The Wire: Season 1 (2002)



Critic 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.


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A complex crime drama set in Baltimore, Maryland, that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of both law-enforcement officials and the criminals they're pursuing.


Dominic West
as Det. James McNulty
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
John Doman
as Maj. William A. Rawls
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Seth Gilliam
as Det. Ellis Carver
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzblewski
Corey Parker Robinson
as Det. Leander Sydnor
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Rhonda Pearlman
Nat Benchley
as Det. Augustus `Augie' Polk
Tom Quinn
as Det. Patrick Mahone
Delaney Williams
as Sgt. Jay Landsman
Michael Hyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Micaiah Jones
as Little Man
Peter Gerety
as Judge Daniel Phelan
Richard De Angelis
as Capt. Raymond Forester
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Doug Olear
as FBI Agent Terrance Fitzhugh
Michael Salconi
as Det. Michael Santangelo
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice `Maury' Levy
Erik Todd Dellums
as Bryan `Doc' Frazier
Dave Trovato
as Lt. Walter Cantrell
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Shamyl Brown
as Donette
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Critic Reviews for The Wire Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Stick with The Wire, at any rate, and you'll get a series that not only is the best on HBO, but also the channel's most lifelike.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Baltimore is not just a stand-in for Western civilization or globalized urban rot or the American inner city now given the cold federal shoulder in the folly-filled war on terror, though it is certainly all these things. Baltimore is also just itself...

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Wire is comfort television for cynics and paranoiacs.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Season one is powerful because it affords those in the projects the same level of humanity as it does the police, if not more. And while it fashions a compelling crime story, it does so while acknowledging the strictures of red tape.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A drama with a depth and complexity which few novels, never mind TV series, have achieved.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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The Wire is far more than the inner-city crime-and-punishment drama HBO initially sold it as.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The most important contribution this narrative gave to the entirety of the series comes in how the drug organizations and the Baltimore police department are more alike than one might think.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The best crime show out there, deserving of any and all hype.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

From the get-go, Simon and Burns proved they had made a show unlike any other.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

To really appreciate The Wire, you have to watch an entire season. Unlike most shows, The Wire isn't concerned with serving up cliff hangers to make you tune in next week. A season of The Wire is like a good book.

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

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Jan 25, 2015

Truly one of the best shows ever made, The Wire is an expertly crafted masterpiece. On my second run-through of the show, I notice all the little details I might have missed. The characters are so well-fleshed and realistic, their little nuances and ambitions are evident from the get go and never disappear until the show is over. They are humans, they exist. There are no introduction, they make awful mistakes, they make excellent things and it's all very grim and overly realistic. That's probably my only complaint on the show: there's hardly any entertainment to it. However, this is an uncompromising look at the drug trade that was never seen before. It affects everything and it will never disappear.

Francisco G


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