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]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4Discs
113June 2, 2002September 8, 2002October 12, 2004April 18, 2005May 11, 20055
212June 1, 2003August 24, 2003January 25, 2005October 10, 2005May 3, 2006
312September 19, 2004December 19, 2004August 8, 2006February 5, 2007August 13, 2008
413September 10, 2006December 10, 2006December 4, 2007March 10, 2008August 13, 20084
510January 6, 2008March 9, 2008August 12, 2008September 22, 2008February 3, 2010

Seasons[edit]

Season 1 (2002)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 1)
No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleStory byTeleplay byDirected byOriginal air date
11"The Target"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonClark JohnsonJune 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)
22"The Detail"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonClark JohnsonJune 9, 2002 (2002-06-09)
33"The Buys"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonPeter MedakJune 16, 2002 (2002-06-16)
44"Old Cases"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonClement VirgoJune 23, 2002 (2002-06-23)
55"The Pager"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsClark JohnsonJune 30, 2002 (2002-06-30)
66"The Wire"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonEd BianchiJuly 7, 2002 (2002-07-07)
77"One Arrest"David Simon & Ed BurnsRafael AlvarezJoe ChappelleJuly 21, 2002 (2002-07-21)
88"Lessons"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonGloria MuzioJuly 28, 2002 (2002-07-28)
99"Game Day"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid H. Melnick & Shamit ChokseyMilčo MančevskiAugust 4, 2002 (2002-08-04)
1010"The Cost"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonBrad AndersonAugust 11, 2002 (2002-08-11)
1111"The Hunt"David Simon & Ed BurnsJoy LuscoSteve ShillAugust 18, 2002 (2002-08-18)
1212"Cleaning Up"David Simon & Ed BurnsGeorge PelecanosClement VirgoSeptember 1, 2002 (2002-09-01)
1313"Sentencing"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid Simon & Ed BurnsTim Van PattenSeptember 8, 2002 (2002-09-08)

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 2)
No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleStory byTeleplay byDirected byOriginal air date
141"Ebb Tide"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonEd BianchiJune 1, 2003 (2003-06-01)
152"Collateral Damage"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonEd BianchiJune 8, 2003 (2003-06-08)
163"Hot Shots"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonElodie KeeneJune 15, 2003 (2003-06-15)
174"Hard Cases"David Simon & Joy LuscoJoy LuscoElodie KeeneJune 22, 2003 (2003-06-22)
185"Undertow"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsSteve ShillJune 29, 2003 (2003-06-29)
196"All Prologue"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonSteve ShillJuly 6, 2003 (2003-07-06)
207"Backwash"David Simon & Rafael AlvarezRafael AlvarezThomas J. WrightJuly 13, 2003 (2003-07-13)
218"Duck and Cover"David Simon & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosDan AttiasJuly 27, 2003 (2003-07-27)
229"Stray Rounds"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonTim Van PattenAugust 3, 2003 (2003-08-03)
2310"Storm Warnings"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsRob BaileyAugust 10, 2003 (2003-08-10)
2411"Bad Dreams"David Simon & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosErnest DickersonAugust 17, 2003 (2003-08-17)
2512"Port in a Storm"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonRobert F. ColesberryAugust 24, 2003 (2003-08-24)

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 3)
No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleStory byTeleplay byDirected byOriginal air date
261"Time After Time"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonEd BianchiSeptember 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)
272"All Due Respect"David Simon & Richard PriceRichard PriceSteve ShillSeptember 26, 2004 (2004-09-26)
283"Dead Soldiers"David Simon & Dennis LehaneDennis LehaneRob BaileyOctober 3, 2004 (2004-10-03)
294"Hamsterdam"David Simon & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosErnest DickersonOctober 10, 2004 (2004-10-10)
305"Straight and True"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsDan AttiasOctober 17, 2004 (2004-10-17)
316"Homecoming"David Simon & Rafael AlvarezRafael AlvarezLeslie LibmanOctober 31, 2004 (2004-10-31)
327"Back Burners"David Simon & Joy LuscoJoy LuscoTim Van PattenNovember 7, 2004 (2004-11-07)
338"Moral Midgetry"David Simon & Richard PriceRichard PriceAgnieszka HollandNovember 14, 2004 (2004-11-14)
349"Slapstick"David Simon & George PelecanosDavid SimonAlex ZakrzewskiNovember 21, 2004 (2004-11-21)
3510"Reformation"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsChristine MooreNovember 28, 2004 (2004-11-28)
3611"Middle Ground"David Simon & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosJoe ChappelleDecember 12, 2004 (2004-12-12)
3712"Mission Accomplished"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonErnest DickersonDecember 19, 2004 (2004-12-19)

Season 4 (2006)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 4)
No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleStory byTeleplay byDirected byOriginal air date
381"Boys of Summer"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonJoe ChappelleSeptember 10, 2006 (2006-09-10)
392"Soft Eyes"Ed Burns & David MillsDavid MillsChristine MooreSeptember 17, 2006 (2006-09-17)
403"Home Rooms"Ed Burns & Richard PriceRichard PriceSeith MannSeptember 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)
414"Refugees"Ed Burns & Dennis LehaneDennis LehaneJim McKayOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
425"Alliances"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsDavid PlattOctober 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)
436"Margin of Error"Ed Burns & Eric OvermyerEric OvermyerDan AttiasOctober 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)
447"Unto Others"Ed Burns & William F. ZorziWilliam F. ZorziAnthony HemingwayOctober 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)
458"Corner Boys"Ed Burns & Richard PriceRichard PriceAgnieszka HollandNovember 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)
469"Know Your Place"Ed Burns & Kia CorthronKia CorthronAlex ZakrzewskiNovember 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)
4710"Misgivings"Ed Burns & Eric OvermyerEd BurnsErnest DickersonNovember 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
4811"A New Day"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsBrad AndersonNovember 26, 2006 (2006-11-26)
4912"That's Got His Own"Ed Burns & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosJoe ChappelleDecember 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)
5013"Final Grades"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonErnest DickersonDecember 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)

Season 5 (2008)[edit]

Main article: The Wire (season 5)
No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleStory byTeleplay byDirected byOriginal air date
511"More with Less"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonJoe ChappelleJanuary 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)
522"Unconfirmed Reports"David Simon & William F. ZorziWilliam F. ZorziErnest DickersonJanuary 13, 2008 (2008-01-13)
533"Not for Attribution"David Simon & Chris CollinsChris CollinsScott Kecken & Joy KeckenJanuary 20, 2008 (2008-01-20)
544"Transitions"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsDan AttiasJanuary 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)
555"React Quotes"David Simon & David MillsDavid MillsAgnieszka HollandFebruary 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
566"The Dickensian Aspect"David Simon & Ed BurnsEd BurnsSeith MannFebruary 10, 2008 (2008-02-10)
577"Took"David Simon & Richard PriceRichard PriceDominic WestFebruary 17, 2008 (2008-02-17)
588"Clarifications"David Simon & Dennis LehaneDennis LehaneAnthony HemingwayFebruary 24, 2008 (2008-02-24)
599"Late Editions"David Simon & George PelecanosGeorge PelecanosJoe ChappelleMarch 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)
6010"–30–"David Simon & Ed BurnsDavid SimonClark JohnsonMarch 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.

References[edit]

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