The Wire

Series Summary
This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media. The show was created by former police reporter David Simon, who also wrote many of the episodes.

Air Dates: 2002 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: HBO


  • Season 5, Ep. 10 : - 30 - Mar 9, 2008

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    Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario; McNulty asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case; Haynes' concerns about Templeton fall on deaf ears; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan.

  • Season 5, Ep. 9 : Late Editions Mar 2, 2008

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    While Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, McNulty is not in the mood to celebrate; Michael is suspicious about his latest assignment; Bubbles recounts a recent temptation.

  • Season 5, Ep. 8 : Clarifications Feb 24, 2008

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    Bunk returns a favor; Carcetti must make political deals; Haynes approaches Templeton about his sources.

  • Season 5, Ep. 7 : Took Feb 16, 2008

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    After an unexpected call, Templeton and the newspaper find themselves back in the spotlight; McNulty receives unwanted attention.

  • Season 5, Ep. 6 : The Dickensian Aspect Feb 10, 2008

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    Templeton makes headlines; Bunk follows up on old leads; McNulty takes an interest in the homeless.

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Based on 22 Critics
Critic Reviews ( 3 )
Fan Reviews ( 0 )
  • The Wire looks and feels like an ordinary show from some other network that snuck on to the air while the HBO execs' backs were turned. [31 May 2002, p.122] Show More

  • After watching five hours of preview tapes, I'm interested to see how The Wire turns out. But without characters to care for, much less root for, I'm not exactly burning with curiosity -- the way I am with most of HBO's other series...When it comes down to The Wire, this show falls short. Show More

  • It's loose and rambling; its dramatic climaxes don't coincide neatly with the conclusion of any given episode. Its dialogue, overseen by creator David Simon ... is so good it often sounds improvised. One criticism of the show I've read is that it's repetitive (in showing the slow process of how the police bring down bad guys). But what those critics don't get is that those qualities are exactly what make 'The Wire' the funkiest cop show on TV. Show More

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