The Wire 5 Seasons 2002

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Season 1
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In the pilot episode of this drama series, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation.

Starring:
Dominic West, Sonja Sohn
Runtime:
1 hour 2 minutes

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Clark Johnson
Starring Dominic West, Sonja Sohn
Supporting actors Lance Reddick, Wendell Pierce, Idris Elba, Wood Harris, Frankie R. Faison, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi
Season year 2002
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By mr dotcom on 14 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
I watched the first episode of the Wire a few months ago and wasn't sure what to make of it and allowed the box set to gather dust on the shelf. However, while on holiday I started watching 2 or 3 episodes at a time and suddenly it had a rhythm that wasn't there before. This isn't some quick fix TV like Lost or 24, this unfolds like a novel (unsurprising as the show features writing from the likes of Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos) and rewards the viewer who follows the simple instruction on the cover of the box 'Listen Carefully'. I'm now on series 4 and it gets better and better - I envy those who haven't yet discovered this brilliant series - they have such an treat in store for them.
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213 of 226 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Weekes on 1 July 2007
Format: DVD
Over the last few years the quality of the US dramas have been outstanding. The shortned List -: 24, West wing, Battlestar Galactica Rome, Deadwood and of course The Sopranos.

I borrowed The Wire on the strength of this and it was very hard going at first. It had a gritty and unappealing setting(inner city Baltimore). The Pace was pendantic and there was so much street slang and police jargon, it did not seem to be going anywhere. I had not even read the reviews. I was truly going to return it. But at about the 6th or 7th episode. I began to understand the reason for the earlier seeming directionlesness.They were laying the foundations, indeed there was line I think the character Lester made about building things piece by piece till all the characters fit. I aslso began to realise what the writers had done they had created a whole universe, I simply had to see things in thier context.

Now having watched all 3 Seasons on DVD. I concur with the other viewers is saying that this is truly an extraordinary piece of work, A tale of an American city taken from different perspectives as an allegory for something that is happening in the society at a more profound level. Kudos to the writers for the complexity and depth and to HBO for being so bold (as they have always been). The acting is simply seamless, you could be forgiven for thinking you are watching a documentary. The show scope is breathtaking. It has truly raised the bar on what televison can produce
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct 2008
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The Wire is, at first glance, Yet Another Cop Show, about a group of disparate and conflicted police officers working to bring down criminals who are often not much better than they are. Yawn. However, there are two things that mean that people should take this seriously. Firstly, it's made by HBO who, up to a couple of years ago anyway, seemed physically incapable of making something unless it was absolutely gripping and awesome. Secondly, it's the creation of former police writer and journalist David Simon, whose previous show was the brilliant Homicide: Life on the Street.

The Wire kicks off on the mean streets of Baltimore, Maryland. A murder case against a young black man named D'Angelo Barksdale collapses when one of the witnesses is scared into retracting her testimony. The furious judge learns from homicide detective Jimmy McNulty that D'Angelo is a junior member of a far-reaching criminal gang run by his cousin, the extremely elusive Avon Barksdale. This gang controls all the drug supplies on the west side of the city, and are protected by a labyrinth of legit front organisations. Determined to get some payback, the judge uses his influence to have a special joint homicide-narcotics unit formed to bring down the Barksdale gang, with McNulty assigned and an up-and-coming officer named Lt. Daniels placed in charge.

The investigation into the Barksdale organisation by the unit forms the backbone of the first season of the show, but that's just one side of the story. We also get to see the investigation from the POV of the criminals themselves, most notably D'Angelo as he finds himself free but busted down to supplying the lowest of the estates, as well as the kids who work for him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
When series co-creator David Simon compared his monumental work to Balzac and Dickens, his arrogance was not wholly unjustified; The Wire does not feature any traditional main character with which the masses can connect. Instead, there is the city of Baltimore, a desperate and torn dystopia struggling for its last breath; hanging on to its heart and soul amongst the crime and corruption, occurring on both sides of the law, which constantly threatens to suffocate it.

The Wire is not easy watching. Like all great works of art, it makes no concessions for its audience - just as Dostoevsky, Joyce, and Tolstoy had done before it. The frequent comparisons with literary behemoths are not incidental; The Wire dives into the psychology of its subjects, analysing and yet never judging, instead placing that hefty responsibility of perception on its audience. Rarely has this been done in television; when The Observer's leading film critic, Mark Kermode, dismissed TV as inferior to cinema and literature, in this respect, he was right. And The Wire is the exception to that rule. So don't expect to sit down and have an enjoyable 60 minutes on your first viewing; you'll be panicked and confused, feeling as though you've been left behind by a whirlwind of information. And you'll have to play catch up with the series with every minute, dissecting and contemplating each as it passes by.

This first series examines the conflicts and complexities of the drug trade, with the city's low life taking centre stage. The law enforcement don't act on any higher principles than those they are trying to put behind bars; instead of being motivated by bettering society, the police force is plagued by bureaucracy.
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