The Wire: Season 5 (2008)


Season 5
The Wire

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The Wire goes out with a suitably resonant bang in its final season, craftily maneuvering venturesome motifs and a colorful cast of characters to skillfully understated conclusion.

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Critic Ratings: 44

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Air date: Jan 6, 2008

Sgt. Carver faces discontent of unpaid officers; Mayor Carcetti struggles with keeping a campaign promise; Proposition Joe and others meet to discuss dividing drug frontiers across East Baltimore's county line.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2008

Marlo takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Barksdale; Mayor Carcetti's chief of staff searches for good news; frustrated McNulty decides to take matters into his own hands.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2008

The press learns of Carcetti's plan for the police department; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with a problem; McNulty shares some inside information with Gutierrez.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2008

Campbell tries to facilitate the transitions in the police department; the newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall; Proposition Joe prepares to make himself scarce.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2008

Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect; the newspaper gives McNulty increasing attention; Elena confronts him about his behavior.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2008

Templeton makes headlines; Bunk follows up on old leads; McNulty takes an interest in the homeless.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2008

After an unexpected call, Templeton and the newspaper find themselves back in the spotlight; McNulty receives unwanted attention.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2008

Bunk returns a favor; Carcetti must make political deals; Haynes approaches Templeton about his sources.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2008

While Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, McNulty is not in the mood to celebrate; Michael is suspicious about his latest assignment; Bubbles recounts a recent temptation.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2008

Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario; McNulty asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case; Haynes' concerns about Templeton fall on deaf ears; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan.

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Cast & Crew

Dominic West
Det. James "Jimmy" McNulty

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John Doman
William A. Rawls

Actor
Domenick Lombardozzi
Det. Thomas "Herc" Hauk

Actor
Wendell Pierce
Det. William "Bunk" Moreland

Actor
Lance Reddick
Lt. Cedric Daniels

Actor
Andre Royo
Bubbles

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Sonja Sohn
Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs

Actor
J.D. Williams
Preston "Bodie" Broadus

Actor
Clarke Peters
Det. Lester Freamon

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Jim True-Frost
Det. Roland "Prezbo" Pryzbylewski

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Michael K. Williams
Omar Little

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Corey Parker Robinson
Det. Leander Sydnor

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Aidan Gillen
Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti

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Jamie Hector
Marlo Stanfield

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Reg E. Cathey
Norman Wilson

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Tom McCarthy
Scott Templeton

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Jermaine Crawford
Duquan "Dukie" Weems

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Tristan Wilds
Michael Lee

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Michael Kostroff
Maurice "Maury" Levy

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David Costabile
Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow

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Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 5

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 5

  • Nov 09, 2021
    The Wire is probably my favourite show of all-time, or at least it's right up there with Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I thought the fifth season was the weakest season in the sense that I didn't really buy into McNulty imploding in as extreme fashion as he did, especially after season four. But it's a minor quibble, still really, really great TV.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    The wire's last season ist a transgressive master piece delivering us the most realistic noir plot of television's history , while smartly destroys all expectations that we have from such genre. A triumph.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    Everything about this season is bad.The acting,writing,cinematography and dialogue are all pretty bad and typically when a series ends it does out on a high note,well,this show did the opposite.Not that the show was great to begin with.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    For the first time since the shows opening scene, the story line seems to spiral (not out of control) but out of something more compartmental and into widespread mayhem. The press, the media, the documenting body of Baltimore become heavily involved bringing more exceptional acting and astute dialogue into the mix. There is always method in the madness as The Wire so often demonstrates... as loose ends are tied and some left undone, the most complexly entertaining show of all time delivers a satisfying conclusion that cleverly leaves a simple two word thought lingering in the atmosphere... The Wire.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    I did not want this show to end. But, All good things must come to an end. I was sad to see this excellent show conclude.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    BEST TV SHOW EVER. People will rave about The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, GoT, Mad Men, Rome... and all of those are excellent shows. But The Wire is storytelling on a whole other level.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    The final season of The Wire. Very rushed compared to the rest of the show, but David Simon had to cut his episode count down, thus writing many hours out of the script very last minute. It definitely shows. This is my least favorite season of the show, however, that does not say much because it is still a perfect piece of television. This is when shit goes down. The pace is kicked up and whatever you think may happen, your expectations will be destroyed. The finale to the greatest story ever put to screen, television or film. The Wire is the greatest piece of art in the last few decades.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    A noticeable drop off in writing quality for the 5th and final season of the Wire. Still excellent TV but it didn't feel quite right.
  • Nov 22, 2019
    A wonderful and thought-provoking ending to one of the greatest shows of all times. There could not be a better way to make this show than the way it was made. Absolute masterpiece, perfection!
  • Oct 19, 2019
    I was sad to this end, but they did it in the right way!

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