Is the Wire on Netflix?

Is the Wire on Netflix?

Published on November 16, 2022 14:09 PM by Andrew Koschiev

The Wire is considered the best Crime TV show ever, where the first episode aired in 2002, and its fifth season ended in 2008. Even if it wasn't as much appreciated by the public when it first aired, the legacy it has amassed over the past ten years is quite amazing.

It has matured like a fine old wine, connecting with contemporary viewers by examining timeless ideas and crafted character arcs. David Simon, a writer, and former police reporter have largely authored the series, which aired In the United States and was produced by HBO.

The storyline of The Wire

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Detective James McNulty and his colleagues in the city of Baltimore look into crimes and make every effort to close the gap between drug traffickers and law enforcement. As it follows a squad of officers and the criminals they are chasing, the series charts the ups and downs of crime, law enforcement, politics, education, and the media in Baltimore.

Ratings:

IMDb:    9.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes:  9.4/10

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The Wire Cast Members:

Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty

John Doman as William Rawls

Idris Elba as Russell "Stringer" Bell

Frankie Faison as Ervin Burrell

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as D'Angelo Barksdale

Wood Harris as Avon Barksdale

Deirdre Lovejoy as Rhonda Pearlman

Wendell Pierce as Bunk Moreland

Lance Reddick as Cedric Daniels

Andre Royo as Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins

Sonja Sohn as Kima Greggs

Awards

The Wire was nominated for the 19th TCA Awards under the following categories;

  • Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • Outstanding New Program of the Year

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The Wire Season 1

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Detective James McNulty and his colleagues in the city of Baltimore look into crimes and make every effort to close the gap between drug traffickers and law enforcement. As it follows a squad of officers and the criminals they are chasing, the series charts the ups and downs of crime, law enforcement, politics, education, and the media in Baltimore.

Release date:   June 2, 2002

End Date:   September 8, 2002

Episodes:   13

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The Wire Season 2

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The tale continues with the drug-dealing Barksdale gang and the Baltimore Police Department that were featured in season one. It also introduces the stevedores of the Port of Baltimore and an internationally organized criminal enterprise commanded by a character only known as "The Greek."

Release Date:  June 1, 2003

End Date:   August 24, 2003

Episodes:   12

The Wire Season 3

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The show's third season was all about reform, as seen through the politics of the Baltimore City Council and the Mayor's Office, the rivalry between the Barksdale Organization and the ascendant Stanfield Organization, and the Baltimore Police Department's inquiries into each.

Release Date:  September 19, 2004

End Date:   December 19, 2004

Episodes:   12

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The Wire Season 4

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In addition to continuing to monitor the 2006 mayoral election, the growth of the Stanfield Organization in West Baltimore, and the continued efforts of the Baltimore Police Department, the fourth season concentrated on Baltimore's school system.

Release Date:  September 10, 2006

End Date:   December 10, 2006

Episodes:   13

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The Wire Season 5

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Marlo Stanfield becomes more confident due to the police investigation's withdrawal, and he orders multiple killings while attempting to contact the global drug trafficking group "The Greeks." Detective Lester Freamon is still watching Stanfield despite being given the Clay Davis corruption case to investigate.

Release Date:   January 6, 2008

End Date:   March 9, 2008

Episodes:   10

Despite the praise the program continues to get, The Wire's creator, Simon, the writer of the 2022 miniseries We Own This City, is unlikely ever to explore a resurrection or successor series. The show ended after five seasons in 2008.

Is the Wire available on Netflix?

Being an HBO production, The Wire is not available on Netflix; embrace yourself with this sad news. Though Netflix got other Crime Drama in its crime library, like,

Ozark

Mindhunter

The Sinner

But unfortunately, not The Wire, so fans of this show have to watch it only on HBO Max. It isn't easy to envision The Wire being added to Netflix anytime soon, given that it currently airs on HBO Max and Sky in the US and UK. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to check it out in another manner if you were planning to play the waiting game.

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Where is the Wire series available?

The complete show is accessible on

HBO Now

HBO Max

DirecTV

This Wire series is unavailable on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

Available on Online stores

You may also buy The Wire's quotable series from online retailers like iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, or Google Play. The Wire's cast has seldom been without a job since the conclusion of the series, which rates highly on rankings of the best TV programs ever.

The more expensive alternative is provided by Amazon Video, where seasons start at £19.99. Your Prime Video subscription does not include the series.

We hope readers will understand that the Wire is unavailable on Netflix, so either use another subscription to watch or rent/ buy the series.

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