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Set in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, where it was also produced, The Wire is part police procedural, part character profile, and part portrait of the American inner city. The show, which aired between 2002 and 2008 on HBO, features a large cast of characters, police officers and criminals alike. Gritty and realistic, The Wire does not shy away from the poverty and struggle in Baltimore's inner-city community or the effects of racism and urban decay on children and families.

With five seasons in total, The Wire examines a new major theme with each passing season. Beginning with Baltimore's drug trade, the overarching story focuses in turn on subjects such as the media, inner city government, and the bureaucracy of the public school system. Each challenging subject affects the characters on a professional and personal level. Though the central thematic focus changes from season to season, the characters continuously face infrastructural collapse and career turmoil as the justice system struggles to succeed

The Wire is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (60 episodes). The series first aired on June 2, 2002.

Where do I stream The Wire online? The Wire is available for streaming on HBO, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Wire on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, iTunes online.

5 Seasons, 60 Episodes
June 2, 2002
Drama Action & Adventure Crime
Cast: Dominic West, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wendell Pierce
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The Wire Full Episode Guide

  • A damaging report by Pearlman and Daniels gets a reaction from Carcetti, while Haynes finds little support for his concerns about a reporters work from the bosses. Meanwhile, McNulty wants to put a homeless case to an end, Dukie searches for an old mentor and a fallen officer is given a wake.

  • A promising lead makes Freamon's hard work worthwhile, although McNulty doesn't feel like a celebration.

  • A shift in the police department sends Carver to a new location. Meanwhile, Carcetti is forced to put his political future in jeopardy, Haynes digs deeper into Templeton's work, and an important case has a breakthrough by Sydnor, while Fletcher continues working with Bubbles.

  • Marlo's crew goes on full alert after Omar's mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, Carcetti concentrates on the plight of the homeless, while Bunk has an interview with a witness connected with the row-house case, and Templeton looks to a follow up to his recent front page story.

  • While the crew awaits a showdown with Omar, Marlo celebrates a business deal. Meanwhile, at the Sun, McNulty and Freamon take advantage of a development regarding the murder of the homeless people, while Dukie heads to Cutty's gym. Also, Herc does Carver a favor as a means to make amends for his past behavior, while Davis takes his case to the court of public opinion.

  • Omar plots his revenge for his former associates murder now that he's returned from exile. Gus stresses the need for a city-court reporter, after missing out on a grand jury probe. Carcetti finds there are strings attached in his desire to get rid of Burrell. While McNulty investigates the deaths of homeless men, Freamon needs the help of an old friend. Also, Marlo looks to the future in his dealings with the Greeks.

  • Mayor Carcetti's police department plan is leaked. Marlo turns to Proposition Joe for help. Meanwhile, McNulty strikes up an unexpected ally -- Freamon.

  • Freamon keeps a look out for Marlo, who is putting together a deal with Avon Barksdale. Davis goes to Burrell for help, but finds that the commissioner's hands are tied. Whiting puts together a series on broad strokes.

  • McNulty and the detail continue to stake out Marlo and his crew. Recently promoted Sergeant Carver is met with complaints concerning unpaid overtime. Meanwhile, Haynes deals with cutbacks, but is still able to expose a politician's connection to a drug dealer; and Joe, Marlo, Fatface Rick meet to divide up the drug trade across Baltimore.

  • The police are overwhelmed by the vacant houses' yield. Meanwhile, Bubbles takes a protégé's fate hard, Colvin asks Wee-Bey for a big favor, Omar looks to rob Joe's co-op once again, Marlo gives Michael his first assignment, McNulty mulls a return to his old unit, Bodie voices his displeasure with the current regime and Carver runs out of time trying to help Randy.

  • Herc's harassment of a black minister becomes Carcetti's first public-relations problem; Daniels turns to Freamon to reopen the major-crimes unit; Michael hatches a scheme to get back at the bullying Off. Walker; Omar gains the upper hand in dealing with Proposition Joe; Randy's predicament prompts a swift reaction from Prez.

  • Davis convinces Burrell to reassert his authority, which echoes up and down the ranks; Namond reaches out to an unexpected hand for help; Colvin's experiment is put under the microscope; Bubbles grows tired of Herc's promises; Michael's problem is solved by Chris; Bodie's street-corner advice comes back to haunt him.

  • An imprisoned Omar looks to an unlikely source for help; Prez uses unorthodox methods to get his kids to learn; Greggs surprises Norris with a break in the Braddock case; Carcetti and Royce hold a post-primary meeting; Marlo tries to figure out who's following him; Cutty comes clean at the gym about his extracurricular activities.

  • Election Day brings out last-minute campaign tactics; Herc thinks he can catch Marlo red-handed; Colvin gets his first class of recruits; Omar's name echoes through the squad room, but McNulty is skeptical of the reason; Prez tries to keep Randy from heading down the wrong path; Namond is reluctant to become a breadwinner.

  • Changes within the units finds Freamon and Greggs moving to homicide, while Herc and Dozerman join Marimow in the Major Crimes Unit. Cutty's new job is corralling truants, but his mentoring of Michael is going nowhere. Bubbles does her best to get Sherrod back into the eighth grade. Burrell knows how to mess up the state witness murder investigation, which will impact Greggs and the election. Prez's struggles as a teacher continues. Broddie starts working with a new company. Randy faces problems after being caught with his candy scam. Colvin pitches his pilot program to the middle school and Proposition Joe cons Marlo in a major heist.

  • Prez learns a difficult lesson during his first week at school; Bunny mulls an offer for a crime-research study; Rawls sabotages Freamon's unit; the mayor reacts to Carcetti's debate bombshell; Proposition Joe suggests reaching out to Marlo; Bunk gets a taste of McNulty's domesticated life.

  • Freamon ruffles a few feathers with a round of subpoenas to VIPs; Herc gets an eyeful behind closed doors at City Hall; Marlo reaches out to the neighborhood kids; Carcetti scores points during a televised debate; Wee-Bey dispenses fatherly advice to Namond.

  • Four West Baltimore teens get a summer education on the streets with school on the horizon. Meanwhile, Councilman Carcetti campaigns for mayor, Prez prepares for his new career as a teacher and Freamon is puzzled by the lack of violence between drug gangs.

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Robert Chew of 'The Wire' Passes Away

Robert F. Chew, best known for his role as Proposition Joe on "The Wire," has passed away unexpectedly.

A New Season for the 'The Wire'? Creator David Simon Tells U.S. Attorney General He'll Do It, With Just One Condition

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Department of Justice on a very important matter: bringing back "The Wire" to HBO for another season. Holder said he was "reminded how great that series was," and stated outright, "I want another season." The good news is that co-creator David Simon is ready and willing to make another season. But, he has one condition, and it's a doozy.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's Edict: "Do Another Season of 'The Wire.'"

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a message of the utmost importance to the well-being of our country yesterday: "Do another season of 'The Wire.'" The Attorney General, along with some of the cast of the critically-acclaimed HBO series, spoke at the Justice Department and directly addressed the creators of "The Wire," Ed Burns and David Simon.

'The Wire' Star Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson Arrested in Maryland After Drug Raid

Early this morning, Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out raids of a number of homes in the Baltimore, Maryland area.   More than 60 people were arrested, reports The Baltimore Sun, including Felicia Pearson, better known as 'Snoop' on the HBO series "The Wire."   The drug busts were part of a five-month investigation by the Baltimore-based DEA.