The Wire
Season 5
2008

In a city that can no longer even recognise its problems, much less begin to solve them, police detectives attempt to bring in one last, worthy case against a violent crew of narcotics traffickers. And when bureaucratic poverty and infighting threatens that c…
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MA15+
Strong violence, drug use, coarse language and a sex scene

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In a city that can no longer even recognise its problems, much less begin to solve them, police detectives attempt to bring in one last, worthy case against a violent crew of narcotics traffickers. And when bureaucratic poverty and infighting threatens that case, one detective will risk everything, creating a fraud that will eventually entangle the city's newspaper, which is weakened by declines in circulation and advertising. With journalism itself so vulnerable and desperate, an unscrupulous, ambitious reporter will ride the story wherever it goes or wherever he wants it to go. From the streets, to the port, to the schools and the halls of government, The Wire has chronicled the tribulations of a post-industrial American city. Now, in its final season, the drama directs its last question to the media and its consumers: if anything in The Wire's depiction of urban America was genuine or important, then what is it, exactly, that occupies our attentions? What are the stories we embrace? And what are the stories we ignore? And why?

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Cast & Crew

4 Related Seasons

Running Time

662mins

Critic Reviews

  • Television Revision – The Wire: Season 5

    Reviewed by Andrew Williams

    Now, this is a story all about how… Baltimore police are locked in a fierce battle with the king of the city’s drug trade, Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector). Mayor Carcetti (Aidan Gillen) is trying to...

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Member Reviews

  • What am I going to do now that it's over?

  • It poses the hard questions and delivers every single season. Few series are this intelligent, few experiences are this enthralling, if you dont enjoy this series you dont deserve a TV. It's all in the game.

  • For all I know it might be a good series but endless ghetto slang and brutality is not my scene. In a word, depressing.

  • Quite possibly one of the best TV shows ever created.

  • Compelling drama! One of the best ever.

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