The Wire

10 Worst 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.

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

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The Wire - S1E4

#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.

The Wire - S4E1

#9 - Boys of Summer (Season 4 - Episode 1)


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

The episode was rated 7.75 from 1218 votes.

The Wire - S1E3

#8 - 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.

The Wire - S2E5

#7 - Undertow (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 7.73 from 1377 votes.

The Wire - S5E2

#6 - 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 - S1E2

#5 - 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.

The Wire - S3E1

#4 - Time After Time (Season 3 - Episode 1)

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

The episode was rated 7.68 from 1383 votes.

The Wire - S5E1

#3 - 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 - S2E1

#2 - Ebb Tide (Season 2 - Episode 1)

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

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1515 votes.

The Wire - S1E1

#1 - 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.

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