9.4
13,061 votes
The Wire

The Wire

France Ô 2002

Unlike most television crime dramas, which neatly introduce and then solve a case all in the space of one hour, HBO's THE WIRE follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Wire

The Wire - S5E10

#1 - -30-

8.72

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Wire from 1067 votes.

The Wire - S3E11

#2 - Middle Ground

8.53

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 #2 Best episode of The Wire from 1254 votes.

The Wire - S3E12

#3 - Mission Accomplished

8.41

Season 3 - Episode 12

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

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Wire from 1207 votes.

The Wire - S4E13

#4 - Final Grades

8.39

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 #4 Best episode of The Wire from 1109 votes.

The Wire - S1E13

#5 - Sentencing

8.31

Season 1 - Episode 13

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

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Wire from 1547 votes.

The Wire - S5E9

#6 - Late Editions

8.25

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 #6 Best episode of The Wire from 1030 votes.

The Wire - S1E10

#7 - The Cost

8.24

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 #7 Best episode of The Wire from 1595 votes.

The Wire - S2E12

#8 - Port in a Storm

8.21

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Wire from 1267 votes.

The Wire - S4E12

#9 - That's Got His Own

8.20

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Wire from 1116 votes.

The Wire - S4E11

#10 - A New Day

8.19

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 #10 Best episode of The Wire from 1099 votes.

The Wire - S1E12
#11 - Cleaning Up
8.15
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 #1 Best episode of The Wire from 1552 votes.

The Wire - S2E11
#12 - Bad Dreams
8.14
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 #2 Best episode of The Wire from 1283 votes.

The Wire - S1E11
#13 - The Hunt
8.13
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 #3 Best episode of The Wire from 1566 votes.

The Wire - S3E8
#14 - Moral Midgetry
8.12
Season 3 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Wire from 1233 votes.

The Wire - S5E4
#15 - Transitions
8.07
Season 5 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Wire from 1079 votes.

The Wire - S2E10
#16 - Storm Warnings
8.05
Season 2 - Episode 10

Bodie is unhappy that Proposition Joe's people are slinging on his turf.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Wire from 1312 votes.

The Wire - S5E8
#17 - Clarifications
8.02
Season 5 - Episode 8

Bunk returns a McNulty favor; Carcetti is forced to make deals; Hayes asks Templeton about his sources.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Wire from 1031 votes.

The Wire - S1E9
#18 - Game Day
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 9

Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Wire from 1622 votes.

The Wire - S5E5
#19 - React Quotes
8.01
Season 5 - Episode 5

Marlo's new alliance gives Freamon and McNulty a fresh lead; the press turns to a breaking story.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Wire from 1044 votes.

The Wire - S2E6
#20 - All Prologue
8.01
Season 2 - Episode 6

Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Wire from 1353 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021

Comments

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The best television show of ALL-TIME.

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Ohhhhh baby. The brand new HD remaster in 16:9 of all the seasons of The Wire will be airing from Dec. 26-30 on HBO. Digital versions will be available to buy on Jan 5 and the BluRay will be released in the summer. In the words of the great Senator Clay Davis, "SHHHEEEIIITTTTTT". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1dnqKGuezo http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/03/hbo-announces-hd-remaster-of-the-wire

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This is more like it @deanzel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrfCixsd2N8

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TV at its very best, be warned this will ruin you for any other TV drama.

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It was pretty boring. I was expecting much more with this high rating

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Classic. They don't make shows like this anymore. Sadly. I wished it never ended but hey all good things must come to an end.

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Such a great show, one of my favorite of all time. Season 4 is just heartbreaking...

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One of the best TV shows ever!

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It's a really good show but saying it's the best show of all time is ridiculous. The acting is sub-par, the characters are ones that we have seen a million times before, the themes are painfully obvious with absolutely no subtlety at all, and the directing is just above average. It's great if you're just looking for a show with a cool plot but it does not extend beyond that at all.

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Great show well worth watching through until the end. Some of the best character development ever!

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