The Wire: Season 1 (2002)


Season 1
The Wire

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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Air date: Jun 2, 2002

McNulty (Dominic West) is assigned to a team of outcasts assigned to probe drug lord Avon Barksdale's (Wood Harris) operations.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2002

A witness who testified against D'Angelo is found murdered; Greggs is briefed on the Barksdale probe.

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Air date: Jun 16, 2002

Detectives' inquiries spark a minor riot, causing a boy to lose an eye and giving police a black eye publicity-wise.

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Air date: Jun 23, 2002

Gang members arrested in the raid face arraignment; Greggs and McNulty try to turn Hardcase into an informant.

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Air date: Jun 30, 2002

McNulty's detail tries breaking the code on the gang's pagers; Bell teaches D'Angelo how to train lookouts.

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Air date: Jul 7, 2002

Rawls' demands create strange allies; Wallace and D'Angelo wrestle with their consciences; Omar turns witness.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2002

A tip-off prompts arrest, but Avon and Stringer grow suspicious; another witness to the Grant murder emerges.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2002

McNulty gets Stringer's license-plate number; Omar engages in a violent street encounter.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2002

Barksdale plays games with an East Side rival; Herc and Carver take cash from Wee-Bey; Omar resurfaces.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2002

McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with Wallace; Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses.

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Cast & Crew

Dominic West
Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

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John Doman
William A. Rawls

Actor
Idris Elba
Russell "Stringer" Bell

Actor
Frankie R. Faison
Comm. Ervin H. Burrell

Actor
Larry Gilliard Jr.
D'Angelo Barksdale

Actor
Wood Harris
Avon Barksdale

Actor
Domenick Lombardozzi
Det. Thomas "Herc" Hauk

Actor
Deirdre Lovejoy
Rhonda Pearlman

Actor
Wendell Pierce
Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Actor
Lance Reddick
Lt. Cedric Daniels

Actor
Andre Royo
Bubbles

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Sonja Sohn
Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs

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J.D. Williams
Preston "Bodie" Broadus

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Seth Gilliam
Sgt. Ellis Carver

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Clarke Peters
Det. Lester Freamon

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Jim True-Frost
Det. Roland "Prezbo" Pryzbylewski

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Michael K. Williams
Omar Little

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Corey Parker Robinson
Det. Leander Sydnor

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Michael B. Jordan
Wallace

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Michael Salconi
Det. Michael "Sanny" Santangelo

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Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 1

  • Nov 16, 2021
    The Wire is often extremely slow, especially at the start. But those with patience will find an intriguing story that features excellent writing and so many memorable scenes.
  • Sep 16, 2021
    Ok, early days yet as I'm only a few episodes into the first season but I'm struggling with it. Given its stellar reputation I really want to give it plenty of time to develop and grab my attention but I have a real problem following the street slang. It may be authentic but boy it's hard to understand. Surprised no one else appears to have mentioned this aspect in reviews! Maybe they're all Americans who understand this perfectly? Will keep going but this is a real barrier to enjoying the drama……
  • Jul 24, 2021
    This right here is fine storytelling. One of the best shows I ever watched.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Awesome series- great storyline and acting
  • Dec 06, 2020
    Best TV show Ever ( Seriously ! )
  • Oct 05, 2020
    I don't know how it took a pandemic for me to finally watch this show, but I'm ecstatic that I finally watched it. The first season does an incredible job setting the stage and introducing the vast array of characters and depth of the bountiful plots and subplots to come, as the wealth of Baltimore's political and criminal surface world and underworld are inextricably linked from the mayor down to the most seemingly insignificant of drug addicts.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    Season 1 of The Wire was a brilliant delving into the societal complexity surrounding police departments, criminals, addicts, and the black community in America. It rarely strays into one-note stereotypes and portrays nearly every character with careful moral ambiguity. The plot starts quick and exciting and never lets up, leading to one of the most fun, thought-provoking, and well-crafted seasons of television I've watched. 4.50/5.00 Full Review: https://watchreadgame.com/the-wire-season-1/
  • Aug 09, 2020
    An almost unbearable slow-burn makes us see more than 5 episodes to understand that we are watching a master piece of television.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    Good acting, great job catching the street aspect. I'd give it a better rating if the show didn't glorify police brutality in such a major way. It's like the writers just thought it was funny. By the time you get done watching these crooked cops beat the hell outta everyone they suspect of anything you're like, damn, no wonder they're such criminals.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    Thought episode 1 was incredibly slow. Was advised to give the show time. I did. 5 episodes in and I can't do anymore. Stories are interesting but pace is painful. Acting is superb but offset by terribly slow movement.

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