The Wire

The Wire

In the fifth and final season of this explosive drama series, the show expands its focus into the media--specifically the role of newspapers in big-city bureaucracy--as it follows the fictional staff of a real newspaper.
In the fifth and final season of this explosive drama series, the show expands its focus into the media--specifically the role of newspapers in big-city bureaucracy--as it follows the fictional staff of a real newspaper.

Season 5 (10 episodes)

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  • 1. More With Less

    Original air date: 12/31/2007 Runtime: 58:40 min.

    Original air date: 12/31/2007 Runtime: 58:40 min. Season Five premiere. As McNulty and the detail continue staking out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sergeant Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime.

  • 2. Unconfirmed Reports

    Original air date: 01/07/2008 Runtime: 58:40 min.

    Original air date: 01/07/2008 Runtime: 58:40 min. Although he tells Sydnor the Davis investigation could be a 'career case,' Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo, who takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Barksdale.

  • 3. Not for Attribution

    Original air date: 01/14/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min.

    Original air date: 01/14/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min. Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to Proposition Joe to help with an enviable problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff.

  • 4. Transitions

    Original air date: 01/21/2008 Runtime: 58:33 min.

    Original air date: 01/21/2008 Runtime: 58:33 min. Campbell tries to smooth out the transitions in the police department. The newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall, but lose out to the TV media in scooping a high-profile Grand Jury appearance.

  • 5. React Quotes

    Original air date: 01/28/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min.

    Original air date: 01/28/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min. Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect, who shows him a new communications trick. McNulty's case gets increased attention from the newspaper, in large part thanks to the addition of Templeton to the reporting team.

  • 6. The Dickensian Aspect

    Original air date: 02/04/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min.

    Original air date: 02/04/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min. Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis. After a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away at a larger press event--and recasts himself as a champion for the homeless.

  • 7. Took

    Original air date: 02/11/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min.

    Original air date: 02/11/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min. An unexpected call puts Templeton back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty more attention than he expected. Bunk bucks at Landsman when ordered to help with the force's most recent red ball.

  • 8. Clarifications

    Original air date: 02/18/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min.

    Original air date: 02/18/2008 Runtime: 58:36 min. Baltimore's renewed police commitment brings fresh recruits to Daniels and McNulty, starting with Carver. Facing a new political challenge, Carcetti is forced to make dangerous political deals.

  • 9. Late Editions

    Original air date: 02/25/2008 Runtime: 59:54 min.

    Original air date: 02/25/2008 Runtime: 59:54 min. With Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate 'creative' remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the department into overdrive.

  • 10. -30-

    Original air date: 03/09/2008 Runtime: 93:12 min.

    Original air date: 03/09/2008 Runtime: 93:12 min. In the series finale, Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.