9.4
13,067 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 Worst Episodes of The Wire

The Wire - S1E1

#1 - The Target

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Wire from 3307 votes.

The Wire - S2E1

#2 - Ebb Tide

7.64

Season 2 - Episode 1

Det. McNulty—exiled to police-boat duty—makes a shocking discovery in the Baltimore harbor.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Wire from 1515 votes.

The Wire - S5E1

#3 - More with Less

7.65

Season 5 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Wire from 1108 votes.

The Wire - S3E1

#4 - Time After Time

7.68

Season 3 - Episode 1

A wave of urban reform brings down the notorious Franklin Terrace public housing towers.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Wire from 1383 votes.

The Wire - S1E2

#5 - The Detail

7.70

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Wire from 2325 votes.

The Wire - S5E2

#6 - Unconfirmed Reports

7.71

Season 5 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Wire from 1064 votes.

The Wire - S2E5

#7 - Undertow

7.73

Season 2 - Episode 5

Ziggy loses his prized Camaro to drug dealers who aren't buying his alibis about not paying up.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Wire from 1377 votes.

The Wire - S1E3

#8 - The Buys

7.74

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Wire from 2020 votes.

The Wire - S4E1

#9 - Boys of Summer

7.75

Season 4 - Episode 1

Four boys play out their summer; Royce and Carcetti hit the campaign trail.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Wire from 1218 votes.

The Wire - S1E4

#10 - Old Cases

7.76

Season 1 - Episode 4

Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Wire from 1857 votes.

The Wire - S4E4
#11 - Refugees
7.77
Season 4 - Episode 4

A major case gets a new detective; Marlo is burned in poker; Colvin and Cutty get new jobs in the school system.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Wire from 1108 votes.

The Wire - S3E4
#12 - Amsterdam
7.77
Season 3 - Episode 4

West Baltimore residents get some surprising straight talk at a community meeting from Major Colvin.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Wire from 1236 votes.

The Wire - S2E4
#13 - Hard Cases
7.77
Season 2 - Episode 4

Sobotka reprimands his nephew Nick for stealing the cameras and orders him to bring the cargo back.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Wire from 1374 votes.

The Wire - S1E5
#14 - The Pager
7.77
Season 1 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Wire from 1769 votes.

The Wire - S2E2
#15 - Collateral Damage
7.78
Season 2 - Episode 2

Major Valchek gets back at Sobotka for the church gift fiasco and a feud begins.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Wire from 1435 votes.

The Wire - S3E2
#16 - All Due Respect
7.80
Season 3 - Episode 2

Omar continues his bold strikes on Barksdale stash houses, which are now heavily guarded.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Wire from 1281 votes.

The Wire - S3E3
#17 - Dead Soldiers
7.82
Season 3 - Episode 3

Colvin feels the sting of Burrell and Rawls during a Comstat assessment of his district's felony numbers.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Wire from 1254 votes.

The Wire - S4E2
#18 - Soft Eyes
7.82
Season 4 - Episode 2

Pearlman is on thin ice; Marlo plays Robin Hood; Prez preps for school; Carcetti drops a bombshell on Royce.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Wire from 1173 votes.

The Wire - S2E7
#19 - Backwash
7.82
Season 2 - Episode 7

Russell tells Sobotka the investigation is over, but a computer is cloned, and when a container goes missing, the cops follow.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Wire from 1306 votes.

The Wire - S4E9
#20 - Know Your Place
7.82
Season 4 - Episode 9

Bubbles fingers a witness for Herc; Colvin offers an incentive; Andre turns to Proposition Joe for help.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Wire from 1088 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 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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