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 expands its focus 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
First aired Last aired
1 13 June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02) September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)
2 12 June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01) August 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)
3 12 September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19) December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)
4 13 September 10, 2006 (2006-09-10) December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)
5 10 January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "The Target" Clark Johnson Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02) 3.70[1]
2 2 "The Detail" Clark Johnson Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 9, 2002 (2002-06-09) 2.80[2]
3 3 "The Buys" Peter Medak Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) N/A
4 4 "Old Cases" Clement Virgo Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 23, 2002 (2002-06-23) N/A
5 5 "The Pager" Clark Johnson Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Ed Burns
June 30, 2002 (2002-06-30) 2.97[3]
6 6 "The Wire" Ed Bianchi Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
July 7, 2002 (2002-07-07) 2.98[4]
7 7 "One Arrest" Joe Chappelle Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Rafael Alvarez
July 21, 2002 (2002-07-21) 4.12[5]
8 8 "Lessons" Gloria Muzio Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28) 3.31[6]
9 9 "Game Day" Milčo Mančevski Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David H. Melnick & Shamit Choksey
August 4, 2002 (2002-08-04) 3.42[7]
10 10 "The Cost" Brad Anderson Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
August 11, 2002 (2002-08-11) 4.15[8]
11 11 "The Hunt" Steve Shill Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Joy Lusco
August 18, 2002 (2002-08-18) 3.43[9]
12 12 "Cleaning Up" Clement Virgo Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : George Pelecanos
September 1, 2002 (2002-09-01) 3.66[10]
13 13 "Sentencing" Tim Van Patten David Simon & Ed Burns September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08) 3.77[11]

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
14 1 "Ebb Tide" Ed Bianchi Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01) 4.43[12]
15 2 "Collateral Damage" Ed Bianchi Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 8, 2003 (2003-06-08) 3.50[13]
16 3 "Hot Shots" Elodie Keene Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
June 15, 2003 (2003-06-15) 2.64[14]
17 4 "Hard Cases" Elodie Keene Story by : David Simon & Joy Lusco
Teleplay by : Joy Lusco
June 22, 2003 (2003-06-22) 4.33[15]
18 5 "Undertow" Steve Shill Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Ed Burns
June 29, 2003 (2003-06-29) 3.62[16]
19 6 "All Prologue" Steve Shill Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
July 6, 2003 (2003-07-06) 4.11[17]
20 7 "Backwash" Thomas J. Wright Story by : David Simon & Rafael Alvarez
Teleplay by : Rafael Alvarez
July 13, 2003 (2003-07-13) N/A
21 8 "Duck and Cover" Dan Attias Story by : David Simon & George Pelecanos
Teleplay by : George Pelecanos
July 27, 2003 (2003-07-27) 3.64[18]
22 9 "Stray Rounds" Tim Van Patten Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
August 3, 2003 (2003-08-03) 3.04[19]
23 10 "Storm Warnings" Rob Bailey Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Ed Burns
August 10, 2003 (2003-08-10) 3.51[20]
24 11 "Bad Dreams" Ernest Dickerson Story by : David Simon & George Pelecanos
Teleplay by : George Pelecanos
August 17, 2003 (2003-08-17) 3.70[21]
25 12 "Port in a Storm" Robert F. Colesberry Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
August 24, 2003 (2003-08-24) 4.48[22]

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

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

Season 4 (2006)[edit]

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

Season 5 (2008)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
51 1 "More with Less" Joe Chappelle Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 1.23[23]
52 2 "Unconfirmed Reports" Ernest Dickerson Story by : David Simon & William F. Zorzi
Teleplay by : William F. Zorzi
January 13, 2008 (2008-01-13) 1.19[24]
53 3 "Not for Attribution" Scott Kecken & Joy Kecken Story by : David Simon & Chris Collins
Teleplay by : Chris Collins
January 20, 2008 (2008-01-20) 0.85[25]
54 4 "Transitions" Dan Attias Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Ed Burns
January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27) 1.28[26]
55 5 "React Quotes" Agnieszka Holland Story by : David Simon & David Mills
Teleplay by : David Mills
February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03) N/A
56 6 "The Dickensian Aspect" Seith Mann Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : Ed Burns
February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10) 0.74[27]
57 7 "Took" Dominic West Story by : David Simon & Richard Price
Teleplay by : Richard Price
February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17) 0.57[28]
58 8 "Clarifications" Anthony Hemingway Story by : David Simon & Dennis Lehane
Teleplay by : Dennis Lehane
February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24) N/A
59 9 "Late Editions" Joe Chappelle Story by : David Simon & George Pelecanos
Teleplay by : George Pelecanos
March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02) 0.71[29]
60 10 "–30–" Clark Johnson Story by : David Simon & Ed Burns
Teleplay by : David Simon
March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09) 1.10[30]

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"

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