The Wire

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[HBO] Season Four of the HBO drama series turns its attention to the Baltimore school system, where young lives hang in the balance.
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Dominic WestLance ReddickSonja Sohn
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English [CC]
Audio languages
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  1. 1. Boys of Summer
    September 4, 2006
    58min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Boys of Summer.' (Season Four premiere) Four boys play out their summer; Royce and Carcetti hit the campaign trail.
  2. 2. Soft Eyes
    September 11, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Soft Eyes.' (Season Four) Pearlman is on thin ice; Marlo plays Robin Hood; Prez preps for school; Carcetti drops a bombshell on Royce.
  3. 3. Home Rooms
    September 18, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Home Rooms.' (Season Four) Royce takes extreme measures; the detail gets a new boss and agenda; Prez survives his first day at school.
  4. 4. Refugees
    September 25, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Refugees.' (Season Four) A major case gets a new detective; Marlo is burned in poker; Colvin and Cutty get new jobs in the school system.
  5. 5. Alliances
    October 2, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Alliances.' (Season Four) Burrell feels the heat from Royce; Marlo tries to enlist Michael; Dukie debunks Randy's 'special dead' theory.
  6. 6. Margin of Error
    October 9, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Margin of Error.' (Season Four) Carcetti responds to a campaign smear; Randy makes a startling revelation; Marlo proves elusive.
  7. 7. Unto Others
    October 23, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Unto Others.' (Season Four) Royce and Carcetti make their peace; Prez has a good day; Greggs uses 'soft eyes' at a crime scene.
  8. 8. Corner Boys
    October 30, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Corner Boys.' (Season Four) Carcetti makes the rounds; Colvin uses corner logic in class; Daniels sees his stock rising.
  9. 9. Know Your Place
    November 6, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Know Your Place.' (Season Four) Bubbles fingers a witness for Herc; Colvin offers an incentive; Andre turns to Proposition Joe for help.
  10. 10. Misgivings
    November 13, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Misgivings.' (Season Four) Burrell sends out a mandate; Kevin comes clean to Marlo; Bubbles gets payback; Chris takes care of a problem.
  11. 11. A New Day
    November 20, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'A New Day.' (Season Four) Carcetti faces a dilemma; Randy gets the cold shoulder; Omar makes a power play; Freamon has a revelation.
  12. 12. That's Got His Own
    November 27, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'That's Got His Own.' (Season Four) Freamon seeks help in City Hall; Bubbles gets desperate; Michael rejects his past; Omar strikes again.
  13. 13. Final Grades
    December 4, 2006
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    [HBO] HD. 'Final Grades.' (Season Four finale) Namond, Randy and Dukie adjust to new realities; Michael is promoted; Omar makes Prop Joe an offer.

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  1. Bonus: The Wire: Season 4 Introduction
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    June 3, 2017
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    HD. Creator David Simon and writer George Pelecanos explain the decision to explore education in Season 4.

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Wendell PierceClarke PetersReg E. CatheyDeirdre LovejoySeth GilliamDomenick LombardozziJim True-FrostGlynn TurmanAidan GillenFrankie R. Faison
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Brian M. DelachReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Possibly the greatest single season of television, ever.
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While "The Wire" is often considered to be among the best shows of an era along with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and the Sopranos, season 4 is something of an aberration.

An aberration because even when compared to other shows that are often heralded as "great", the case can be made that The Wire: Season 4 leaves the competition behind. Quite simply, this is one of the best seasons of television ever produced in history. And while one might typically caution against over-hyping so as not to set a degree of expectation for the uninitiated that can never be met, it seems unlikely that the typical rules apply here.

Every detail of this season sparkles. Even with principle character Det. Jimmy McNulty taking a noticeable back seat to the rest of the cast, the characters and story lines that come to the forefront are so engaging, so compelling, that the viewer feels a sense of urgency for resolution each time the show cuts away to a different story line, only to have that feeling immediately return as they invariably get sucked into the next plot point.

The adolescent characters are beautifully written, and portrayed with remarkable nuance by a young cast. David Simon, Ed Burns and the rest of the writing staff are careful to prevent any of them from becoming one-note, or falling into stereotypes. As per the show's M.O., viewers will find themselves growing attached in different ways to each of the new characters, while familiar faces from seasons past continue to evolve and show us new sides to their personalities.

The Wire Season 4 is to television what A Christmas Carol is to literature. It is often profound, sometimes shocking, and will leave you questioning our nation's inextricable marriage of politics, the criminal justice system, and our misguided public education curriculum.

Highest possible recommendation.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The greatest season of the greatest TV show ever about how the system is filing America
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Season 4 was the last great season of HBO’s The Wire, widely considered the greatest TV show EVER. Created by David Simon and Ed Burns the series used Baltimore as a metaphor for the problems facing urban America. Each season had a theme, and in Season 4 that was education. It might be the best of all the seasons.

The main story was about four high school boys Michael, Namond, Randy and Dukie. They all go to middle school together where former cop Prez - Pryzbylewski is a brand new teacher. The ridiculousness of the situation is shown during the professional development meeting with the teachers before the year starts. The presenter talks about how teacher’s always need to be positive. Half the teachers are on their phones and eventually some get sick of the presentation and start complaining about how unrealistic it is compared to what educators face in a typical urban school. When class starts most of his kids are below grade level and can’t handle the curriculum. He asks the older teachers what’s the point of teaching kids things they can’t handle and he’s told he has to because the federal tests are coming up and the school could be taken over if they don’t pass it. It’s a numbers game for the government which doesn’t care about how the kids are doing, and that trickles down into the schools. Prez's time in a traditional classroom setting is compared to Bunny Colvin, an ex-police officer who sets up an alternative school for troubled kids. The program actually looks like it might work, but again runs into the administration that is not interested in anything but the numbers. The show poses the question whether the system works for children. Whether in a traditional or an alternative setting can kids get an effective education in an urban environment?

There are other important themes going on as well. The police are using wire taps to go after the new drug lord in the city Marlo Stansfield. As usual, it’s the low level cops that are trying to do their job, while facing opposition from the higher ups and the system. This was part of the long running theme that the war on drugs was all smoke and mirrors. All politicians and the police higher ups cared about was statistics to show that they were doing something, while doing nothing. They wanted arrest numbers for example, even though that had no impact on the problem.

Another storyline is Baltimore politics. First, there’s the dirty game of politics for the mayor, and then when the underdog Tommy Carcetti wins and promises reforms. He runs into the all the institutional powers in the city from the ministers, to the police, to others. Again, the question is raised of whether politicians actually care about the city or just power.

What made The Wire success wasn’t just the stories which broke down major issues in American society it was the amazing characters. There are so many it would take forever to break them all down, but just take Omar. A gay gangster who robbed drug dealers. In episode 3 it shows him waking up with his lover, finding there’s no cereal, so he goes down to the corner store to buy some. As he walks down the street all the corner boys selling dope yell out his name and run off. When he stops to smoke a cigarette people are so afraid of him that they throw their drugs out the window to him. He is a totally unique character you never saw in any other show.

The overall message of the show during every season, but most poignantly made in season 4 was that system is failing America, and that is especially true in the country’s cities, and with the poor and minorities. The Wire delivered this message again and again, and not in a preachy way either, but in the most intriguing and entertaining way possible. It made you think like no other show ever seen.
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Ch.Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season 4: Four Boys in Difficult Circumstances. What Will Their Future Hold?
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The Wire is simply one of the best TV series ever. Maybe even the best. I'm especially partial to Season 4 because it deals with our kids and our education system. We see these 4 boys' school experience, home experience, and street experience. We see the way that they're supported and failed by the adults in their lives. These boys make some good and bad choices; but alot of choices and decisions are made for them--sometimes by adults who themselves were failed when they were young. I was especially moved by the character Duquan. What chance does this kid have to grow? I mean, someone helps him out here and there. But no one really looks out for him. These kids are just screwed by the system, although there are some adults who intervene to try to help. Naimond gets a really lucky break. Each boy in The Wire Season 4 has a story, and you understand the kind of adult he'll probably turn out to be based on the traumas and triumphs of his childhood. Season 4 is just simply brilliant. The entire series is stellar.
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Peter_the_Gr8Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You want it to be one way. But it's the other way.
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The Wire is the best show ever created for television. Season four is likely the best season of the show.
The corner boys theme shows us another public institution (schools) that has surrendered to bureaucratic pressure and is juking the stats and pushing kids through the system, not with malice, but with frustration. Teachers take solace in small victories while losing the overall war.
The election reveals another side of a corrupt system and an "ends justify the means" mentality.
So, so much more. The rise of Marlo, Cutty's continuing redemption story, Chris and Snoop (the nail gun scene is classic), Omar, Bubbles, Dukie, Michael. So much great stuff packed in one season. You have to watch The Wire altogether, though. A friend described it as a tapestry that only really makes sense when viewed as a completed work of art.
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QuantumtorpedoReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Wire Season . We find a reason to care.
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I just finished season 4 of The Wire. The story arc and writing is even better than previous seasons. We follow 4 friends in West Baltimore who's lives are each touched by the drug trade. Beginning with the waning days of summer vacation, we progress through the school year with them. Finally we have someone to care about, we fear for them, hope for them, even cry for, as well as with them. The power of the street life threatens them daily, yet there is always an instance of concern and filial love to assist for at least one day.
We have a ranking police officer who finds a way to curb the violence and fear of the citizen of West Baltimore, only to be struck down by the blindness and heavy hand of outdated criminal and drug codes. How many good men and women have faced this situation in real life.
Finally, there are the politicians, crafty and cunning, for whom do they work, themselves or the citizenry. A great show, The Wire.
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jjim175Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Writing I've Ever Seen on TV
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This is a hard hitting cops & drug dealers drama, but it's way beyond anything I've ever seen. These scripts take one inside the Baltimore police with its power struggles, politics, incompetence, and yes heroic efforts to save a few souls along the way on a day to day job that often is incredibly boring not to mention full of bureaucratic bulls***. And this is played out against the inner city drug gang with its own competition and corruption and deal making not to mention the toll taken on kids who seldom find a way out of this culture to a better life. The acting is superb within stories that constantly twist, turn and bring surprises. Many a night I turn off the TV saying, "Jesus, was that ever dark," and still I go back to this deeply moving, complex and challenging series. I've got one more year of this show to look forward to, and wish it would never end.
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Aaron EastepReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season 4 Takes a Closer Look at the Youth
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Another excellent season of The Wire. This season takes a closer look at how the whole drug/crime scene starts in a person. More specifically, how young they are when they start living the street life. A very real take on how they act in school and interact with each other and their teachers. The storyline of Marlo is still moving along and his two cronies are very easy to hate. You learn a little more about one of them but in the end you're really only hoping for one result for the both of them. We also get a look into the struggles of the mayor and city council and the political games he must play to keep the city running.

If I had to find one thing I didn't like in this season it has to be the lack of Dominic West on the screen. Although it makes sense because his storyline came to a halt, I always enjoy seeing him on the screen as he tends to make every scene he is in better in some way.

Looking forward to season 5 and finishing one of the best series I have ever seen.
WarsawJimReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but does not compare to seasons 1-3.
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Recently my wife and I started with the first episode of season one. Watching one or two episodes a night we've managed to completely view season one-three and are well into season four. Season four is good, but does not compare to the earlier seasons. The show is called "The Wire" not how to solve all the problems of the inter-city. The political aspects of all seasons is discouraging. From the crooked major to the in-component police chief down to the dumb head daily patrol officers. Its like a few good guys are rowing upstream against all the obstacles being placed in front of them. This situation likely is mirrored through all the federal agencies. Look how tainted the FBI has become.
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