The Wire

2002 • HBO
4.3K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (13)

1 The Target
In the pilot episode of this drama series, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation.
2 The Detail
McNulty feels the heat when a witness who testified against D'Angelo is found murdered. Meanwhile, Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players, and Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers.
3 The Buys
The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez result in a minor riot, a boy losing an eye and some bad publicity. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game (chess) and later impresses Bell.
4 Old Cases
Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant as arraignment begins for those caught in the raid. Barksdale places a bounty on the head of rival gang leader Omar. Meanwhile, McNulty takes Bubbles on a cultural field trip.
5 The Pager
McNulty's detail finally gets 'clone' pagers to track Barksdale and his gang, but nobody can crack the codes used by the callers. Meanwhile, Bell instructs D'Angelo on how to school his lookouts while simultaneously flushing out a possible snitch.
6 The Wire
When Rawls looks to make a premature arrest for three murders that are linked to D'Angelo and Avon Barksdale, McNulty and Greggs must argue for a delay in order to preserve the valuable wiretap gains they have made.
7 One Arrest
Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust, but the incident makes Avon and Stringer suspicious, leading them to close shop in the Pit. Meanwhile, Bunk and McNulty look for another witness in the Gant slaying.
8 Lessons
An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of a car driven by Stringer Bell. Meanwhile, Greggs and Carver bust a congressional aide carrying dirty cash, but are forced to let him go. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' moniker.
9 Game Day
Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival. Meanwhile, Herc and Carver take some cash off of Wee-Bey's hands, and Omar resurfaces with a bang.
10 The Cost
With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.'
11 The Hunt
The police turn up the heat on tracking down Savino, Wee-Bey and Little Man. Burrell orders Daniels to hit drug dealers for results that will impress the press. Barksdale sees his ranks thinning after the hit on Orlando.
12 Cleaning Up
The low-rise pay phones are out of service, so McNulty and Daniels keep pace by tapping Barksdale's office. Bodie gets some new responsibilities from Stringer; Freamon gives Shardene a 'new look'; and D'Angelo goes to NYC on an errand for his uncle.
13 Sentencing
Season One finale. Every crew has weak links--including Avon Barksdale's. With the heat turned up in the high-rises, Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority in an effort to crack the case wide open.

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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.
4.3K reviews
A Google user
October 26, 2014
Far more than a cop drama, The Wire's story line encompasses the lives and machinations not only of the "public servants" who profit from Baltimore's drug trade, but of the street-level dealers, kingpins & junkies that drive the game. The writing is as uncompromising as it gets - - even for HBO. Easily among the best of its kind ever produced.
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Dave Shoup
October 26, 2015
This is HBO at its finest. The gritty up close and personal look at BOTH sides of the law...good and bad. Coupled with the realistic portrayal of Baltimore's urban gangland, you will be absolutely immersed in the business and politics behind the Baltimore Police Department, as well as the hustlers they live to fight against...and for. This is a must see and if you love crime drama, or even if you don't, then The Wire is for you.
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Reds Smith
May 3, 2022
I worked on the wire ,I knew most of the guys from being on the street s in Baltimore and I still am to this day. Pennsylvania Ave, Biddle street.i knew Marlo and Omar . It's been a great experience being white and hanging out on the corners..30 years and this show is the best at showing you what really happens..10 all the way REDS SMITH.
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