The Wire

American crime drama television series

The Wire is an American crime drama television series created by former reporter David Simon. It is set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. The series began airing on the premium cable network HBO on June 2, 2002 and ended March 9, 2008. It had 60 episodes in five seasons.

The Wire
Created byDavid Simon
Theme music composerTom Waits
Opening theme
Ending theme"The Fall" by Blake Leyh
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationsBaltimore, Maryland
Running time
  • 55–60 minutes
  • 93 minutes (series finale)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJune 2, 2002 (2002-06-02) –
March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)

The characters are divided into six groups: the law, the politicians, the street, the schools, the docks, and the paper.


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  2. Lynskey, Dorian (March 6, 2018). "The Wire, 10 years on: 'We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2019.