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The Wire

The Wire (2002)

Starring: Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael Kenneth Williams, Felicia Pearson, Corey Parker Robinson, J.D. Williams, Andre Royo, Seth Gilliam, Lance Reddick, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman, Amy Ryan, Robert Wisdom, Domenick Lombardozzi, Idris Elba, Melvin Williams, Leo Fitzpatrick, Jim True-Frost, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Aidan Gillen, Clarke Peters, Chris Bauer, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wood Harris, Frankie Faison, Michael B. Jordan, Tootsie Duvall, Richard Hidlebird, Maestro Harrell, Julito McCullum, Maria Broom, Frederick Strother, Brandon Young, Sam Freed, David Costabile, Tom McCarthy, Kwame Patterson, S. Robert Morgan, Steve Earle, Michael Potts, Hassan Johnson, Thuliso Dingwall, Anwan Glover, Method Man, Robert F. Chew, Benjamin Busch, Bobby Brown, Michael Salconi, Rick Otto, Peter Gerety, Dion Graham, Gary D'Addario, Gregory Williams, Brian Anthony Wilson, Jay Landsman, Al Brown, Delaney Williams, Ed Norris, Chris Ashworth, Pablo Schreiber, Charley Scalies, Bill Raymond, James Ransone, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Michelle Paress, Michael Kostroff, Tristan Wilds, Jermaine Crawford, Neal Huff, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Clark Johnson, Glynn Turman, Jamie Hector, Chad L. Coleman, Reg E. Cathey, Tray Chaney, Brandy Burre, Christopher Mann, Megan Anderson, Michael Willis, Sandi McCree

Unlike most television crime dramas, which neatly introduce and then solve a case all in the space of one hour, HBO's THE WIRE follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug... More

Information

First Aired:
June 2, 2002
Air Day:
Sunday
Air Time:
9:00 PM
Runtime:
60 Min
Genre:
Crime, Drama

Seasons

The Target

June 2, 2002

Ep: 1 The Target

"... when it's not your turn." - McNultyDuring the trial of D'Angelo Barksdale, a mid-level dealer accused of murder, the prosecution's star witness recants her testimony, resulting in a not guilty verdict. After the trial, Detective James... More

The Detail

June 9, 2002

Ep: 2 The Detail

"You cannot lose if you do not play." - Marla Daniels The witness who testified against D'Angelo winds up being a murder case for "Bunk" Moreland. However, McNulty tells Bunk that since the victim testified against D'Angelo, this murder was... More

The Buys

June 16, 2002

Ep: 3 The Buys

"The king stay the king." - D'Angelo After early morning "field interviews" conducted by Herc, Carver and Prez lead to a minor riot and bad publicity for the police, Daniels gets called in by the Deputy Commissioner. McNulty sends Mahone and... More

Old Cases

June 23, 2002

Ep: 4 Old Cases

"It's a thin line 'tween heaven and here." - Bubbles Bodie manages to slip through security and escape from lockup. Meanwhile Herc and Carver continue their renegade ways by travelling to Marlboro to find Bodie and beat him into giving up... More

The Pager

June 30, 2002

Ep: 5 The Pager

"..a little slow, a little late." - Avon Barksdale Avon becomes more and more suspicious, he orders Wee-Bey to change phone lines in his apartment and promotes Stinkum to manage a new territory. He gets word that one of Omar's crew members has... More

The Wire

July 7, 2002

Ep: 6 The Wire

"..and all the pieces matter." - Freamon Brandon's bloodied body is discovered in a lot that coincidentally is located next to Poot and Wallace's home. Wallace in turn, reports this to D'Angelo, and tells him about how seeing Brandon's boy has... More

One Arrest

July 21, 2002

Ep: 7 One Arrest

"A man must have a code." - Bunk Greggs, Herc, Carver, and Syndor grab the runner who is holding the re-up stash for the pit. Now that the cops have the stash, a furious Avon begins to question D'Angelo about a possible snitch in the pit.... More

Lessons

July 28, 2002

Ep: 8 Lessons

"Come at the king, you best not miss." - Omar McNulty has his sons play the game of "front and follow" with Stringer Bell as the target at a local market, and the two get Bell's license plate number. As a result, the two get Stringer's license... More

Game Day

August 4, 2002

Ep: 9 Game Day

"Maybe we won." - Herc Freamon gets Syndor and Prez started on the Barksdale money trail. They discover the usual ties to dummy companies, but they also find large sums of political contributions. Herc and Carver bust Wee-Bey holding $22.000 but... More

The Cost

August 11, 2002

Ep: 10 The Cost

"And then he dropped the bracelets..." -- Greggs After being clean for three days straight, Bubbles gets some strong advice from another former addict named Walon. He also gets a promise of extra help from Detective Greggs. When Omar's murder... More

The Hunt

August 18, 2002

Ep: 11 The Hunt

"Dope on the damn table." -- Daniels While Greggs' life hangs in the balance, the officers deals with the shock in many different ways. Herc, Carver, and Syndor get back on the case after Freamon puts the incident into perspective. After seeing... More

Cleaning Up

September 1, 2002

Ep: 12 Cleaning Up

"This is me, yo, right here." -- Wallace After the Barksdale's supply gets confiscated in another bust, Stringer gives more new rules to the crew. Avon and Stringer meet with Levy to discuss the next steps, which include the elimination of any... More

Sentencing

September 8, 2002

Ep: 13 Sentencing

"all in the game..." -- Traditional West Baltimore In the season finale, Greggs finds the strength to finger "Little Man" as one of the men who shot her. Daniels and McNulty go to the feds with crushing evidence about some Baltimore politicians... More

Ebb Tide

June 1, 2003

Ep: 1 Ebb Tide

"Ain't never gonna be what it was." -- Little Big Roy McNulty makes sure to pay back Rawls for reassigning him to the marine unit by sticking City Homicide with the stone cold whodunit floater he fishes out of the harbor; it's the stevedores... More

Collateral Damage

June 8, 2003

Ep: 2 Collateral Damage

"They can chew you up, but they gotta spit you out." -- McNulty After the case gets dumped back in Russell's lap, McNulty offers to help, ensuring that it boomerangs back to Rawls; after Sobotka chews the Greeks out about the bodies in the... More

Hot Shots

June 15, 2003

Ep: 3 Hot Shots

"What they need is a union." -- Russell The non-English-speaking crew of the Atlantic Light proves no help in the investigation, but the first mate unwittingly provides a clue that gets the ball rolling; Nick wonders how he's going to provide... More

Hard Cases

June 22, 2003

Ep: 4 Hard Cases

"If I hear the music, I'm gonna dance." -- Greggs The medical examiner determines that the bad package which killed five inmates and hospitalized eight others was cut with strychnine, so the heat is on to close the case quickly; as the pressure... More

Undertow

June 29, 2003

Ep: 5 Undertow

"They used to make steel there, no?" -- Spiros Vondas Ziggy's inability to move a package costs him the Camaro and nearly his life, until Nick intercedes for him; Daniels reaches an understanding with Carver before placing him on the detail;... More

All Prologue

July 6, 2003

Ep: 6 All Prologue

"It don't matter that some fool say he different..." -- D'Angelo The detail continues to look for the source of the union's money; Omar hands Levy his hat and Nathan a win when he gets on the stand; Nick seeks Vondas's juice in resolving Ziggy's... More

Backwash

July 13, 2003

Ep: 7 Backwash

"Don't worry, kid. You're still on the clock." -- Horseface Russell goes back in the bag for a day to con Sobotka's crew into thinking that the heat is off; Nick and Frog work out a deal that hinges on an upfront and making good on the money... More

Duck and Cover

July 27, 2003

Ep: 8 Duck and Cover

"How come they don't fly away?" -- Ziggy Sobotka and Nick visit the diner to meet with The Greek. Vondas tries to persuade them to meet with him, but Sobotka is angry and adamant, and only when he begins to leave does The Greek appear. Sobotka... More

Stray Rounds

August 3, 2003

Ep: 9 Stray Rounds

"The world is a smaller place now." -- The Greek On the new drug corner they commandeered from their rivals, Bodie and crew sell their repackaged dope, newly named WMD. In an apartment overlooking the scene, a young mother readies her children... More

Storm Warnings

August 10, 2003

Ep: 10 Storm Warnings

"It pays to go with the union card every time." -- Ziggy The detail uses satellite technology to its advantage. Bodie is unhappy that Proposition Joe's people are slinging on his turf, but business flows anyway. Valchek visits the FBI in an... More

Bad Dreams

August 17, 2003

Ep: 11 Bad Dreams

"I need to get clean" -- Sobotka FBI agent Fitzhugh's report detailing Sobotka's plan to flip the next morning in exchange for leniency for Ziggy and Nick reaches FBI agent Koutris, who again tips The Greek to the imminent danger. As Sobotka... More

Port in a Storm

August 24, 2003

Ep: 12 Port in a Storm

"Business. Always business." -- The Greek The detail has a setback. Russell and Bunk revisit Philly, looking for evidence. Brother Mouzone talks with Stringer Bell regarding their agreement, leaving Bell to contend with Avon Barksdale. McNulty... More

Time After Time

September 19, 2004

Ep: 1 Time After Time

"Don't matter how many times you get burnt, you just keep doin' the same." -- Bodie A wave of urban reform brings down the notorious Franklin Terrace public housing towers, forcing the Barksdale drug crew to find a new home on the streets of... More

All Due Respect

September 26, 2004

Ep: 2 All Due Respect

"There's never been a paper bag." -- Colvin Omar continues his bold strikes on Barksdale stash houses, now heavily guarded. Under orders from Stringer Bell, Bodie faces a critical test against Marlo, a fierce young dealer with lucrative corners... More

Dead Soldiers

October 3, 2004

Ep: 3 Dead Soldiers

"The gods will not save you." -- Burrell Colvin feels the sting of Burrell and Rawls during a Comstat assessment of his district's felony numbers; a blown wiretap forces Daniels' detail to turn to a new target; Proposition Joe cautions Stringer... More

Amsterdam

October 10, 2004

Ep: 4 Amsterdam

"Why you got to go and fuck with the program?" -- Fruit West Baltimore residents get some surprising straight talk at a community meeting from Major Colvin. Bubbles finds gainful employment; Stringer lunches uptown; and Bunk dangles the promise... More

Straight and True

October 17, 2004

Ep: 5 Straight and True

"I had such fuckin' hopes for us." -- McNulty Frustrated in his grass-roots reform efforts, Colvin arms himself with intelligence from Daniels' detail and personally delivers a message to the next level of corner management. McNulty sees... More

Homecoming

October 31, 2004

Ep: 6 Homecoming

"Just a gangster, I suppose." -- Avon Barksdale Stringer Bell gets an education in construction management; Bunk uses shoe-leather to catch up with Omar and deliver a searing message; a frustrated Colvin unleashes the troops on the corner boys... More

Back Burners

November 7, 2004

Ep: 7 Back Burners

"Conscience do cost." -- Butchie Herc discovers a blast from his past which he later reveals to his colleagues. Daniels becomes enraged when he finds out that why his detail was reassigned. Stringer Bell finds out from old girlfriend Donette... More

Moral Midgetry

November 14, 2004

Ep: 8 Moral Midgetry

"Crawl, walk, and then run." -- Clay Davis With Hamsterdam running full tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves. Prez impresses the detail with what he's found out from Bodie's cell phone, information that sends... More

Slapstick

November 21, 2004

Ep: 9 Slapstick

"...while you're waiting for moments that never come." -- Freamon Responding to a call for an officer's call for help, McNulty and Prez turn up the wrong alley, with unanticipated results. Under orders, a Barksdale crew violates the... More

Reformation

November 28, 2004

Ep: 10 Reformation

"Call it a crisis of leadership." -- Proposition Joe Brother Mouzone returns to Baltimore on a mission of revenge and casts a wide net in his search for Omar, who has his own plan for vengeance. Colvin manages, for now, to put off a Sun reporter... More

Middle Ground

December 12, 2004

Ep: 11 Middle Ground

"We don't need to dream no more." -- Stringer Bell The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization, though finding links to the top proves elusive. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they've come, with each harboring... More

Mission Accomplished

December 19, 2004

Ep: 12 Mission Accomplished

"...we fight on the lie." -- Slim Charles A reticent Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. Meanwhile, as the detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization, McNulty reassesses his pursuit of... More

Boys of Summer

September 10, 2006

Ep: 1 Boys of Summer

"Lambs to the slaughter here." - Marcia Donnelly Four West Baltimore boys wrestle with what to do with the rest of their summer vacation as the new fall school year approaches. Bodie deals with his corner running slower than usual so he decides... More

Soft Eyes

September 17, 2006

Ep: 2 Soft Eyes

"I still wake up white in a city that ain't." - Carcetti In the hopes of possibly saving her job, Pearlman and Freamon continue arguing over the subpoenas, as the election draws closer. Carcetti drops a bombshell on Royce during their... More

Home Rooms

September 24, 2006

Ep: 3 Home Rooms

"I love the first day, man. Everybody all friendly an' shit." - Namond Brice Prez is shocked by his students; Royce strikes back against Carcetti; Rawls begins to gut the major case unit from the inside; Colvin embarks on a new career.

Refugees

October 1, 2006

Ep: 4 Refugees

"No one wins. One side just loses more slowly." - Prez Freamon and Greggs move to Homicide, while Herc and Dozerman join Marimow in the lackluster Major Crimes Unit. Cutty gets a "custodial" job at Tilghman School picking up truants, but... More

Alliances

October 8, 2006

Ep: 5 Alliances

"If you with us, you with us." - Chris Partlow Commissioner Burrell loses Royce's support; Chris Partlow tries to recruit Michael to become a soldier in Marlo's unit; Dukie shows Randy and the boys that the missing are really dead; Odell Watkins... More

Margin of Error

October 15, 2006

Ep: 6 Margin of Error

"Don't try this shit at home." - Norman Wilson Carcetti responds to a campaign smear. Randy is accused of a serious transgression. Colvin's special class gets its first enlistees.

Unto Others

October 29, 2006

Ep: 7 Unto Others

"Aw yeah. That golden rule." - The Bunk Omar calls in a favor to the police; Carcetti gets advice from the ex-mayor and then Mayor Royce and his team; Cutty finds out why Spider has been avoiding him and explains to the rest of his boxers that... More

Corner Boys

November 5, 2006

Ep: 8 Corner Boys

"We got our thing, but it's just part of the big thing." - Zenobia Prez wants to teach off curriculum. Carcetti visits the Homicide Department and goes on ride-a-longs for drug busts. Colvin and Dr. Parneti's class discuss the Corner Boy rules.... More

Know Your Place

November 12, 2006

Ep: 9 Know Your Place

"Might as well dump 'em, get another." - Proposition Joe Herc and Dozerman search for Little Kevin; Omar gets out of jail; Carcetti has his first meeting with the City Council; Prez and the teachers begin teaching the test; Proposition Joe lets... More

Misgivings

November 19, 2006

Ep: 10 Misgivings

"World goin' one way, people another." -Poot Walker catches Donut boosting cars and teaches him a lesson; Commissioner Burrell gets advice from Senator Davis; Little Kevin has a talk with Marlo and regrets it; Herc ignores Bubbles call and... More

A New Day

November 26, 2006

Ep: 11 A New Day

"You play in dirt, you get dirty." - McNulty Randy has trouble with his friends at school, while Carcetti faces a huge dilemma. Meanwhile, Omar visits Proposition Joe, while Freamon reveals a secret.

That's Got His Own

December 3, 2006

Ep: 12 That's Got His Own

"That all there is to it?" - Bubbles While searching for the missing bodies, Freamon goes around the chain of command after being rebuked by Landsman. Carcetti finds that his promises of raises could be undermined by the school debt, forcing him... More

Final Grades

December 10, 2006

Ep: 13 Final Grades

"If animal trapped call 410-844-6286" - Baltimore, traditional Burrell tries to help Daniels. Bubbles' big plan backfires and leaves him in big trouble. Colvin tries to find a solution for Namond while Omar makes new plans. McNulty tries to pay... More

More With Less

January 6, 2008

Ep: 1 More With Less

"The bigger the lie, the more they believe." - Bunk Moreland As McNulty and the detail continue to stake out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sgt. Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime; Though he... More

Unconfirmed Reports

January 13, 2008

Ep: 2 Unconfirmed Reports

"This ain't Aruba, bitch." - Bunk Moreland Although he tells Sydnor that the Davis investigation could be a "career case," Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo, who takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Avon... More

Not For Attribution

January 20, 2008

Ep: 3 Not For Attribution

"They're dead where it doesn't count." - Fletcher Mayor Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic; Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help with an enviable problem; executive editor... More

Transitions

January 27, 2008

Ep: 4 Transitions

"Buyer's market out there." - Templeton Campbell tries to smooth out the transitions in the police department; The Baltimore Sun scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall, but lose out to the TV media in scooping a high-profile grand... More

React Quotes

February 3, 2008

Ep: 5 React Quotes

"Just because they're in the street doesn't mean they lack opinions." - Haynes Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect, who shows him a new communications trick; McNulty's case gets increased attention from the newspaper, in large part... More

The Dickensian Aspect

February 10, 2008

Ep: 6 The Dickensian Aspect

"If you have a problem with this. I understand completely." - Freamon Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis; After attending a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away... More

Took

February 17, 2008

Ep: 7 Took

"They don't teach it in law school." - Pearlman After cooking up another scheme for the homeless case, McNulty and Lester become popular figures. Davis is set for his day in court by collecting the best legal assistance money can buy. Plus,... More

Clarifications

February 24, 2008

Ep: 8 Clarifications

"A lie ain't a side of a story. It's just a lie." - Terry Hanning A shift in the police department sends Carver to a new location. Meanwhile, Carcetti is forced to put his political future in jeopardy, Haynes digs deeper into Templeton's work,... More

Late Editions

March 2, 2008

Ep: 9 Late Editions

"Deserve got nuthin' to do with it." - Snoop With Carcetti's Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate "creative" remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the... More

-30-

March 9, 2008

Ep: 10 -30-

"...the life of kings." - H.L. Mencken Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels, their choices are either to clean up the mess, or hide the dirt; McNulty,... More