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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 2, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 301 Ratings

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  • Summary: The crime drama returns in its final season with the hot seat applied at creator David Simon's previous occupation (journalist).
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The fifth and final season of David Simon's peerlessly acted, stunningly scripted, revolutionary drama of 1,000 moving parts kicks off Jan. 6.
  2. 100
    This new 10-episode season boasts the same high quality of production that this series has always exhibited.
  3. 90
    Every single scene of The Wire is meticulously scripted and dramatically riveting.
  4. While I'm thrilled to have something as deep and juicy as The Wire back after so long a break between seasons, I'm afraid that the show's very best years may be behind it.
  5. 88
    It's really quite good and oddly entertaining, as cynical as it is.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    80
    Despite occasionally expressing Simon's concerns about journalism too pedantically, The Wire continues to deserve its accolades as the most remarkable drama series in television history.
  7. 70
    While the police story line has never been stronger, the first seven episodes made available for preview contain nothing that matches the emotional power and sociological insight of the show at its best--namely the classroom scenes from Season 4.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 70
  2. Negative: 2 out of 70
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jan 28, 2008
    10
    Funny that the Baltimore Sun, which is trashed in this season, gives it the lowest score of all.
  2. AkinA.
    Jan 7, 2008
    10
    Greatest show in TV history.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    10
    Since most said that it was the weakest season, I lowered my standards. And while I was within that mindset, I saw the concluding season.Since most said that it was the weakest season, I lowered my standards. And while I was within that mindset, I saw the concluding season. Just marvelous. These characters will be sorely missed. Expand
  4. MilanD.
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    This last season of the wire isn't as good as the previous four but it is still the best cop "shoot em up" shows on tv.
  5. Dec 7, 2013
    10
    Best show EVER. So upset that it's finished, but they ended it very well. I'm going to miss these characters so much, especially bubs andBest show EVER. So upset that it's finished, but they ended it very well. I'm going to miss these characters so much, especially bubs and omar. Bubs' story really touched me, he was definitely one of my favorite characters. Expand
  6. briank
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    This is the best show on TV PERIOD Nothing comes close, the Emmy's should be ashamed on themselves for snubbing this show. It crushes This is the best show on TV PERIOD Nothing comes close, the Emmy's should be ashamed on themselves for snubbing this show. It crushes every other show on TV even Sopranos because unlike the Sopranos the Wire gets better with each season NOT WORSE! Season 4 was the best and no doubt season 5 will deliver too, so far it is great! Expand
  7. Aaron
    May 26, 2009
    2
    It was the worst season EVER season four was much better.

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