The Wire (2002 - 2008)

The Wire


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A complex, impeccably acted crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of both law-enforcement officials and the criminals they're pursuing. The Peabody-winning series was created by David Simon (`The Corner'), whose richly layered plotlines focused on the city's illegal drug trade in the first season before expanding in scope for the second to include corruption on the waterfront.

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Critics Consensus: The Wire goes out with a suitably resonant bang in its final season, craftily maneuvering venturesome motifs and a colorful cast of characters to skillfully understated conclusion.

2008, HBO, 10 episodes

Critics Consensus: Realistically flawed characters in harrowing, uncompromising circumstances, along with engrossing storytelling, make The Wire one of TV's top dramas of its time.

2006, HBO, 13 episodes

Critics Consensus: In its third season, The Wire's taut, unflinching examination of Baltimore expands from the criminal underworld to the top of the political machine.

2004, HBO, 12 episodes

Critics Consensus: An ambitious introduction to a new network of characters allows The Wire to expand its focus on societal ills.

2003, HBO, 12 episodes

Critics Consensus: Though it takes its time getting started, The Wire is worth the wait, spinning a connective web of characters and delivering no-holds-barred commentary on some of America's unsettling societal problems.

2002, HBO, 13 episodes

Cast & Crew

Dominic West
Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty
John Doman
William A. Rawls
Frankie R. Faison
Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Wood Harris
Avon Barksdale
Domenick Lombardozzi
Det. Thomas "Herc" Hauk
Deirdre Lovejoy
Rhonda Pearlman
Wendell Pierce
Det. William "Bunk" Moreland
Lance Reddick
Lt. Cedric Daniels
Sonja Sohn
Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs
Seth Gilliam
Sgt. Ellis Carver
David Simon
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