The Wire: Season 3 (2004)

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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

1
Air date: Sep 19, 2004
2
Air date: Sep 26, 2004
3
Air date: Oct 3, 2004
4
Air date: Oct 10, 2004
5
Air date: Oct 17, 2004
6
Air date: Oct 31, 2004
7
Air date: Nov 7, 2004
8
Air date: Nov 14, 2004
9
Air date: Nov 21, 2004
10
Air date: Nov 28, 2004
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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.

Cast

Dominic West
as Det. Jimmy McNulty
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Chris Partlow
Wendell Pierce
as Bunk Moreland
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
John Doman
as Col. William Rawls
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Rhonda Pearlman
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzbylewski
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin Burrell
Chad L. Coleman
as Dennis `Cutty' Wise
Robert Wisdom
as Maj. Howard `Bunny' Colvin
Delaney Williams
as Sergeant Jay Landsman
Aidan Gillen
as Councilman Thomas Carcetti
Christopher Mann
as Councilman Tony Gray
Antonio Cordova
as Michael McNulty
Robert F. Chew
as Proposition Joe
Glynn Turman
as Mayor Clarence Royce
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Sen. R. Clayton Davis
Tony D. Head
as Maj. Bobby Reed
Shamyl Brown
as Donette
Michael Hyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Callie Thorne
as Elena McNulty
Anwan Glover
as Slim Charles
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Michael Potts
as Brother Mouzone
Ryan Sands
as Officer Truck Garrick
Jay Landsman
as Lieutenant Dennis Mello
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice Levy
Benjamin Busch
as Officer Anthony Colicchio
Corey Parker Robinson
as Det. Leandor Sydnor
Cleo Reginald Pizana
as Chief of Staff Coleman Parker
Method Man
as Melvin `Cheese' Wagstaff
Eric Dellums
as `Doc' Frazier
Richard DeAngelis
as Colonel Ray Foerster
Peter Gerety
as Judge Daniel Phelan
Michael S. Willis
as Andy Krawczyk
Ed Norris
as Detective Ed Norris
Joilet F. Harris
as Officer Caroline Massey
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Detective Vernon Holley
Megan Anderson
as Jen Carcetti
Mayo Best
as Gerard
R. Emery Bright
as Community Relations Sergeant
Tony Cordova
as Michael McNulty
Fred Strother
as State Delegate Odell Watkins
Richard DeSantis
as Colonel Ray Forester
Lawrence Cameron Steele
as Police Lieutenant
Michael Salconi
as Officer Michael Santangelo
Eric Ryan
as Sean McNulty
Eugene Little
as Cutty's Boss
Keith Moyer
as Junk Man
Jerry Walsh
as Mr. Lake
William Gerad Jones
as Kid Making Drug Deal
Muna Otaru
as Student in Registrar's Office
Mike Anderson
as Drug Dealer
David Von Roehm
as Detective at Base
Tony Head
as Major Bobby Read
Chester West
as Shift Lieutenant
Nina Hodoruk
as State's Attorney Kendall Remnick
Andrew Aninsman
as Aggravated Sergeant
Rick Otto
as Officer Kenneth Dozerman
Erik Dellums
as Dr. Randall Frazier
Lloyd Llee Barnett
as Major Marvin Taylor
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News & Interviews for The Wire: Season 3

Critic Reviews for The Wire Season 3

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Within the limits of its form, The Wire is a masterpiece and will continue to be as long as it can maintain the depth of the standards it has set for itself.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

David Simon's series about big-city crime, poverty and politics starts its third 12-episode arc, its breathtaking excellence undiminished.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It pays off after meticulous, devoted viewing, delivering rewards not unlike those won by readers who conquer Joyce, Faulkner or Henry James. The story is unrelieved grime, a sickening, sprawling epic.

Oct 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The dramatic performances are off the charts, the humor is lethal and that bleak view of humanity -- that downward spiral of life being ground down one day at a time -- yep, still intact.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Still one of the most underappreciated crime shows on television, The Wire kicks off its ever subtle third season with the precarious power struggles among Baltimore drug dealers and crime fighters alike.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

It was both lovely and stark -- a statement that American television can reflect life as it is, not as some people want it to be. This sort of depiction is all the more startling because it can only happen on cable channels.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The Wire works in persistent shades of gray; there are no musical cues, no delirious editing, to force you to snap to attention. It's one of the best shows on television because of its complexities -- moral, situational and otherwise.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The writing is impeccable, the acting -- mostly by black actors seldom seen elsewhere -- downright brilliant. This is a drama that, for all its dark humor, rises again and again to Shakespearean levels of tragedy.

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Simon has always been good, but he seems to have truly matured this year as both a writer and executive producer. No one is making richer television drama than he is right now.

May 16, 2014 | Full Review…

It's not hard to get into the compelling, hard-edged saga as good as any cinematic offering; it's hard to escape once you're in.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 3 had the weight of finality, concluding the most compelling plot of the series...

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Still in the show's favor are its depiction of a complex web of corruption and politics, the full Dickensian strata of urban life, and its refusal to find neat solutions.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 3

  • 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.
  • Dec 12, 2018
    A masterpiece of television. A brilliant exploration of reform and change against the immovable status quo.
  • Sep 06, 2017
    Have come to this series a decade or so later than the rest of you but loving it. Great character development even the bit parts!

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