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The Wire: Season 1 (2002)

Cast: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, more...
Director: Edward Bianchi, Edward Bianchi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Television, TV Drama, Crime, Cops, Crime TV
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
In time-honored American tradition, two tough bureaucracies clashed head-on in the weekly cable-TV police drama The Wire. The difference here was that the bureaucracies in question were on diametrically opposite sides of the law. Filmed in Baltimore, the series was set in motion when a local judge, disgusted with the lack of progress in the war on drugs, ordered the city's Narcotics and Homicide divisions to join forces in their efforts to solve a string of murders which might have been drug-related. The "good guys" included homicide detectives Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce) and narcotics detectives Shakima Greggs (Sonja Sohn), Cedric Daniels (Lance Reddick), Ellis Carver (Seth Gilliam), and Herc Hauk (Dominick Lombardozzi). To say that these law officers did not always see eye to eye would be an understatement, but their jealous squabbles were minor compared to the ego-driven flare-ups within the bad guys' camp -- specifically the members of the Franklin Towers drug dealing operation, led by Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) and his contentious relatives. Created by David Simon (The Corner), the 13-episode The Wire debuted June 2, 2002, on the HBO cable service. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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The Wire: Season 1 (Disc 1 of 5) (2002)
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8.60 (98 votes)
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The Wire: Season 1 (Disc 2 of 5) (2002)
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The Wire: Season 1 (Disc 3 of 5) (2002)
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The Wire: Season 1 (Disc 4 of 5) (2002)
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The Wire: Season 1 (Disc 5 of 5) (2002)
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Damned Good by MMcDonough November 1, 2006 - 3:27 PM PST
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I've only seen the first season. But so far I find it even more engaging than The Sopranos, as it develops the characters on both sides of the fence. Nobody's easy to love, or hate. And the acting on the part of the teenage dealers (esp. "Wallace") is at times stunning.

how the game is played by cammelltoe May 25, 2005 - 10:21 PM PDT
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7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
The best of HBO's superior crop of writerly genre excursions that i have so far had the pleasure of seeing (i.e. Deadwood, The Sopranos) The Wire succeeds on it's confident sense of place, character, and the inevitableness of plot mechanics while also excelling in downplaying any type of easy moralizing (always a downfall in cop shows). basically, you'll believe this shit. also notable for the inclusion of racial and sexual "minorities" in major 3-d roles without blowing any big liberal trumpet about it. 2nd season drops the ball a bit but is just as engrossing. Highly Recommended!!!

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