List of The Wire episodes

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The Wire, a television drama series created by David Simon, premiered on June 2, 2002 on HBO in the United States and ended on March 9, 2008. 60 episodes aired over the show's five seasons, plus three additional prequel shorts. Each episode has a running time of 55-60 minutes.

The Wire is set in Baltimore, Maryland; each season of the series focuses on a different part of the city. The show features a large ensemble cast; many characters are only featured prominently in a single season. A group of characters, mainly in the Baltimore Police Department, appear in every season.

The show is available on DVD in Region 1, 2 and 4.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 13 June 2, 2002 September 8, 2002 October 12, 2004 April 18, 2005 May 11, 2005 5
2 12 June 1, 2003 August 24, 2003 January 25, 2005 October 10, 2005 May 3, 2006
3 12 September 19, 2004 December 19, 2004 August 8, 2006 February 5, 2007 August 13, 2008
4 13 September 10, 2006 December 10, 2006 December 4, 2007 March 10, 2008 August 13, 2008 4
5 10 January 6, 2008 March 9, 2008 August 12, 2008 September 22, 2008 February 3, 2010

Seasons[edit]

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
1 1 "The Target" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)
2 2 "The Detail" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson June 9, 2002 (2002-06-09)
3 3 "The Buys" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Peter Medak June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16)
4 4 "Old Cases" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clement Virgo June 23, 2002 (2002-06-23)
5 5 "The Pager" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Clark Johnson June 30, 2002 (2002-06-30)
6 6 "The Wire" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi July 7, 2002 (2002-07-07)
7 7 "One Arrest" David Simon & Ed Burns Rafael Alvarez Joe Chappelle July 21, 2002 (2002-07-21)
8 8 "Lessons" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Gloria Muzio July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28)
9 9 "Game Day" David Simon & Ed Burns David H. Melnick & Shamit Choksey Milčo Mančevski August 4, 2002 (2002-08-04)
10 10 "The Cost" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Brad Anderson August 11, 2002 (2002-08-11)
11 11 "The Hunt" David Simon & Ed Burns Joy Lusco Steve Shill August 18, 2002 (2002-08-18)
12 12 "Cleaning Up" David Simon & Ed Burns George Pelecanos Clement Virgo September 1, 2002 (2002-09-01)
13 13 "Sentencing" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon & Ed Burns Tim Van Patten September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
14 1 "Ebb Tide" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01)
15 2 "Collateral Damage" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi June 8, 2003 (2003-06-08)
16 3 "Hot Shots" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Elodie Keene June 15, 2003 (2003-06-15)
17 4 "Hard Cases" David Simon & Joy Lusco Joy Lusco Elodie Keene June 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)
18 5 "Undertow" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Steve Shill June 29, 2003 (2003-06-29)
19 6 "All Prologue" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Steve Shill July 6, 2003 (2003-07-06)
20 7 "Backwash" David Simon & Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez Thomas J. Wright July 13, 2003 (2003-07-13)
21 8 "Duck and Cover" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Dan Attias July 27, 2003 (2003-07-27)
22 9 "Stray Rounds" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Tim Van Patten August 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)
23 10 "Storm Warnings" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Rob Bailey August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
24 11 "Bad Dreams" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Ernest Dickerson August 17, 2003 (2003-08-17)
25 12 "Port in a Storm" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Robert F. Colesberry August 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
26 1 "Time After Time" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ed Bianchi September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)
27 2 "All Due Respect" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Steve Shill September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
28 3 "Dead Soldiers" David Simon & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Rob Bailey October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)
29 4 "Hamsterdam" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Ernest Dickerson October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)
30 5 "Straight and True" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Dan Attias October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)
31 6 "Homecoming" David Simon & Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez Leslie Libman October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31)
32 7 "Back Burners" David Simon & Joy Lusco Joy Lusco Tim Van Patten November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)
33 8 "Moral Midgetry" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Agnieszka Holland November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14)
34 9 "Slapstick" David Simon & George Pelecanos David Simon Alex Zakrzewski November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21)
35 10 "Reformation" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Christine Moore November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
36 11 "Middle Ground" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle December 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)
37 12 "Mission Accomplished" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ernest Dickerson December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)

Season 4 (2006)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
38 1 "Boys of Summer" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Joe Chappelle September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
39 2 "Soft Eyes" Ed Burns & David Mills David Mills Christine Moore September 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
40 3 "Home Rooms" Ed Burns & Richard Price Richard Price Seith Mann September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
41 4 "Refugees" Ed Burns & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Jim McKay October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
42 5 "Alliances" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns David Platt October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
43 6 "Margin of Error" Ed Burns & Eric Overmyer Eric Overmyer Dan Attias October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
44 7 "Unto Others" Ed Burns & William F. Zorzi William F. Zorzi Anthony Hemingway October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
45 8 "Corner Boys" Ed Burns & Richard Price Richard Price Agnieszka Holland November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
46 9 "Know Your Place" Ed Burns & Kia Corthron Kia Corthron Alex Zakrzewski November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
47 10 "Misgivings" Ed Burns & Eric Overmyer Ed Burns Ernest Dickerson November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
48 11 "A New Day" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Brad Anderson November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
49 12 "That's Got His Own" Ed Burns & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
50 13 "Final Grades" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Ernest Dickerson December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)

Season 5 (2008)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Story by Teleplay by Directed by Original air date
51 1 "More with Less" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Joe Chappelle January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)
52 2 "Unconfirmed Reports" David Simon & William F. Zorzi William F. Zorzi Ernest Dickerson January 13, 2008 (2008-01-13)
53 3 "Not for Attribution" David Simon & Chris Collins Chris Collins Scott Kecken & Joy Kecken January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)
54 4 "Transitions" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Dan Attias January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)
55 5 "React Quotes" David Simon & David Mills David Mills Agnieszka Holland February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
56 6 "The Dickensian Aspect" David Simon & Ed Burns Ed Burns Seith Mann February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10)
57 7 "Took" David Simon & Richard Price Richard Price Dominic West February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17)
58 8 "Clarifications" David Simon & Dennis Lehane Dennis Lehane Anthony Hemingway February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24)
59 9 "Late Editions" David Simon & George Pelecanos George Pelecanos Joe Chappelle March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)
60 10 "–30–" David Simon & Ed Burns David Simon Clark Johnson March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

Prequel shorts[edit]

Three short film vignettes set prior to the series events were filmed during the fifth season's production. They were made available via HBO On Demand during broadcast of the final season, and included as extras on the complete series DVD box set.

  • "When Bunk Met McNulty"
  • "Young Omar"
  • "Young Prop Joe"

References[edit]

External links[edit]