The Wire: Season 3 (2004)


Season 3
The Wire

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

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 19, 2004

Urban reform forces the Barksdale drug crew to find a new home; the mayor informs Burrell that the number of murders must come down.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2004

Omar continues to make bold strikes on Barksdale stash houses; McNulty launches an investigation into a prison suicide.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2004

A blown wire tap forces Daniels' detail to turn to a new target; Omar and his crew stick up a Barksdale stash house; Cutty struggles to stay on the straight and narrow.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2004

Greggs learns how Marlo takes care of business; Carcetti reveals his political ambitions; McNulty reconnects with Stringer.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2004

Colvin arms himself with intelligence from Daniels' detail; Carcetti wants to fix the witness protection program; Omar struggles with dissension in the ranks.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2004

Stringer Bell gets an education in construction management; Bunk delivers a searing message to Omar; Daniels keeps up the front of marriage to Marla.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2004

Herc discovers a blast from the past; Omar grapples with guilt; Bunk receives a gift-wrapped surprise; McNulty tracks Terri to Washington.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2004

McNulty and Greggs embark on a road trip; Carcetti confronts a hurdle; Marlo appears to take the bait.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2004

McNulty and Prez turn up in the wrong alley; Cutty finds help; Bubbles is wired up; Pearlman and Daniels confront a cell-phone company.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2004

Brother Mouzone returns to Baltimore; Colvin puts off a reporter; Burrell delivers news to City Hall; Pearlman and Daniels plead their case.

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Cast & Crew

John Doman
William A. Rawls

Actor
Idris Elba
Russell "Stringer" Bell

Actor
Frankie R. Faison
Comm. Ervin H. Burrell

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

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

Actor
Aidan Gillen
Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti

Actor
Robert Wisdom
Howard "Bunny" Colvin

Actor
Chad L. Coleman
Dennis "Cutty" Wise

Guest Star
Anwan Glover
Slim Charles

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Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 3

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 3

  • Aug 02, 2021
    One of the greatest seasons of TV ever made!!!
  • Aug 09, 2020
    I really cant believe anybody would give this season 100%... I understand it was 15 years ago an tv wasn't all that competitive, but damn. This is the season that killed the show, why would they do this. This show has all the build up, with zero pay off. Why on earth would they show us how smart Stringer is for 3 seasons, than just kill him before he does anything? Why build up criminal rivalry just to give up on them and kill them with a whimper. I had high Hope's for this show, but what a waste.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Literal perfection in terms of storytelling. A fully realised world with its own complexities and characters.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Cue Politics The exhibiting of political campaigning may not be for everyone, but the intrigue provoked by the figures involved makes for compelling viewing. As the entanglement of characters spreads into City Hall, at times it's hard to decide who are the do-gooders and who are the do-badders? Who's motives are honest and who's are dirty? By the end of Season 3 you really do feel as though you're looking behind the curtain and under the floor at the same time.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    Season 3 of The Wire is so out of this world with its complex characters, masterfully written dialogue and tons of payoff from the previous two seasons. As good as television gets.
  • Jan 14, 2020
    S3 is a full-on masterpiece on television story-telling, and yet again elevates 'The Wire' to the all-time great pantheon of dramas.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    The best season. This season revolves around Bunny Colvin as he attempts to solve the Gordian's knot that is drug crime in Baltimore. I've re-watched this series a few times since it aired and this is still my favourite season.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    This show just kept getting better and better. Great writing and story lines!!
  • Jun 29, 2019
    I loved the idea of "Hamsterdam", and the possibility of moving drug running to a controlled and patrolled area. The politics behind it was even more astounding. And the conclusion was also out of field, and to be honest I thought that would have concluded the series as a whole. And it also proves that main characters that you really get into don't always stay around all that long.
  • May 05, 2019
    A perfect season of a great series.

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