The Wire

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[HBO] Season One of the HBO drama series follows a joint homicide/narcotics police detail created to investigate a drug-dealing operation.
Starring
Dominic WestSonja SohnLance Reddick
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Target
    June 2 2002
    1 h 2 min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Target.' In the pilot episode, Baltimore detective Jimmy McNulty gets assigned to a new task force.
  2. 2. The Detail
    June 9 2002
    58min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Detail.' (Season One) McNulty feels the heat when a witness who testified against D'Angelo is killed.
  3. 3. The Buys
    June 16 2002
    55min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Buys.' (Season One) The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez result in a minor riot.
  4. 4. Old Cases
    June 23 2002
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Old Cases.' (Season One) Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant.
  5. 5. The Pager
    June 30 2002
    1h
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Pager.' (Season One) McNulty's detail finally gets 'clone' pagers to track Barksdale and his gang.
  6. 6. The Wire
    July 7 2002
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Wire.' (Season One) McNulty and Greggs ask for a delay in a murder bust in order to preserve the wiretap.
  7. 7. One Arrest
    July 21 2002
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'One Arrest.' (Season One) Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust.
  8. 8. Lessons
    July 28 2002
    56min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Lessons.' (Season One) An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of Stringer Bell's car. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' reputation.
  9. 9. Game Day
    August 4 2002
    57min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Game Day.' (Season One) Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival.
  10. 10. The Cost
    August 11 2002
    56min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Cost.' (Season One) With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels must figure out what to do with him in the time before he testifies.
  11. 11. The Hunt
    August 18 2002
    56min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Hunt.' (Season One) Burrell orders Daniels to hit dealers for results that will impress the media. Meanwhile, Greggs is in the ICU.
  12. 12. Cleaning Up
    September 1 2002
    56min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Cleaning Up.' (Season One) With the detail's future hanging in the balance, Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies.
  13. 13. Sentencing
    September 8 2002
    1 h 5 min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Sentencing.' In the Season One finale, Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority to crack the case.

Bonus (6)

  1. Bonus: Discover The Wire
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    March 13 2017
    1min
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    HD. Stream HBO past, present and future--including the acclaimed drama series 'The Wire.'
  2. Bonus: Introducing The Wire
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    December 31 2016
    1min
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    [HBO] HD. Stream HBO past, present and future--including the acclaimed drama series 'The Wire.'
  3. Bonus: The Wire: Season 1 Introduction
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    June 3 2017
    1min
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    HD. Creator David Simon and writer George Pelecanos set up the characters and themes of the show's first season.
  4. Bonus: The Wire Prequel: Young Omar (1985)
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    June 9 2017
    2min
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    HD. 1985, Baltimore. An adolescent Omar upstages two older boys, and exhibits a sense of maturity beyond his years, during a robbery.
  5. Bonus: The Wire Prequel: Bunk/McNulty (2000)
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    June 9 2017
    3min
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    HD. 2000, Baltimore. Bunk's initial coolness towards his new partner--six-year wonder Jimmy McNulty--is thawed after they find common ground.
  6. Bonus: The Wire Prequel: Prop Joe (1962)
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    June 9 2017
    2min
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    HD. 1962, Baltimore. Crossed in school, a student shows off the brazen business acumen that will soon earn him the moniker 'Proposition Joe.'

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Supporting actors
Wendell PierceIdris ElbaWood HarrisFrankie R. Faison
Season year
2002
Network
HBO
Content advisory
Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

14488 global ratings

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eboeReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Haters gonna hate, but the rest of us got it straight.
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To everyone complaining that it was too dark, too violent, too much cursing, too much drug activity... WTF do you think happens in police work on a special detail made up of detectives from the homicide and NARCOTICS units? In B-MORE? C'mon, it was a cable show. If you want police lite, go find old episodes of CopRock somewhere. Maybe Moonlighting or at best, Miami Vice. Some of us appreciate amazing writing, gritty drama, and some of the most amazing acting in a police drama that I've ever seen. Idris Elba is a POWERHOUSE. Dominic West as McNulty is a wonderfully acted dichotomy of cop working hard yet with a not-so-perfect side. And you can't even question Michael K Williams as Omar Little. Damn, son. Poetry. One of the co-writers is a former Baltimore homicide detective. I'm pretty sure he has a good feel for how the city works. The creative staff is amazing. The show has slow points, but so does life and that kind of work, and the show isn't afraid to reflect that. Which makes it all the more realistic. If you can't appreciate it, move on. Your loss. The rest of us will feel all the more blessed for having seen this true work of creative genius.
97 people found this helpful
JL BrownReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Impossibly good
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Hands down the best show ever. I have recommended The Wire to literally dozens of people, and all have come back with the same opinion, "It's amazing!". The characters, the interweaving storylines, the lack of network TV bull. You will never watch another cop show again without it feeling silly and unrealistic compared to The Wire. Law and Order, CSI and all the rest will seem like they were made for children after watching all 5 seasons of this show. Complex? Yes. Difficult to follow? Not at all. Deep characters? All of them, but not silly overcharacterization you'd find on network TV, they all seem real and most are based on real people. It may take a couple of episodes to really get into it, but I guarantee after 4 episodes you'll be hooked and you'll be sad it ends after season 5. Not because it's unsatisfying, but you'll feel so invested into so many characters it's hard to see them go. Almost every aspect of the dark side of modern society is touched on, but without any preachy editorializing. It's just there in all its grayness and ambiguity for the viewer to decide right and wrong, good and evil.
58 people found this helpful
AReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top 5 All Time
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My husband and I came late to this series. We didn't watch it until late last year (2015), but once we started, we totally could not stop. Brilliant, poignant, funny, prophetic, tragic, all of it - and by the end, not a character you don't feel for. Season 1 takes a while to really get going. And the series did not (IMO) really become brilliant (though it was excellent) until season 2. Stay with it. SO worth it, I promise you.

The violence can be brutal, and pretty much every character is at least somewhat compromised. But this is a beautiful show. One worth watching and rewatching. One of the best dramas ever. Perhaps THE best police drama ever.
42 people found this helpful
Sab_FanReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I know I'm late to the party, but this show is awesome
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I did not watch The Wire when it was on, but I've always heard what a great show it was. now watching it on Amazon Prime, just finished season 1, and it was everything they said. loved every episode, it has solid acting, writing and directing, and great use of music and location. also, now that I'm watching it 14 years after it came out, it's interesting to see how many actors on this show became stars later.

now looking forward to watching season 2 ...
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SanadaReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for binge watching and now I have to see the rest of the seasons
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I'm not sure why I didn't watch this series when it was on TV. I thought it wouldn't interest me but now I see that it is just the kind of drama that I like. There certainly is a lot of adult themes including language, sex, and violence which I would not be comfortable watching with some family members. Mostly I binge watched the entire first season, although it was broken into just few episodes each session. There is something so satisfying about binge watching.

I found the story line intriguing. Even though the cop versus criminals theme is pretty common, I found this different enough to keep me watching. I also like several of the criminal characters and don't want to see them killed off. This wasn't a series that any of my friends talked about. The only reason I started watching it was that I didn't have access to regular TV and was looking for something to binge watch. I remembering seeing The Wire on a list of the best TV series so I thought I would give it a try. Now I am so glad that I did.
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Bob KReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ok, So You Are Wondering About the Wire
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So many superlatives, so little time. You are undoubtedly seeing all these rave reviews and wondering is this real? Is this some snobby critics scam to make it so classics along the lines of Hangin With Mr. Cooper will be looked down upon? Wonder no more. The Wire is amazing. A group of friends and I were talking about what we are watching. I was the only one who had watched the Wire at that time.

The question came up "If you only had a month to live, and you were bedridden, awake and alone for 40 hours what show would you binge watch." My answer is simple, Sister Wives, because it would seem like the month lasted 20 years and I would feel like I cheated death. Back to the Wire, though. There is a lot of debate about whether this is the Golden Age of TV. I think it is, the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Justified, Mad Men, Kurt Sutter retelling Hamlet from the viewpoint of a motorcycle gang in Sons Of Anarchy. The Shield. Treme. Fargo. If you believe this is the golden age of television, then consider the Wire the Gold Standard of the Golden Age.

I don't know how many people have seen the Wire. Probably less than tuned into this week's episode of the Bachelorette. Even fewer have seen the entire Series. ( Quick Take_ Many slag off Season Two Of the Wire. Ignore them. It may be out of context but when you view it for what it is it may be the best season, not the worst. ) Many people who have watched the entire Wire series act as though they are part of a special club having watched the Wire. Although they are morons they are right. Those who have watched the entire Wire series have seen the best television show in history.

I still feel sad for Baltimore.
31 people found this helpful
J. ArntzReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's a good story from what I can understand
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It's a good story from what I can understand, but the dialogue is so full of slang and the characters tend to mumble, so I'm getting only 2/3 of it at best. Shame.
21 people found this helpful
TMaloneReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great, great series, worth a binge watch
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I was one of the many many ppl that heard of the hype surrounding the wire and chose not to watch. I can tell you years later that it was a mistake. Once you get past season 1, which is slow but very necessary to get you invested in the characters you will be following through 5 years of episodes, the stories seem to flow in an organic fashion. There is action yes but there is also alot of moves that are made in one episode that will pay off in later episodes. As the series is no longer broadcast, it does benefit from binge watching. The characters suck you in both the good and the bad. If you can stick through all 5 seasons, the final season really pays off and bring the whole series full circle to a conclusion.
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