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.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Sep 19, 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.


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
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
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Detective Vernon Holley
Megan Anderson
as Jen Carcetti
Mayo Best
as Gerard
Ed Norris
as Detective Ed Norris
Joilet F. Harris
as Officer Caroline Massey
R. Emery Bright
as Community Relations Sergeant
Tony Cordova
as Michael McNulty
Michael S. Willis
as Andy Krawczyk
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
David Von Roehm
as Detective at Base
Chester West
as Shift Lieutenant
Nina Hodoruk
as State's Attorney Kendall Remnick
Tony Head
as Major Bobby Read
Rick Otto
as Officer Kenneth Dozerman
Erik Dellums
as Dr. Randall Frazier
Lloyd Llee Barnett
as Major Marvin Taylor
Andrew Aninsman
as Aggravated Sergeant
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
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Critic Reviews for The Wire Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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…

Season three is powerful in a dozen different ways, layering in striking complexities to many of the show's relationships-while also making a place for scenery-chewing, larger-than-life characters.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

In a way, season 3 is what The Wire is all about. The program, with every institution it scrutinizes, seeks to identify the ways in which we try to repair them, only to give in to our most self-serving and base needs.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Much has been made of the influence of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare on The Wire, but it's a different genre that's being referenced here.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

After three seasons, should we have expected anything different? The Wire has argued that change is possible on an individual level, but that institutions are incapable of realistic, long-term change because they're busy perpetuating themselves.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The Wire remains HBO's -- and television's -- best drama in years.

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

The Wire once again proves it's too smart and too deep to fall into simply cynicism.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Gritty and engrossing as ever, this police drama widens its sights in its third season.

May 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Moments like Cole's wake... make it one of the most uplifting and ultimately transcendent dramas television has ever offered.

May 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 3

  • 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!
  • Jun 11, 2017
    Is The Wire; best series of times!
  • Sep 11, 2016
    Uuuh, what a disapointment after the first two great seasons. Boring plot and to much BlahBlah here and BlahBlah there and BlahBlah here again...
  • Aug 07, 2016
    The best season of all.
  • 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
    In season three David Simon including also the politicians into the Wire. Here a young white Carcetti is aiming high to make the city a better place. All this on top of the "Game" with the big players in the Barksdale gang, getting chased by McNaulty and his team of detectives.
  • Feb 27, 2015
    The third season of The Wire continues to offer compelling drama and raise thought-provoking questions about the criminal justice system.

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