The Wire

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The Wire
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Premiere June 1, 2002
Finale March 9, 2008
Creator David Simon
Network/Provider HBO
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Blown Deadline Productions
Seasons 5
Episodes 60
Origin USA
Official Site HBO

The Wire (2002–2008) is a crime drama which follows the story of a single police unit working in Baltimore, Maryland. The show also follows the stories of the criminals, citizens, and politicians from the city. Beyond this, The Wire tells a compelling and complex story about interlocking relationships and institutions of urban America. Creator David Simon has often described the series as a television novel. Each season can be thought of as a single book, with each episode analogous to individual chapters in that book. New viewers often find the series difficult at first because of the complex story lines which continuously build on events from previous episodes and seasons. However, such a format is perhaps the most rewarding, as the final episodes of a season are quite amazing in their ability to bring a story line to a dramatic and memorable conclusion.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
The Law 1 2 3 4 5
Dominic West Detective James "Jimmy" McNulty * * * * *
Lance Reddick Lieutenant Cedric Daniels * * * * *
Sonja Sohn Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs * * * * *
Wendell Pierce Detective William "Bunk" Moreland * * * * *
Clarke Peters Detective Lester Freamon o * * * *
Jim True-Frost Detective Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski o o * * o
Robert Wisdom Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin o * * o
Deirdre Lovejoy Assistant State's Attorney Rhonda Pearlman * * * * *
Frankie R. Faison Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell * o * * o
John Doman Major William Rawls * * * * *
Seth Gilliam Detective Ellis Carver o o * * *
Domenick Lombardozzi Detective Thomas "Herc" Hauk o o * * *
Corey Parker Robinson Detective Leander Sydnor o * * *
The Street 1 2 3 4 5
Idris Elba Russell "Stringer" Bell * * *
Wood Harris Avon Barksdale * * * o
Larry Gilliard, Jr. D'Angelo Barksdale * o
JD Williams Preston "Bodie" Broadus o o * *
Michael K. Williams Omar Little o o * * *
Andre Royo Bubbles * o * * *
Jamie Hector Marlo Stanfield o * *
Chad L. Coleman Dennis "Cutty" Wise o * o
Gbenga Akinnagbe Chris Partlow o o *
The Port
Chris Bauer Frank Sobotka *
Paul Ben Victor Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos * o o
Amy Ryan Officer Beatrice "Beadie" Russell * o o
The Hall 1 2 3 4 5
Aidan Gillen Councilman Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti * * *
Reg E. Cathey Norman Wilson * *
Glynn Turman Mayor Clarence V. Royce o * o
Neal Huff Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf o *
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Senator Clayton "Clay" Davis o o o o *
Michael Kostroff Maurice "Maury" Levy o o o *
The School
Tristan Wilds Michael Lee o *
Jermaine Crawford Duquan "Dukie" Weems o *
The Newsroom
Clark Johnson Augustus "Gus" Haynes *
Tom McCarthy Scott Templeton *
Michelle Paress Alma Gutierrez *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
HBO
Season One June 2, 2002 September 8, 2002 13
Season Two June 1, 2003 August 24, 2003 12
Season Three September 19, 2004 December 19, 2004 12
Season Four September 10, 2006 December 10, 2006 13
Season Five January 6, 2008 March 9, 2008 10 + 2

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series December 9, 2008 purchase 23
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season October 12, 2004 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season January 25, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Third Season August 8, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season December 4, 2007 purchase 4
The Complete Fifth Season August 12, 2008 purchase 4

External Sites