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Watch The Wire On HBO Max – The streets of Baltimore as a microcosm of the US’s war on drugs, and of US urban decay in general.
Seen not only through the eyes of a few Baltimore policemen and drug gang members but also the people who influence and inhabit their world – politicians, the media, drug addicts and everyday citizens.
Exactly 10 years after its final episode aired, The Wire is established as one of the greatest shows in the history of US television – some would say the greatest.
But, while shows such as The Sopranos and Mad Men launched with loud fanfares and walked paths strewn with accolades, strong ratings and Emmy awards, The Wire’s route to the pantheon was a long slog
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This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users.
Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media.
The show was created by former police reporter David Simon, who also wrote many of the episodes.
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Baltimore Det. Jimmy McNulty finds himself in hot water with his superior Major William Rawls after a drug dealer, D’Angelo Barksdale who is charged with three murders, is acquitted.
McNulty knows the judge in question and although it’s not his case, he’s called into chambers to explain what happened.
Obviously key witnesses recanted their police statements on the stand but McNulty doesn’t underplay Barksdale’s role in at least 7 other murders.
When the judge’s raises his concerns at the senior levels of the police department, they have a new investigation on their hands.
Lt. Cedric Daniels is put in charge with Kima Greggs as the lead detective.
As for Barksdale, he finds himself demoted to a low-level dealer after his arrest and he obviously has to prove himself yet again.
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Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he’s asked includes several less than stellar officers.
It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse.
When one of the witnesses against D’Angelo Barksdale is found dead, McNulty and his homicide partner ‘Bunk’ Moreland bring him in for questioning.
They have no evidence that he had anything to do with the killing but their instincts tell them otherwise.
When news of the witnesses death hits the press, Major Rawls is convinced that McNulty is again responsible.
Three of the newly assigned detectives, Hec, Prez and Carver decide to go to the towers and flex a little muscle only to have it turn into a major disaster.
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After two weeks on the job, the team still doesn’t have a photo of their principal target, Avon Barksdale. Freamon has a solution when he hears Avon was a Gold Gloves boxer.
In the aftermath of the near riot at the towers, Lt. Daniels stands by his men even though he thinks they were stupid to do what they did.
He’s ordered to lead a raid on the low-rise units in the projects but McNulty rebels and refuses to participate in a raid that’s just being put up for show.
Dissatisfied with the antiquated equipment they have to work with, McNulty asks his friend at the FBI to lend them listening devices.
His friend also has some information for him about Lt. Daniels. D’Angelo isn’t around when a gang led by someone called Omar robs his stash.
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Bodie walks out of detention pretending to be a janitor but Patty is recovering in hospital and is pleased that his injuries will result in a medical pension.
Avon Barksdale puts a contract out on Omar and others who robbed him.
He wants to make sure everyone on the street knows he’s not to be messed with.
Judge Phelan keeps the pressure on and Daniels recommends to the Deputy that they need a wire.
McNulty suggests they get a warrant to clone the pagers the drug runners use.
Det. Fremon is one step ahead of everyone having already found D’Angelo Barksdale’s pager number.
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After fleeing town, Zenzi encounters new revelations and perilous obstacles.
Avon Barksdale is becoming paranoid and thinks he’s being watched.
He’s also worried his phone is being tapped.
He also thinks there’s a snitch in D’Angelo’s crew and he’s told not to pay anyone until it’s sorted. D’Angelo isn’t too pleased when he hears Avon has given Stinkum a new territory.
Judge Phelan visits the squad to sign the warrants to clone D’Angelo Barksdale’s pager.
The numbers they’re collecting are coded and don’t make much sense.
Det. Prez Pryzbylewski figures it out however.
McNulty and Greggs try to get information from Omar.
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The story began in 1984, when Simon, then , was covering the wiretap-related arrest of a local drug lord, Melvin Williams.
Ed Burns, 14 years his senior, was the detective leading the case.
As both of them were blunt, abrasive, fiercely intelligent and morally enraged by the status quo, they became friends.
After Simon’s 1991 nonfiction masterpiece Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets became a hit NBC show, Homicide: Life on the Street, which ran for seven seasons between 1993 and 1999, both men quit their jobs.
Burns became a teacher, and the two collaborated on the 1997 book The Corner: A Year in the Life of An Inner-City Neighbourhood, which examined the futile cruelty of the war on drugs from the other end of the telescope.
The Corner became an HBO miniseries, which enabled the 40-year-old Simon to pitch The Wire to HBO’s CEO, Chris Albrecht, and entertainment division president, Carolyn Strauss, as “the anti-cop show, a rebellion of sorts against all the horseshit police procedurals afflicting American television”.