The Wire

The BEST episodes of The Wire

Every episode of The Wire ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Wire!

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.

Last Updated: 5/26/2022Network: HBO
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-30-
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8.65
2728 votes

#1 - -30-

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/9/2008

McNulty and Freamon face the consequences of their actions, while Carcetti tries to save face.

Directors: Clark Johnson
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Final Grades
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8.44
2736 votes

#2 - Final Grades

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/10/2006

Namond, Randy and Dukie adjust to new realities; Michael is promoted; Omar makes Prop Joe an offer.

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Middle Ground
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8.34
3110 votes

#3 - Middle Ground

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/12/2004

The wire begins to yield info about the Barksdale organization, though links to the top are elusive.

Directors: Joe Chappelle
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Mission Accomplished
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8.34
3113 votes

#4 - Mission Accomplished

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/19/2004

A reticent Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo.

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The Cost
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8.26
3707 votes

#5 - The Cost

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/11/2002

With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels must figure out what to do with him in the time before he testifies.

Directors: Brad Anderson
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Sentencing
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8.24
3672 votes

#6 - Sentencing

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/8/2002

Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority to crack the case.

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Late Editions
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8.22
2641 votes

#7 - Late Editions

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/2/2008

Freamon's hard work pays off with a promising lead, though McNulty isn't in the mood to celebrate.

Directors: Joe Chappelle
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That's Got His Own
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8.19
2802 votes

#8 - That's Got His Own

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/3/2006

Freamon seeks help in City Hall; Bubbles gets desperate; Michael rejects his past; Omar strikes again.

Directors: Joe Chappelle
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The Hunt
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8.15
3833 votes

#9 - The Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/18/2002

Burrell orders Daniels to hit dealers for results that will impress the media. Meanwhile, Greggs is in the ICU.

Directors: Steve Shill
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Port in a Storm
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8.14
3034 votes

#10 - Port in a Storm

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/24/2003

The Detail suffers a setback, while Russell and Bunk revisit Philly to look for evidence.

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A New Day
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8.13
2719 votes

#11 - A New Day

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/26/2006

Carcetti faces a dilemma; Randy gets the cold shoulder; Omar makes a power play; Freamon has a revelation.

Directors: Brad Anderson
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Bad Dreams
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8.11
3059 votes

#12 - Bad Dreams

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/17/2003

With the clock ticking, the Detail makes a desperate move. Daniels reams out Landsman for dropping the ball.

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Not for Attribution
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8.07
2769 votes

#13 - Not for Attribution

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/2008

Carcetti's police plans are leaked to the press; Marlo cleans up his cash.

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Transitions
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8.07
2693 votes

#14 - Transitions

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/27/2008

The police brass changes; McNulty and Freamon look for bodies; Prop Joe pays his last respects.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Clarifications
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8.05
2664 votes

#15 - Clarifications

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/24/2008

Bunk returns a McNulty favor; Carcetti is forced to make deals; Hayes asks Templeton about his sources.

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Game Day
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8.04
3690 votes

#16 - Game Day

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/4/2002

Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival.

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React Quotes
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8.03
2556 votes

#17 - React Quotes

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/3/2008

Marlo's new alliance gives Freamon and McNulty a fresh lead; the press turns to a breaking story.

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Cleaning Up
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8.01
3921 votes

#18 - Cleaning Up

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/1/2002

With the detail's future hanging in the balance, Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies.

Directors: Clement Virgo
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Moral Midgetry
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7.98
3396 votes

#19 - Moral Midgetry

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/2004

With Amsterdam running full-tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves.

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Slapstick
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7.95
2979 votes

#20 - Slapstick

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/21/2004

Responding to an officer's call for help, McNulty and Prez turn down the wrong alley, with unexpected results.

Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
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Took
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7.92
2583 votes

#21 - Took

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/17/2008

An unexpected call puts Templeton and the paper back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty unwanted extra attention.

Directors: Dominic West
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Stray Rounds
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7.92
3137 votes

#22 - Stray Rounds

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/3/2003

Bodie's effort to improve sales ends disastrously, forcing Bell to rethink his strategy.

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Back Burners
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7.92
3009 votes

#23 - Back Burners

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/7/2004

Herc discovers a blast from the past, which he belatedly reveals to his ex-colleagues.

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Lessons
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7.91
3903 votes

#24 - Lessons

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/28/2002

An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of Stringer Bell's car. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' reputation.

Directors: Gloria Muzio
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Margin of Error
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7.91
2852 votes

#25 - Margin of Error

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/15/2006

Carcetti responds to a campaign smear; Randy makes a startling revelation; Marlo proves elusive.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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