "the West Wing," "Six Feet Under" and even "The Sopranos" (which are all smartly written--or rather have had their moments of greatness).

Here is a show which over the course of 37 hours weaves together scores of very tautly detailed characters. It's not easy to watch--and its certainly challenging. But it is surely worth it.

The story unfolds in Baltimore and is a study on the effect of institutions on its members: police, politicians, criminals, addicts.

Some may find the show didactic. This is understandable because its creators make heavy usage of allegory (for instance, seasons three's not-so-subtle criticism of the situation in Iraq).

Didactic or not, the show forces its viewers to think about and hopefully start a larger discussion of the issues it touches upon: the failure of the drug war, the gradual extinction of the American worker and the dangers of a presumptive, preemptive war.

Hats off to creators David Simon and Ed Burns (a retired BPD detective) for creating one of the most interesting, daring shows in the history of television.

Let's hope HBO renews it for another 26 episodes.


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