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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 2, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 385 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

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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: 70 out of 76
  2. Negative: 3 out of 76
  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. 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
  3. LesleyW.
    Mar 5, 2008
    10
    Bar none, the best show on TV - ever!
  4. May 28, 2015
    10
    The Wire is the best series I've come across. Breaking Bad gets close, but The Wire still wins out.
    I can not believe how underrated it was
    The Wire is the best series I've come across. Breaking Bad gets close, but The Wire still wins out.
    I can not believe how underrated it was back when it first came out!
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  5. EricS.
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    I was born and raised in Baltimore and taught in the Baltimore school system. These first-hand experiences only heighten my respect for this I was born and raised in Baltimore and taught in the Baltimore school system. These first-hand experiences only heighten my respect for this series. While the stories are fictional, the depiction of them is truth. As television struggles to find its future, this series come closer than any other to realizing its potential. Expand
  6. May 11, 2013
    9
    The Wire peaks in season four, which is flawless, and then it takes a slight dip in its fifth and final season. Don't get me wrong. ThisThe Wire peaks in season four, which is flawless, and then it takes a slight dip in its fifth and final season. Don't get me wrong. This season is still better than almost anything else on television, but there are some unbelievable plot twists, and it feels more rushed than previous seasons. Still amazing, but not perfect. Expand
  7. Aaron
    May 26, 2009
    2
    It was the worst season EVER season four was much better.

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