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The Wire Season 1

The Wire Season 1


The Wire season 1 follows an intensive investigation of drug trafficking and murders in Baltimore, which leads to a complex series of dangerous wiretapping and surveillance. The drug-abuse streets of West Baltimore are packed with various people, including good and bad guys with different intentions, so do not differentiate them by a badge simply.

air date

June. 02,2002

production companies

Blown Deadline Productions, Anthony Hemingway Productions

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The Wire Season 1 Episode Guide

The Target

S1 E1 The Target

Jun. 02,2002

'... when it's not your turn.' - McNulty. Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation in Franklin Terrace. Meanwhile, Avon's nephew D'Angelo is fresh off beating a murder rap, but he finds himself demoted upon his return to the gang.

The Detail

S1 E2 The Detail

Jun. 09,2002

'You cannot lose if you do not play.' - Marla Daniels. McNulty feels the heat when a witness who testified against D'Angelo is found murdered. Meanwhile, Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players, and Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers.

The Buys

S1 E3 The Buys

Jun. 16,2002

"The king stay the king." - D'Angelo. The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez result in a minor riot, a boy losing an eye and some bad publicity for the department. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game (chess) and later impresses Bell with his 'take' from the low-rises.

Old Cases

S1 E4 Old Cases

Jun. 23,2002

"It's a thin line 'tween heaven and here." - Bubbles. Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant as arraignment begins for those caught in the raid. Barksdale places a bounty on the head of rival gang leader Omar. Meanwhile, McNulty takes Bubbles on a cultural field trip, and Herc and Carver try to track down Bodie.

The Pager

S1 E5 The Pager

Jun. 30,2002

"..a little slow, a little late." - Avon Barksdale. McNulty's detail finally gets 'clone' pagers to track Barksdale and his gang, but nobody can crack the codes used by the callers. Meanwhile, Bell instructs D'Angelo on how to school his lookouts while simultaneously flushing out a possible snitch. Later, Carver and Herc find Bodie, but their interrogation doesn't turn up results.

The Wire

S1 E6 The Wire

Jul. 07,2002

"..and all the pieces matter." - Freamon. When Rawls looks to make a premature arrest for three murders that are linked to D'Angelo and Avon Barksdale, McNulty and Greggs must argue for a delay in order to preserve the valuable wiretap gains they have made. Meanwhile, Wallace and D'Angelo struggle with their consciences after Avon pays them blood money.

One Arrest

S1 E7 One Arrest

Jul. 21,2002

"A man must have a code." - Bunk. Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust, but the incident makes Avon and Stringer suspicious, leading them to close shop in the Pit. Meanwhile, Bunk and McNulty look for another witness in the Gant slaying and hunt a suspect known as 'Mr. Bird.'


S1 E8 Lessons

Jul. 28,2002

"Come at the king, you best not miss." - Omar. An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of a car driven by Stringer Bell. Meanwhile, Greggs and Carver bust a congressional aide carrying dirty cash, but are forced to let him go. Omar earns his 'loose cannon' moniker.

Game Day

S1 E9 Game Day

Aug. 04,2002

"Maybe we won." - Herc. Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival. Meanwhile, Herc and Carver take some cash off of Wee-Bey's hands, and Omar resurfaces with a bang.

The Cost

S1 E10 The Cost

Aug. 11,2002

"And then he dropped the bracelets..." - Greggs. With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.' McNulty's estranged wife Elena takes desperate measures after learning that he had their kids follow Stringer Bell.

The Hunt

S1 E11 The Hunt

Aug. 18,2002

"Dope on the damn table." - Daniels. The police turn up the heat on tracking down Savino, Wee-Bey and Little Man. Burrell orders Daniels to hit drug dealers for results that will impress the press. Barksdale sees his ranks thinning after the hit on Orlando. Bubbles tries to stay sober while scoping out the projects for McNulty; and Freamon determines there's a rat in the detail.

Cleaning Up

S1 E12 Cleaning Up

Sep. 01,2002

"This is me, yo, right here." - Wallace. The low-rise pay phones are out of service, so McNulty and Daniels try to keep pace by tapping Barksdale's office. Bodie gets new responsibilities from Stringer; Freamon gives Shardene a 'new look'; and D'Angelo goes to NYC on an errand for his uncle. With the detail's future hanging in the balance, Daniels faces off against Burrell and his political allies.


S1 E13 Sentencing

Sep. 08,2002

"all in the game..." - Traditional West Baltimore. Every crew has weak links--including Avon Barksdale's. With the heat turned up in the high-rises, Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority in an effort to crack the case wide open. Season finale.

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Cast of The Wire Season 1

Dominic West

Jimmy McNulty

Lance Reddick

Cedric Daniels

Sonja Sohn

Kima Greggs

Wendell Pierce

Bunk Moreland

Michael Kenneth Williams

Omar Little

Deirdre Lovejoy

Rhonda Pearlman

J.D. Williams

Bodie Broadus

Jamie Hector

Marlo Stanfield

Aidan Gillen

Tommy Carcetti

Andre Royo