The Wire

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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.


  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Rating: 9.5 (235 votes)
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Status: Ended
  • Years: 2002 - 2008
  • Episodes per season: 13
  • Network: HBO


The Wire - season 1

Season 1 (2002)

Rating: 7.9
The Wire - season 2

Season 2 (2003)

Rating: 7.8
The Wire - season 3

Season 3 (2004)

Rating: 7.9
The Wire - season 4

Season 4 (2006)

Rating: 7.9
The Wire - season 5

Season 5 (2008)

Rating: 8.1

Characters and Actors

Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty in The Wire

Jimmy McNulty

Actor: Dominic West
Wendell Pierce as Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland in The Wire

Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland

Actor: Wendell Pierce
Also in: Suits
Sonja Sohn as Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs in The Wire

Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs

Actor: Sonja Sohn
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little in The Wire

Omar Little

Actor: Michael Kenneth Williams
Also in: Boardwalk Empire
David Costabile as Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow in The Wire

Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow

Actor: David Costabile
Also in: Suits, Better Call Saul
Felicia Pearson as Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson in The Wire

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson

Actor: Felicia Pearson
Corey Parker Robinson as Leander Sydnor in The Wire

Leander Sydnor

Actor: Corey Parker Robinson
J.D. Williams as Preston 'Bodie' Broadus in The Wire

Preston 'Bodie' Broadus

Actor: J.D. Williams
Andre Royo as Bubbles in The Wire


Actor: Andre Royo
Also in: Hand of God, Empire (2015)
Seth Gilliam as Sergeant Ellis Carver in The Wire

Sergeant Ellis Carver

Actor: Seth Gilliam
Also in: Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead
Lance Reddick as Colonel Cedric Daniels in The Wire

Colonel Cedric Daniels

Actor: Lance Reddick
Also in: Bosch, Fringe
Paul Ben-Victor as Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos in The Wire

Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos

Actor: Paul Ben-Victor
Also in: Entourage
John Doman as Major William Rawls in The Wire

Major William Rawls

Actor: John Doman
Also in: Gotham
Amy Ryan as Officer Beatrice "Beadie" Russell in The Wire

Officer Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

Actor: Amy Ryan
Also in: The Office (US)
Robert Wisdom as Howard 'Bunny' Colvin in The Wire

Howard 'Bunny' Colvin

Actor: Robert Wisdom
Also in: Prison Break
Domenick Lombardozzi as Thomas "Herc" Hauk in The Wire

Thomas "Herc" Hauk

Actor: Domenick Lombardozzi
Idris Elba as Stringer Bell in The Wire

Stringer Bell

Actor: Idris Elba
Also in: Luther, The Office (US)
Melvin Williams as The Deacon in The Wire

The Deacon

Actor: Melvin Williams
Leo Fitzpatrick as Johnny Weeks in The Wire

Johnny Weeks

Actor: Leo Fitzpatrick
Jim True-Frost as Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski in The Wire

Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski

Actor: Jim True-Frost
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as D'Angelo Barksdale in The Wire

D'Angelo Barksdale

Actor: Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
Also in: The Walking Dead
Aidan Gillen as Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti in The Wire

Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti

Actor: Aidan Gillen
Also in: Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders
Clarke Peters as Detective Lester Freamon in The Wire

Detective Lester Freamon

Actor: Clarke Peters
Chris Bauer as Frank Sobotka in The Wire

Frank Sobotka

Actor: Chris Bauer
Also in: True Blood
Deirdre Lovejoy as Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman in The Wire

Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman

Actor: Deirdre Lovejoy
Also in: American Gothic (2016), The Blacklist
Wood Harris as Avon Barksdale in The Wire

Avon Barksdale

Actor: Wood Harris
Frankie Faison as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in The Wire

Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell

Actor: Frankie Faison
Also in: Banshee
Michael B. Jordan as Wallace in The Wire


Actor: Michael B. Jordan
Tootsie Duvall as Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly in The Wire

Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly

Actor: Tootsie Duvall
Richard Hidlebird as Principal Claudell Withers in The Wire

Principal Claudell Withers

Actor: Richard Hidlebird
Maestro Harrell as Randy Wagstaff in The Wire

Randy Wagstaff

Actor: Maestro Harrell
Also in: Suburgatory
Julito McCullum as Namond Brice in The Wire

Namond Brice

Actor: Julito McCullum
Maria Broom as City Councilwoman Marla Daniels in The Wire

City Councilwoman Marla Daniels

Actor: Maria Broom
Frederick Strother as State Delegate Odell Watkins in The Wire

State Delegate Odell Watkins

Actor: Frederick Strother
Brandon Young as Mike Fletcher in The Wire

Mike Fletcher

Actor: Brandon Young
Sam Freed as Executive Editor James C. Whiting III in The Wire

Executive Editor James C. Whiting III

Actor: Sam Freed
David Constabile as Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow in The Wire

Managing Editor Thomas Klebanow

Actor: David Constabile
Tom McCarthy as Scott Templeton in The Wire

Scott Templeton

Actor: Tom McCarthy
Kwame Patterson as Monk in The Wire


Actor: Kwame Patterson
S. Robert Morgan as Butchie in The Wire


Actor: S. Robert Morgan
Steve Earle as Walon in The Wire


Actor: Steve Earle
Michael Potts as Brother Mouzone in The Wire

Brother Mouzone

Actor: Michael Potts
Also in: True Detective
Hassan Johnson as Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice in The Wire

Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice

Actor: Hassan Johnson
Thuliso Dingwall as Kenard in The Wire


Actor: Thuliso Dingwall
Anwan Glover as Slim Charles in The Wire

Slim Charles

Actor: Anwan Glover
Method Man as Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff in The Wire

Calvin "Cheese" Wagstaff

Actor: Method Man
Robert F. Chew as Proposition Joe Stewart in The Wire

Proposition Joe Stewart

Actor: Robert F. Chew
Benjamin Busch as Officer Anthony Colicchio in The Wire

Officer Anthony Colicchio

Actor: Benjamin Busch
Bobby Brown as Officer Bobby Brown in The Wire

Officer Bobby Brown

Actor: Bobby Brown
Michael Salconi as Officer Michael Santangelo in The Wire

Officer Michael Santangelo

Actor: Michael Salconi
Rick Otto as Officer Kenneth Dozerman in The Wire

Officer Kenneth Dozerman

Actor: Rick Otto
Peter Gerety as Judge Daniel Phelan in The Wire

Judge Daniel Phelan

Actor: Peter Gerety
Also in: Sneaky Pete
Dion Graham as State's Attorney Rupert Bond in The Wire

State's Attorney Rupert Bond

Actor: Dion Graham
Gary D'Addario as Grand Jury Prosecutor Gary DiPasquale in The Wire

Grand Jury Prosecutor Gary DiPasquale

Actor: Gary D'Addario
Gregory Williams as Detective Michael Crutchfield in The Wire

Detective Michael Crutchfield

Actor: Gregory Williams
Brian Anthony Wilson as Detective Vernon Holley in The Wire

Detective Vernon Holley

Actor: Brian Anthony Wilson
Jay Landsman as Lieutenant Dennis Mello in The Wire

Lieutenant Dennis Mello

Actor: Jay Landsman
Al Brown as Dep. Comm. for Administration Stanislaus Valchek in The Wire

Dep. Comm. for Administration Stanislaus Valchek

Actor: Al Brown
Delaney Williams as Sergeant Jay Landsman in The Wire

Sergeant Jay Landsman

Actor: Delaney Williams
Ed Norris as Detective Edward Norris in The Wire

Detective Edward Norris

Actor: Ed Norris
Chris Ashworth as Sergei "Serge" Malatov in The Wire

Sergei "Serge" Malatov

Actor: Chris Ashworth
Pablo Schreiber as Nick Sobotka in The Wire

Nick Sobotka

Actor: Pablo Schreiber
Also in: Weeds, American Gods, Orange Is the New Black
Charley Scalies as Thomas 'Horseface' Pakusa in The Wire

Thomas 'Horseface' Pakusa

Actor: Charley Scalies
Bill Raymond as The Greek in The Wire

The Greek

Actor: Bill Raymond
James Ransone as Chester 'Ziggy' Sobotka in The Wire

Chester 'Ziggy' Sobotka

Actor: James Ransone
Isiah Whitlock Jr. as State Senator R. Clayton "Clay" Davis in The Wire

State Senator R. Clayton "Clay" Davis

Actor: Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Michelle Paress as Alma Gutierrez in The Wire

Alma Gutierrez

Actor: Michelle Paress
Michael Kostroff as Maurice "Maury" Levy in The Wire

Maurice "Maury" Levy

Actor: Michael Kostroff
Tristan Wilds as Michael Lee in The Wire

Michael Lee

Actor: Tristan Wilds
Also in: 90210
Jermaine Crawford as Duquan "Dukie" Weems in The Wire

Duquan "Dukie" Weems

Actor: Jermaine Crawford
Neal Huff as Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf in The Wire

Chief of Staff Michael Steintorf

Actor: Neal Huff
Gbenga Akinnagbe as Chris Partlow in The Wire

Chris Partlow

Actor: Gbenga Akinnagbe
Clark Johnson as Augustus "Gus" Haynes in The Wire

Augustus "Gus" Haynes

Actor: Clark Johnson
Glynn Turman as Clarence V. Royce in The Wire

Clarence V. Royce

Actor: Glynn Turman
Also in: How to Get Away with Murder
Jamie Hector as Marlo Stanfield in The Wire

Marlo Stanfield

Actor: Jamie Hector
Also in: Bosch
Chad L. Coleman as Dennis "Cutty" Wise in The Wire

Dennis "Cutty" Wise

Actor: Chad L. Coleman
Also in: The Walking Dead, Arrow
Reg E. Cathey as Norman Wilson in The Wire

Norman Wilson

Actor: Reg E. Cathey
Also in: House of Cards (US), Marvel's Luke Cage
Tray Chaney as Malik "Poot" Carr in The Wire

Malik "Poot" Carr

Actor: Tray Chaney