The Wire

10 Best Episodes of The Wire - Season 5

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Wire - S5E1

#10 - More with Less (Season 5 - Episode 1)

Budget cuts hit the police hard; corporate downsizing frustrates the staff of a local newspaper.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 1108 votes.

The Wire - S5E2

#9 - Unconfirmed Reports (Season 5 - Episode 2)


McNulty decides to take matters into his own hands; Marlo takes care of unfinished business.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1064 votes.

The Wire - S5E6

#8 - The Dickensian Aspect (Season 5 - Episode 6)

Templeton makes headlines; Bunk follows up on old leads; McNulty takes an interest in the homeless.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 1026 votes.

The Wire - S5E7

#7 - Took (Season 5 - Episode 7)


An unexpected call puts Templeton and the paper back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty unwanted extra attention.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 1007 votes.

The Wire - S5E3

#6 - Not for Attribution (Season 5 - Episode 3)

Carcetti's police plans are leaked to the press; Marlo cleans up his cash.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 1067 votes.

The Wire - S5E5

#5 - React Quotes (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 8.01 from 1044 votes.

The Wire - S5E8

#4 - Clarifications (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 8.02 from 1031 votes.

The Wire - S5E4

#3 - 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 - S5E9

#2 - 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 - 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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