The BEST Episodes of The Wire
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021
Follows one single drug and homicide investigation throughout the length of an entire season. Centered on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore, the series' storyline unfolds from the points of view of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down.
#1 - -30-
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 9, 2008
McNulty and Freamon face the consequences of their actions, while Carcetti tries to save face.
#2 - Final Grades
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 10, 2006
Namond, Randy and Dukie adjust to new realities; Michael is promoted; Omar makes Prop Joe an offer.
#3 - Middle Ground
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 2004
The wire begins to yield info about the Barksdale organization, though links to the top are elusive.
#4 - Mission Accomplished
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 2004
A reticent Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo.
#5 - The Cost
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2002
With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels must figure out what to do with him in the time before he testifies.
#6 - Sentencing
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 8, 2002
Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority to crack the case.
#7 - Late Editions
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 2, 2008
Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, though McNulty isn't in the mood to celebrate.
#8 - That's Got His Own
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 3, 2006
Freamon seeks help in City Hall; Bubbles gets desperate; Michael rejects his past; Omar strikes again.
#9 - The Hunt
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 18, 2002
Burrell orders Daniels to hit dealers for results that will impress the media. Meanwhile, Greggs is in the ICU.
#10 - Port in a Storm
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 24, 2003
The Detail suffers a setback, while Russell and Bunk revisit Philly to look for evidence.
#11 - A New Day
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 26, 2006
Carcetti faces a dilemma; Randy gets the cold shoulder; Omar makes a power play; Freamon has a revelation.
#12 - Bad Dreams
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 17, 2003
With the clock ticking, the Detail makes a desperate move. Daniels reams out Landsman for dropping the ball.
#14 - Transitions
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 2008
The police brass changes; McNulty and Freamon look for bodies; Prop Joe pays his last respects.
#15 - Clarifications
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 24, 2008
Bunk returns a McNulty favor; Carcetti is forced to make deals; Hayes asks Templeton about his sources.
#16 - Game Day
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 4, 2002
Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival.
#17 - React Quotes
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 3, 2008
Marlo's new alliance gives Freamon and McNulty a fresh lead; the press turns to a breaking story.
#18 - Cleaning Up
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 1, 2002
With the detail's future hanging in the balance, Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies.
#19 - Moral Midgetry
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2004
With Amsterdam running full-tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves.
#20 - Slapstick
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2004
Responding to an officer's call for help, McNulty and Prez turn down the wrong alley, with unexpected results.
#21 - Took
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 17, 2008
An unexpected call puts Templeton and the paper back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty unwanted extra attention.
#22 - Stray Rounds
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 3, 2003
Bodie's effort to improve sales ends disastrously, forcing Bell to rethink his strategy.
#23 - Lessons
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2002
An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of Stringer Bell's car. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' reputation.
#24 - Back Burners
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 2004
Herc discovers a blast from the past, which he belatedly reveals to his ex-colleagues.
#25 - Margin of Error
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 2006
Carcetti responds to a campaign smear; Randy makes a startling revelation; Marlo proves elusive.