The Wire: Season 2 (2003)


Season 2
The Wire

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



Critic Ratings: 13


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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
John Doman
as Col. William A. Rawls
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
Chris Bauer
as Frank Sobotka
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Paul Ben-Victor
as Spiros `Vondas' Vondopoulos
Amy Ryan
as Off. Beatrice Russell
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzblewski
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Rhonda Pearlman
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Seth Gilliam
as Det. Ellis Carver
Delaney Williams
as Sgt. Jay Landsman
Bill Raymond
as The Greek
William Raymond
as The Greek
Jeffrey Fugitt
as Off. Claude Diggins
Luray Cooper
as Nathaniel `Nat' Coxson
Robert F. Chew
as Proposition Joe
Robert F. Colesberry
as Det. Ray Cole
Ted Feldman
as George `Double-G' Glekas
Callie Thorne
as Elena McNulty
Tom Mardirosian
as Agent Kristos Koutris
Charley Scalies
as Horseface
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Eric Dellums
as Randall `Doc' Frazier
Chris Ashworth
as Sergei Malatov
Method Man
as Melvin `Cheese' Wagstaff
Shamyl Brown
as Donette
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Sen. R. Clayton Davis
Robert Hogan
as Louis Sobotka
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice `Maury' Levy
Michael Wyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Doug Olear
as Agent Terrance Fitzhugh
Maria Bloom
as Marla Daniels
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Critic Reviews for The Wire Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Just as I imagine lots of you were completely lost at this stage in season one, only to grow to understand and love it as you went, I suspect you're going to have a similar learning curve here.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I mean it's not the best. That'd be three. But it's not the worst. That'd be five. And that is still a really good series.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In my mind season 2, while not the best of the lot, is certainly the most unique, and as a result it commands your attention.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Season two is a devastating statement about several groups of people failed by this country's institutions.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's pretty impressive how Simon and co. effortlessly pull off a completely different but similarly believable milieu.

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

Omar continues to be amazing. His courtroom scene in "All Prologue" is unforgettable, and it highlights how The Wire finally began to develop a sense of humor in season two.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

A richly textured universe unto itself, populated by detectives, drug dealers, longshoremen, politicians and lawyers who have motives so diverse, surprising and complicated, each scene seems to reveal a new layer of depth and complexity.

Jun 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The Wire proves, in Season 2, that it is the most ambitious storytelling series on television.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

One of the best shows on television.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Although the big themes are in play, this isn't Clifford Odets making his characters into idea puppets. The people that Simon and his collaborator, former Baltimore cop Ed Burns, have imagined are utterly believable as human beings.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 2

  • Jan 25, 2015
    Things take a shakespearean turn on Season 2. This is a more traditional story-telling of the fall of a family that made some very bad decisions over the years and we get to witness the downfall, right when it starts. There are not many surprises to be had here and I found the shift to be a bit too hard. Things would be much well balanced on later seasons, where the switch from different ambients would work flawlessly, but here, the impact is too big and the story not too engaging. However, the rest remains intact: the attention to detail, the grim ambient, the top-notch acting; whilst giving us a better understanding of how this trade works and how it brutally affects everything around it.
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  • Jun 29, 2019
    Probably my favourite season, even though when I watched it first time round I didn't think much of it, expecting a direct follow-on from S1. But then I realised the show isn't just about the drug lords and their territories, but how drugs and political corruption affects ordinary people trying to make a crust on the streets of Baltimore. Absolutely outstanding in every conceivable way!
  • Mar 27, 2019
    Ziggy is insufferable and has too much screen time. was able to finish the season because I knew there was a season 3 awaiting me.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    Keeping up with the same great writing as series one and a different aspect on how to create the sting. Wonderful TV
  • Jul 17, 2017
    Season 2 keeps it fresh by exploring a different part of Baltimore, while weaving in some of the old.
  • Sep 11, 2016
    Great sequel after a good first season. I like the mood of that port environment.
  • Jun 17, 2016
    Anybody that has seen it, Loves it! Great actors, showing the drug dealers, the attics, the cops, politics and the press point of view in hbo epic crime drama based in bodymore murderland.
  • Sep 06, 2015
    Following up from season one, now also the industrial side is being brought into the series, by following the workers at the docks. Here criminal elements are involved as the drug line are coming in with the boats. Though a container of dead girls will get the attention of the police. This is the best The Wire season. The cast is incredible, Stringer Bell, Vondas, Frank Sobotka, McNaulty & Bunk, Lester Freemon.
  • Aug 18, 2015
    The final episode pulled no punches, which helps balance out how the second season never seemed to reach the heights of the first.
  • Jan 08, 2015
    Another impressive season of the Wire with more complex characters and interesting crime networks.

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