The Wire: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

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 (12) | Top Critics (7)

Its straightforward, uncomfortable portrayal of America's urban crisis makes the issues facing urban America difficult to forget.

June 6, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

As we gradually get to know the players... The Wire grows electric.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Those who stick with the show for two or three episodes are going to find themselves caring about people with whom they may never have imagined becoming acquainted.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a murky world with no clear good guys made all the more unclear by stories, characters and motivations that unfold at a snail's pace.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

The writing is impeccably sharp and measured, letting its secrets slowly unfold without sensation or histrionics, and is delivered with worn-down chagrin by a cast of largely unfamiliar faces.

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

The story's details make for startling drama, but the framework surrounds a rich cast of characters who give The Wire its heart and mind.

June 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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