The Wire

The Wire

In Season One of the raw, realistic HBO drama series, a joint homicide/narcotics police detail is created to investigate a drug-dealing operation in the city of Baltimore.
In Season One of the raw, realistic HBO drama series, a joint homicide/narcotics police detail is created to investigate a drug-dealing operation in the city of Baltimore.

Season 1 (13 episodes)

  • 1. The Target

    Original air date: 06/02/2002 Runtime: 62:07 min.

    Original air date: 06/02/2002 Runtime: 62:07 min. In the pilot episode of this drama series, Baltimore homicide detective Jimmy McNulty gets into hot water and winds up assigned to a detail of narcotics outcasts charged with investigating drug lord Avon Barksdale and his powerful operation.

  • 2. The Detail

    Original air date: 06/09/2002 Runtime: 57:45 min.

    Original air date: 06/09/2002 Runtime: 57:45 min. McNulty feels the heat when a witness who testified against D'Angelo is found murdered. Meanwhile, Greggs is given the lay of the land regarding Avon Barksdale's key players, and Herc, Carver and Prez find big-time trouble at the towers.

  • 3. The Buys

    Original air date: 06/16/2002 Runtime: 55:03 min.

    Original air date: 06/16/2002 Runtime: 55:03 min. The early-morning 'field interviews' by Herc, Carver and Prez result in a minor riot, a boy losing an eye and some bad publicity. On the other side of the law, D'Angelo teaches Wallace and Bodie how to play the game (chess) and later impresses Bell.

  • 4. Old Cases

    Original air date: 06/23/2002 Runtime: 59:29 min.

    Original air date: 06/23/2002 Runtime: 59:29 min. Greggs and McNulty try to get Hardcase to turn informant as arraignment begins for those caught in the raid. Barksdale places a bounty on the head of rival gang leader Omar. Meanwhile, McNulty takes Bubbles on a cultural field trip.

  • 5. The Pager

    Original air date: 06/30/2002 Runtime: 60:01 min.

    Original air date: 06/30/2002 Runtime: 60:01 min. McNulty's detail finally gets 'clone' pagers to track Barksdale and his gang, but nobody can crack the codes used by the callers. Meanwhile, Bell instructs D'Angelo on how to school his lookouts while simultaneously flushing out a possible snitch.

  • 6. The Wire

    Original air date: 07/07/2002 Runtime: 59:19 min.

    Original air date: 07/07/2002 Runtime: 59:19 min. When Rawls looks to make a premature arrest for three murders that are linked to D'Angelo and Avon Barksdale, McNulty and Greggs must argue for a delay in order to preserve the valuable wiretap gains they have made.

  • 7. One Arrest

    Original air date: 07/21/2002 Runtime: 59:08 min.

    Original air date: 07/21/2002 Runtime: 59:08 min. Tipped off by the wire, Greggs, Herc, Carver and Freamon make a bust, but the incident makes Avon and Stringer suspicious, leading them to close shop in the Pit. Meanwhile, Bunk and McNulty look for another witness in the Gant slaying.

  • 8. Lessons

    Original air date: 07/28/2002 Runtime: 56:03 min.

    Original air date: 07/28/2002 Runtime: 56:03 min. An unlikely source gives McNulty the tag of a car driven by Stringer Bell. Meanwhile, Greggs and Carver bust a congressional aide carrying dirty cash, but are forced to let him go. Later, Omar earns his 'loose cannon' moniker.

  • 9. Game Day

    Original air date: 08/04/2002 Runtime: 56:41 min.

    Original air date: 08/04/2002 Runtime: 56:41 min. Barksdale plays an expensive game of one-upmanship with an east-side rival. Meanwhile, Herc and Carver take some cash off of Wee-Bey's hands, and Omar resurfaces with a bang.

  • 10. The Cost

    Original air date: 08/11/2002 Runtime: 55:31 min.

    Original air date: 08/11/2002 Runtime: 55:31 min. With Wallace in custody, McNulty and Daniels try to figure out what to do with him in the months before he testifies. Sydnor and Carver track down one of Barksdale's stash houses, and Prez shows off his 'gift for the paper trail.'

  • 11. The Hunt

    Original air date: 08/18/2002 Runtime: 56:20 min.

    Original air date: 08/18/2002 Runtime: 56:20 min. The police turn up the heat on tracking down Savino, Wee-Bey and Little Man. Burrell orders Daniels to hit drug dealers for results that will impress the press. Barksdale sees his ranks thinning after the hit on Orlando.

  • 12. Cleaning Up

    Original air date: 09/01/2002 Runtime: 56:18 min.

    Original air date: 09/01/2002 Runtime: 56:18 min. The low-rise pay phones are out of service, so McNulty and Daniels keep pace by tapping Barksdale's office. Bodie gets some new responsibilities from Stringer; Freamon gives Shardene a 'new look'; and D'Angelo goes to NYC on an errand for his uncle.

  • 13. Sentencing

    Original air date: 09/08/2002 Runtime: 65:32 min.

    Original air date: 09/08/2002 Runtime: 65:32 min. Season One finale. Every crew has weak links--including Avon Barksdale's. With the heat turned up in the high-rises, Daniels and McNulty turn to a higher authority in an effort to crack the case wide open.