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.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 1, 2003

Detective Jimmy McNulty finds a body in the Baltimore harbor; Bodie drives to Philadelphia to make a connection for the Barksdale crew.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2003

Valchek seeks revenge for the church gift fiasco; Barksdale runs his empire from his prison cell; police officers investigate the contraband found in The Greek's container.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2003

Bunk and Freamon chase a container ship to Philadelphia; Lt. Cedric Daniels is unhappy with his assignment; McNulty pursues the identity of his Jane Doe.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2003

Sobotka reprimands Nick for stealing cameras; Burrell asks Daniels to lead the detail investigating Sobotka; McNulty begins courting his estranged wife.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2003

Ziggy loses his prized Camaro to drug dealers; Col. Rawls puts pressure on Bunk to solve the homicide investigation; Bodie gets heat for weak product.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2003

McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe; Sobotka tries to play a political game on behalf of his union; D'Angelo wants to live outside of Barksdale's umbrella.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2003

Sobotka gives his lobbyist grief over the status of port legislation; Greggs and Prez tap into a circuit of Russian prostitutes; Bell tries to hold it together in the wake of a recent tragedy.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2003

McNulty is back to his old self; Bunk tries to get Daniels and Rawls to look after McNulty; Sobotka meets with the Greek and Vondas; business dries up for Bodie and Poot.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2003

Bodie's effort to improve sales ends disastrously; Ziggy pulls Johnny Fifty into a new caper; McNulty goes under cover in the brothel.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2003

The Detail uses satellite technology to its advantage; Valcheck visits the FBI; Ziggy's deal goes bad.

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Cast & Crew

John Doman
William A. Rawls

Actor
Idris Elba
Russell "Stringer" Bell

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

Actor
Sonja Sohn
Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs

Actor
J.D. Williams
Preston "Bodie" Broadus

Actor
Seth Gilliam
Sgt. Ellis Carver

Actor
Clarke Peters
Det. Lester Freamon

Actor
Jim True-Frost
Det. Roland "Prezbo" Pryzbylewski

Actor
Michael K. Williams
Omar Little

Actor
Corey Parker Robinson
Det. Leander Sydnor

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Chris Bauer
Frank Sobotka

Actor
Paul Ben-Victor
Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Actor
James Ransone
Chester "Ziggy" Sobotka

Actor
Amy Ryan
Off. Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Actor
Pablo Schreiber
Nick Sobotka

Actor
Charley Scalies
Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa

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News & Interviews for The Wire: Season 2

Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 2

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 2

  • Aug 09, 2020
    Even if the expansion of new sectors of Baltimore can look messy , the wire manages to bring us not just realism , social criticism and good performances but a real good lesson of how to create a gripping story
  • Jun 28, 2020
    It is an important part of 'The Wire'' puzzle.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    This is where The Wire begins to expose the intricacy of it's intentions now that it has your full undivided attention. The character pool extends with the introduction of a blue collar workforce, far more contingent to the average viewer than mettlesome cops and robbers. The industry side of the story is perhaps not as engaging as the criminal element consistent throughout the shows entirety, but the way these inner city compartments are tied together is.
  • May 27, 2020
    The first five episodes were a little slow, interesting but nothing very surprising happening, but like the first season, it keeps engrossing you as the season goes on. Season 2 of The Wire brings in new characters giving off a different vibe than its first season and could be a little confusing for some to keep up with the large amount of characters, but it sticks with its critical social and political commentary with this season focusing on the the poor treatment of industry workers. The season also has some great performances from the actors of the old characters and the new.
  • May 03, 2020
    When I first watched the Series 1 E 01 had no idea what this series headed for, no sooner till the 2nd series end, I was blown way by the brilliance of the ambience of the whole series.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    David Simon is a genius and The Wire is his magnum opus. The greatest TV show of all time, no question. Season 2 carries a depth very different from the rest of the show. The most exploratory season.
  • Dec 28, 2019
    It's a change of tune from Season 1, but its slow burn end up magnifying the ending, as you realize that this is the only logical step after a first season focused on the low profile drug dealers.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    This season is a slow burn. A commentary on the death of working class America whilst also setting up for a thrilling Season 3.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    I love love love this season. Ziggy, Frank, Nicky, the Greek, Prop Joe, it all ties together so beautiful I was literally sad that it ended. I've watched this season so many times and will again.
  • 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!

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