The Wire: Season 4 (2006)


Season 4
The Wire

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Realistically flawed characters in harrowing, uncompromising circumstances, along with engrossing storytelling, make The Wire one of TV's top dramas of its time.



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Air date: Sep 10, 2006
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David Simon's masterful social commentary went back to school, quite literally, in the fourth series, which focuses on Baltimore's crumbling education system. A relevant link to its first three seasons is supplied by Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (Jim True-Frost), who left the police department to become a teacher at Edward Tilghman Middle School, a hardscrabble institution on life support that services a low-income, drug-infested neighbourhood. His eighth-grade maths class includes a close-knit quartet of friends---Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell), Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds), Duquan "Dukie" Weems (Jermaine Crawford) and Namond Brice (Julito McCullum). The wisecracking Brice is ignominiously selected to be part of a university experiment studying at-risk kids, which counts a former police commander, Bunny Colvin (Robert Wisdom), as a consultant. Out on the corners, Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector) strengthens his grip on the city's West Side narcotics trade once dominated by the Barksdale gang, and with his cold-blooded lieutenants, Chris (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Snoop (Felicia Pearson), devises an ingenious method to hide the collateral damage of his ascent from the law. This sleight-of-hand bedevils detectives Freamon (Clarke Peters), Greggs (Sonja Sohn) and Bunk (Wendell Pierce). The trio are flummoxed by the lack of victims that would surely coincide with Marlo's ever-widening domain, a savage power grab that also threatens the relative peace of the New Day Co-Op under East Side pooh-bah Proposition Joe (Robert F Chew). Meanwhile, the Democratic primary in the city's mayoral campaign pits the entrenched African-American incumbent, Clarence Royce (Glynn Turman), against Councilman Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen), a scrappy politico with a savvy campaign manager in Norman Wilson (Reg E Cathey), but a long shot to become Charm City's first white chief executive in years.


Dominic West
as Det. Jimmy McNulty
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `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
Seth Gilliam
as Det. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Jim True-Frost
as Roland `Prez' Pryzbylewski
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin Burrell
Delaney Williams
as Sgt. Jay Landsman
Chad L. Coleman
as Dennis `Cutty' Wise
Aidan Gillen
as Councilman Thomas Carcetti
Jamie Hector
as Marlo Stanfield
Robert Wisdom
as Howard `Bunny' Colvin
Amy Ryan
as Off. Beatrice Russell
Reg E. Cathey
as Norman Wilson
Jermaine Crawford
as Duquan `Dukie' Weems
Maestro Harrell
as Randy Wagstaff
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Chris Partlow
Corey Parker Robinson
as Det. Leandor Sydnor
Julito McCullum
as Namond Brice
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Tristan Wilds
as Michael Lee
Glynn Turman
as Mayor Clarence Royce
Robert F. Chew
as Proposition Joe
Anwan Glover
as Slim Charles
Dan DeLuca
as Dr. David Parenti
Tootsie Duvall
as Marcia Donnelly
Frederick Strother
as Odell Watkins
Dravon James
as Grace Sampson
Sandi McCree
as De'Londa Brice
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Sen. R. Clayton Davis
Cleo Reginald Pizana
as Coleman Parker
Brandy Burre
as Theresa D'Agostino
Ed Norris
as Det. Ed Norris
Stacie Davis
as Ms. Duquette
Boris McGiver
as Lt. Charles Marimow
Benjamin Busch
as Off. Anthony Colicchio
Rick Otto
as Kenneth Dozerman
Jay Landsman
as Lt. Dennis Mello
Jonnie Louis Brown
as Off. Eddie Walker
Gregory L. Williams
as Det. Crutchfield
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Det. Vernon Holley
Marlyne Barrett
as Naresse Campbell
Marlyne N. Afflack
as Naresse Campbell
Marlyne Afflack
as Naresse Campbell
Michael Salconi
as Off. Michael Santangelo
Christopher Mann
as Councilman Anthony Gray
Richard Hidlebird
as Claudell Withers
Method Man
as Melvin `Cheese' Wagstaff
Megan Anderson
as Jen Carcetti
Shamika Cotton
as Michael's mom
Michael Willis
as Andy Krawczyk
Tyrell Baker
as Little Kevin
Gene Terinoni
as Lt. Asher
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Joilet F. Harris
as Off. Caroline Massey
Dion Graham
as Rupert Bond
Denise Hart
as Miss Anna
Neal Huff
as Michael Steintorf
Callie Thorne
as Elena McNulty
Richard DeAngelis
as Col. Raymond Foerster
Paul Ben-Victor
as Spiros `Vondas' Vondopoulos
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice Levy
Michael Hyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Brian Anthony Williams
as Det. Crutchfield
Bobby Brown
as Off. Bobby Brown
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Critic Reviews for The Wire Season 4

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Having previewed all 13 episodes, I won't give away what happens to them, except to say that as usual, the program reverses your expectations while breaking your heart.

Jun 6, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While the fourth-season opener features the usual warp-speed intercuts of a dozen plot lines, its central focus is ingeniously linking the tribulations of 1) street-corner drug dealing and 2) running for mayor of Baltimore.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Easily the best show currently on television, and if I ever sit down to make a list of the all-time top shows, it will certainly sit comfortably in the top five.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

More or less universally recognized as the The Wire's crown jewel, season 4 is indeed brilliant, and it does contain the most trenchant criticism the show makes.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The only thing harder to take in season four than the paths that these kids are set on is the realization that so many of them, and so many like them, never stood a chance in the first place.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Wire is the best crime related show on TV... and maybe even the smartest show on television - period.

Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Wire covers over 12 hours what any other cop show would play out in just one episode, and it's this microscopic attention to detail, so perfectly executed, that raises it above every other cop show on television.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This season of The Wire will knock the breath out of you.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

The Wire reclaims its place in the top tier of American drama.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to The Wire. Even if you think you don't have time for television, find an hour a week to watch the fourth season of The Wire. It's a masterpiece.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 4

  • Jun 30, 2019
    This time the spotlights falls in Baltimore's failing education system and how some of its kids just don't see the point of an education when they know they won't get good jobs; and so are easily turned to crime and drug running where the easy money comes along with all of its associated dangers. It's hard going at times, and the underlying politics gives you the sense of how helpless things are trying to bring children up to do the right things when adults - who should know better - are no better than gangsters short of being armed with guns. Especially the way they will lie, cheat, betray, threaten just to get ahead of the game. And typically with The Wire as a whole, there is no happy ending to this season - perhaps the odd glimmer of hope for some; but The Wire shines brightly because it's the real world and not some fantasy island where the good guys come out on top. Excellent stuff
  • Feb 13, 2019
    It's so true that one of the biggest issues in the drug wars is the kids getting dragged into them. This season is very raw. Hard to watch as an English parent in a nice cosy area, but I'm no fool . I know this is a massive problem in the US and the show tackles it superbly.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    A brilliant exploration of youth and whether or not one becomes a part of the criminal world. With one particularly powerful climax.
  • Apr 30, 2018
    The best season of probably the best American TV show ever made is TV at it's absolute best. This is required, essential viewing.
  • Mar 02, 2018
    One of the best shows ever made.
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Potentially the best season so far.
  • Jan 01, 2018
    Realistic, complex, tragic. The fourth season of The Wire hits you like a ton of bricks. It's everything television can be, and it's the finest moment of one of the best shows of all time.
  • Nov 24, 2017
    The WIre is unbelievable. Every character is a legend...
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Tackling problems in the school system and paralleling it with the drug scene and politics with the precise, thoroughness viewers expect from The Wire make this easily the best season.
  • 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.

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