The Wire

10 Best Episodes of The Wire - Season 1

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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#1 - 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.

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#2 - 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.

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#3 - 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.

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#4 - 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.

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#5 - Game Day (Season 1 - Episode 9)

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

The episode was rated 8.02 from 1622 votes.

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#6 - One Arrest (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 1686 votes.

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#7 - Lessons (Season 1 - Episode 8)

An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of Stringer Bell's car. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' reputation.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 1594 votes.

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#8 - The Wire (Season 1 - Episode 6)


McNulty and Greggs ask for a delay in a murder bust in order to preserve the wiretap.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 1713 votes.

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#9 - The Pager (Season 1 - Episode 5)

McNulty's detail finally gets "clone" pagers to track Barksdale and his gang.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1769 votes.

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#10 - Old Cases (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 1857 votes.

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    The Wire - S1E3

    #11 - The Buys (Season 1 - Episode 3)

    The early-morning "field interviews" by Herc, Carver and Prez result in a minor riot.

    The episode was rated 7.74 from 2020 votes.

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    #12 - The Detail (Season 1 - Episode 2)


    McNulty feels the heat when a witness who testified against D'Angelo is killed.

    The episode was rated 7.70 from 2325 votes.

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    #13 - The Target (Season 1 - Episode 1)

    Baltimore detective Jimmy McNulty gets assigned to a new task force.

    The episode was rated 7.50 from 3307 votes.


    Last updated: feb 04, 2023

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