The Wire

10 Best Episodes of The Wire

Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

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The Wire - S5E4

#15 - Transitions (Season 5 - Episode 4)

The police brass changes; McNulty and Freamon look for bodies; Prop Joe pays his last respects.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 1079 votes.

The Wire - S3E8

#14 - Moral Midgetry (Season 3 - Episode 8)


With Amsterdam running full-tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 1233 votes.

The Wire - S1E11

#13 - The Hunt (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Burrell orders Daniels to hit dealers for results that will impress the media. Meanwhile, Greggs is in the ICU.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 1566 votes.

The Wire - S2E11

#12 - Bad Dreams (Season 2 - Episode 11)


With the clock ticking, the Detail makes a desperate move. Daniels reams out Landsman for dropping the ball.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 1283 votes.

The Wire - S1E12

#11 - Cleaning Up (Season 1 - Episode 12)

With the detail's future hanging in the balance, Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 1552 votes.

The Wire - S4E11

#10 - A New Day (Season 4 - Episode 11)


Carcetti faces a dilemma; Randy gets the cold shoulder; Omar makes a power play; Freamon has a revelation.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 1099 votes.

The Wire - S4E12

#9 - That's Got His Own (Season 4 - Episode 12)

Freamon seeks help in City Hall; Bubbles gets desperate; Michael rejects his past; Omar strikes again.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 1116 votes.

The Wire - S2E12

#8 - Port in a Storm (Season 2 - Episode 12)


The Detail suffers a setback, while Russell and Bunk revisit Philly to look for evidence.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 1267 votes.

The Wire - S1E10

#7 - The Cost (Season 1 - Episode 10)

With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels must figure out what to do with him in the time before he testifies.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 1595 votes.

The Wire - S5E9

#6 - Late Editions (Season 5 - Episode 9)


Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, though McNulty isn't in the mood to celebrate.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 1030 votes.

The Wire - S1E13

#5 - Sentencing (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority to crack the case.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 1547 votes.

The Wire - S4E13

#4 - Final Grades (Season 4 - Episode 13)


Namond, Randy and Dukie adjust to new realities; Michael is promoted; Omar makes Prop Joe an offer.

The episode was rated 8.39 from 1109 votes.

The Wire - S3E12

#3 - Mission Accomplished (Season 3 - Episode 12)

A reticent Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo.

The episode was rated 8.41 from 1207 votes.

The Wire - S3E11

#2 - Middle Ground (Season 3 - Episode 11)


The wire begins to yield info about the Barksdale organization, though links to the top are elusive.

The episode was rated 8.53 from 1254 votes.

The Wire - S5E10

#1 - -30- (Season 5 - Episode 10)

McNulty and Freamon face the consequences of their actions, while Carcetti tries to save face.

The episode was rated 8.72 from 1067 votes.

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