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
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 June 2, 2002 September 8, 2002
2 12 June 1, 2003 August 24, 2003
3 12 September 19, 2004 December 19, 2004
4 13 September 10, 2006 December 10, 2006
5 10 January 6, 2008 March 9, 2008

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

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

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

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

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

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

Season 4 (2006)[edit]

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

Season 5 (2008)[edit]

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