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The Wire: Season 1 (2002)




Critic Consensus: Though it takes its time getting started, The Wire is worth the wait, spinning a connective web of characters and delivering no-holds-barred commentary on some of America's unsettling societal problems.


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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. James McNulty
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
John Doman
as Maj. William A. Rawls
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Seth Gilliam
as Det. Ellis Carver
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Andre Royo
as Bubbles
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzblewski
Corey Parker Robinson
as Det. Leander Sydnor
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Rhonda Pearlman
Nat Benchley
as Det. Augustus `Augie' Polk
Tom Quinn
as Det. Patrick Mahone
Tom Quinn
as Det. Patrick Mahone
Delaney Williams
as Sgt. Jay Landsman
Michael Hyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Micaiah Jones
as Little Man
Peter Gerety
as Judge Daniel Phelan
Richard De Angelis
as Capt. Raymond Forester
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Doug Olear
as FBI Agent Terrance Fitzhugh
Michael Salconi
as Det. Michael Santangelo
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice `Maury' Levy
Erik Todd Dellums
as Bryan `Doc' Frazier
Dave Trovato
as Lt. Walter Cantrell
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Shamyl Brown
as Donette
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Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

Baltimore is not just a stand-in for Western civilization or globalized urban rot or the American inner city now given the cold federal shoulder in the folly-filled war on terror, though it is certainly all these things. Baltimore is also just itself...

November 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Wire is comfort television for cynics and paranoiacs.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Season one is powerful because it affords those in the projects the same level of humanity as it does the police, if not more. And while it fashions a compelling crime story, it does so while acknowledging the strictures of red tape.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The most important contribution this narrative gave to the entirety of the series comes in how the drug organizations and the Baltimore police department are more alike than one might think.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A drama with a depth and complexity which few novels, never mind TV series, have achieved.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Wire is far more than the inner-city crime-and-punishment drama HBO initially sold it as.

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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