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The Wire

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Air weekdate: Sunday
Genre: Drama, Crime
Channel: HBO
Status: Ended
9.5/10(7233 votes)
Aidan Gillen Aidan Gillen as Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti
Al Brown Al Brown as Dep. Comm. for Administration Stanislaus Valchek
Amy Ryan Amy Ryan as Officer Beatrice "Beadie" Russell
Andre Royo Andre Royo as Bubbles
Anwan Glover Anwan Glover as Slim Charles
Benjamin Busch Benjamin Busch as Officer Anthony Colicchio
Bill Raymond Bill Raymond as The Greek
Bobby Brown Bobby Brown as Officer Bobby Brown
Brandon Young Brandon Young as Mike Fletcher
Brandy Burre Brandy Burre as Theresa D'Agostino

The first season of The Wire (2002) 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 Two and Three, as the Barksdale investigation escalated, new storylines involving pressures on the working class and the city's political leadership were introduced. Season Four 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 centers 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 season 1

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Police drama tells about one of the most criminal of U.S. cities – Baltimore, Maryland. Drugs, murder, cruelty and destroyed destinies prevail in this city. Baltimore police unit tries to use special tools for the wiretapping and hidden video brought to investigating crimes of organized criminal groups involved in illicit drug trafficking. Also, detectives have to deal with corruption and political motives own superiors.

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The Wire season 2

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The second season, along with its ongoing examination of the drug problem and it’s effect on the urban poor, examines the plight of the blue-collar urban working class as exemplified by stevedores in the city port, as some of them get caught up in smuggling drugs and other contraband inside the shipping containers that pass through their port. In a season-long subplot, the Barksdale organization continues it’s drug trafficking despite Avon’s imprisonment, with Stringer Bell assuming greater power.

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The Wire season 3

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In the third season, the focus returns to the street and the Barksdale organization. The scope, however, is expanded to include the city’s political scene. A new subplot is introduced to explore the potential positive effects of de facto “legalizing” the illegal drug trade, and incidentally prostitution, within the limited boundaries of a few uninhabited city blocks — referred to as Hamsterdam. The posited benefits, as in Amsterdam and other European cities, are reduced street crime city-wide and increased outreach of health and social services to at-risk populations.

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The Wire season 4

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The fourth season expanded its scope again to include an examination of the school system. Other major plots include the mayoral race that continues the political storyline begun in season three, and a closer look at Marlo Stanfield’s drug gang, which has grown to control most of western Baltimore’s trafficking. Dukie, Randy, Michael, and Namond, four boys from West Baltimore, they enter the eighth grade. At the same school, Prez has begun a new career as a math teacher. Despite mentorship from the more seasoned faculty, Namond, and later Michael, work as drug runners for Bodie, who has had middling success selling Proposition Joe’s product independently.

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The Wire season 5

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The fifth season focuses on the media and media consumption. The show features a fictional depiction of the newspaper The Baltimore Sun, and in fact elements of the plot are ripped-from-the-headlines events (such as the Jayson Blair New York Times scandal) and people at the Sun. The season deals with “what stories get told and what don’t and why it is that things stay the same.” Issues such as the quest for profit, the decrease in the number of reporters, and the end of aspiration for news quality would all be addressed, alongside the theme of homelessness.

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