The Wire

2002 • HBO
275 reviews
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Season 4 episodes (13)

1 Boys of Summer
In the Season Four premiere, four boys from West Baltimore play out their summer vacation in the streets. Meanwhile, Marlo has solved the problem that baffled Stringer Bell: how to maintain discipline--read: murders--without getting police attention.
2 Soft Eyes
Herc's soft-duty job with the mayor takes an unexpectedly hard turn. Despite the potential damage to her career, Pearlman provides Freamon and Sydnor with subpoena ammunition for their 'grizzly bear' hunt in City Hall.
3 Home Rooms
With his lead dwindling, Royce resorts to extreme measures to stall Carcetti's momentum. At Bodie's corner, Michael proves adept as a runner, with Bodie and Marlo taking notice. A re-up bodega is put under surveillance by Omar and Greggs.
4 Refugees
With Freamon and Greggs moved to Homicide, Herc and Dozerman join Marimow in the stripped-down Major Crimes Unit. Cutty gets a 'custodial' job at Tilghman School mopping up truants, but can't make headway in his efforts to mentor Michael.
5 Alliances
Valchek leaks details of the Braddock case to Carcetti, who contemplates how to best leak it to the press. The ensuing negative attention turns Royce against Burrell, who takes the heat while Rawls comes to the rescue.
6 Margin of Error
With Election Day approaching, the three mayoral candidates make last-minute appeals. Carcetti wrangles for votes as he responds to a potentially devastating smear. Norris and Greggs get a lead on the Braddock case, but end up being detoured.
7 Unto Others
With a bounty on him, Omar calls in a favor to Bunk. The election over, Royce and Carcetti make peace and contemplate their futures. At school, Prez tricks his students into learning math. Finally, Greggs uses 'soft eyes' at a crime scene.
8 Corner Boys
To monitor the pulse on the street, Carcetti makes the rounds with members of the force. With Marimow on his case, Herc resorts to strong-arm tactics to retrieve his pinched camera, but Marlo isn't impressed.
9 Know Your Place
Poot returns to the corner after a stint in prison--and is welcomed back. Carcetti engages in a testy budget battle with City Council President Campbell, promotes Daniels, and hits a snag in his efforts to relieve Burrell of his duties.
10 Misgivings
Acting on Clay Davis' advice, Burrell seeks to burnish his reputation by ordering the department to double their street arrests. The mandate does not sit well with McNulty, who sets his sights instead on cracking a string of church robberies.
11 A New Day
After flexing his muscles around the city, Carcetti faces his first dilemma when a group protests Herc's mistreatment of one of their own. Later, the mayor reverses Burrell's mass-arrest mandate, but Burrell still has some cards to play.
12 That's Got His Own
On the trail of missing bodies, Freamon turns to a higher authority after being rebuked by Landsman. Carcetti finds his promises of prosperity undermined by the school debt, forcing him to contemplate groveling before the Governor in Annapolis.
13 Final Grades
In the Season Four finale, the bodies from the vacants pile up while Burrell offers his support to Daniels and admonishes Rawls for crossing him. A distraught Bubbles finds himself at his wit's end after his revenge plan backfires.

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HBO presents this highly realistic and totally unvarnished drama series that chronicles the vagaries of crime, law enforcement, politics, education and media in Baltimore.

Rating: 18A
275 reviews
A Boston
April 13, 2016
Reality tv ruined tv. HBO (then AMC, Netflix and Hula fixed it; that shitass drive to the bottom (espoused by careless trump)). "The wire" is evidence that tv can be -- and now regularly is -- more worthwhile than movies. a single season and sometimes even more can flush out a character that is simply wanting in a single cinema sitting. i think its the earnest of the wire that pulls out the best from the actors that landed their career in this boundary pushing drama. season 1 is all awesome; season 2 starts off weak until mcnulty smacks his ride and bags a local teen; season 3 is a criminologists wet dream that is based on the hastings st drug bazaar. the working class (generally the police) and the lower classes (the gangstas) both fall under scrutiny in a sympathetic yet critical lens. both sides have problems. the camaraderie between races is simply not seen enuff in media. man this thing is a sweet velvet ride. i tip my hat to all those involved in this, the best tv series ever made.
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Camille Semaan
March 14, 2016
... everything else feels weak. The Wire is a Shakespearian endeavor, and it is brilliantly accomplished: language, social commentary, political analysis, suspense, story-telling, writing, directing, characters, it is all on a far far away higher level than anything else I have seen. I have to admit, I never valued TV until this, but then watched a lot of series in search of another gem, alas, this is really so unique, a most pleasant aberration! Finishing my second straight run of the whole series now, and I can say: flawless.
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Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston
May 2, 2015
Simply the best TV that's out there. Especially season one. This is character driven TV at its best, and you will come to love and hate them each as individuals. Plot and character development through their ordeals is all extremely realistic. If you like Breaking Bad, this is better. 'Nuff said.
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