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The Wire is an American television crime drama series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.

Despite only receiving average ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics and fans as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes.

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  1. David Simon


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  1. Dominic West

    Dominic West

    Jimmy McNulty

  2. Lance Reddick

    Lance Reddick

    Cedric Daniels

  3. Sonja Sohn

    Sonja Sohn

    Kima Greggs

  4. Wendell Pierce

    Wendell Pierce

    Bunk Moreland

  5. Clarke Peters

    Clarke Peters

    Lester Freamon

  6. Michael Kenneth Williams

    Michael Kenneth Williams

    Omar Little

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Status Ended

Network HBO

Certification TV-MA

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

Homepage http://www.hbo.com/the-wire



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The Wire

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Season 5

2008 | 10 Episodes

In the projects. On the docks. In City Hall. In the schools. And now, in the media. The places and faces change, but the game remains the same. In the fifth — and final — season, the series expands its focus into the media — specifically the role of newspapers in big-city bureaucracy — as it follows a newspaper staff as they struggle to maintain integrity and meet deadlines in the face of budget cuts and staff reductions.

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