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The Wire

Genres: Drama, Police Procedural
Broadcast on: e.tv, M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Top One, M-Net Action, M-Net Edge, M-Net City

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Broadcaster information
International channels
HBO : 02 Jun 2002 - 09 Mar 2008

South African channels

M-Net : 07 Jul 2003 - 12 Mar 2007
e.tv : 08 Jan 2007 - 28 Jun 2010
M-Net Action : 04 Aug 2008 - 13 Oct 2008
Top One : 21 Oct 2010 - 04 Dec 2011
Mzansi Magic : 07 Nov 2011 - 31 Oct 2012
M-Net Edge : 17 Feb 2015 - 12 Apr 2016
M-Net City : 22 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

About the Show

The Wire is an American television drama series created, produced and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, in which each season focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore: the drug trade, the port, the city bureaucracy, the school system and the print news media.

The series is a gritty police drama set in Baltimore, Maryland that considers the impact different institutions have on individuals.

The first season of The Wire concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell.

In Seasons 2 and 3, as the Barksdale investigation escalated, new storylines involving pressures on the working class and the city's political leadership were introduced.

Season 4 focused on the stories of several young boys in the public school system, struggling with problems at home and the lure of the corner - set against the rise of a new drug empire in West Baltimore and a new Mayor in City Hall.

The fifth and final season of The Wire centres on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realities depicted over the course of the series, while also resolving storylines of the numerous characters woven throughout the narrative arc of the show.

The Wire was created by David Simon. Executive producers included David Simon and Nina Kostroff Noble, with co-executive producers Joe Chappelle and Ed Burns and producers Karen Thorson and George Pelecanos.

Trivia

The show was created by writer, journalist and producer David Simon who was also a writer and producer of Homicide: Life On The Street.

Some of the stories of the show are co-written by Ed Burns who's a former Baltimore homicide detective and school teacher.

Surveillance and wire-tap technologies are central to much of the shows plot and structure, hence its title.

Conversations are very important in the show as many of the events that take place happen off-camera and are revealed through the characters conversations only.

The title music is the gospel and blues Tom Waits track Way Down In The Hole, from his album Frank's Wild Years. Each season of the show features someone else singing the song. The performers are as follows:

Season 1: The Blind Boys of Alabama
Season 2: Tom Waits
Season 3: The Neville Brothers
Season 4: DoMaJe
Season 5: Steve Earle

The closing track is entitled The Fall and is composed by Blake Leyh, the show's musical supervisor.


Starring

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Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty

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Deputy Commissioner William A. Rawls

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Russell 'Stringer' Bell

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Comm. Ervin H. Burrell

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D'Angelo Barksdale

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Avon Barksdale

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Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman

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Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland

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Lt. Cedric Daniels

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Bubbles

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Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs

as
Frank Sobotka

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Spiros 'Vondas' Vondopoulos

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Det. Lester Freamon

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Off. Beatrice 'Beadie' Russell

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Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski

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Maj. Howard 'Bunny' Colvin

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Sgt. Ellis Carver

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Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk

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Preston 'Bodie' Broadus

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Omar Little

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Det. Leander Sydnor

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Norman Wilson

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Dennis 'Cutty' Wise

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Marlo 'Black' Stanfield

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Mayor Clarence V. Royce

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City Editor Augustus 'Gus' Haynes

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Scott Templeton

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Chris Partlow

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Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf

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Duquan 'Dukie' Weems

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Michael Lee

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Maurice 'Maury' Levy

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Alma Gutierrez

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State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Tuesday 22 December

22 Dec 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
A five-season binge of The Wire starts on M-Net City and kykNET gives offenders a Kans.


M-Net Edge clinches exclusive deal with HBO

16 Oct 2014 | Written by: TVSA Team | From: M-Net Edge
M-Net has signed an exclusive deal with HBO for the new M-Net Edge channel which will be home to HBO shows in Africa.


New on Mzansi Magic in November 2011

03 Nov 2011 | Written by: TVSA Team | From: Mzansi Magic | 1 comment
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