In the drug-ridden streets of West Baltimore, there are good guys and there are bad guys. Sometimes you need more than a badge to tell them apart.

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Remembering Michael Kenneth Williams

Michael Kenneth Williams was an extraordinary artist, adept at bringing characters like Omar Little, Chalky White, and Montrose Freeman into vivid color. A beloved member of the HBO family for more than 20 years, Williams is remembered not only as an immensely talented actor, but as a civil justice advocate. He will be profoundly missed.

Actors from The Wire, Lovecraft Country, and Boardwalk Empire pay tribute to the late Michael Kenneth Williams.

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The Cast Remembers the Show’s Legacy

The series meant as much to them as it does to you. Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce, and more offer insight.

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7 Reasons to Watch The Wire

Didn’t catch it when it first aired, worried it’s too big a job, or weren’t even born yet? Here’s why you should give the landmark show a chance.

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All the Players Matter

Have you picked up on the recurring faces of The Wire throughout other HBO series and films?

Want More Shows Like The Wire?

Creator David Simon and frequent collaborator George Pelecanos (The Deuce, Treme, Generation Kill) clue you in about each series before you watch.

The Wire

“The greatest drama of the past 25 years.”

— Vulture


Alexa Fogel Talks Casting Oz, The Wire, and Other HBO Favorites

The casting director looks back on memorable auditions, and reveals which role was the toughest to fill.

What David Simon and George Pelecanos Want You to Know About Their Shows

For stories about real cities and people, look no further than these series from the team behind The Wire.

More From the Minds Behind The Wire

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The Deuce

Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce explores 1970s New York at the beginning of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry.

7 Episodes
Generation Kill

From creators Ed Burns and David Simon, this seven-part miniseries focuses on the first 40 days of the war in Iraq, as told by an elite group of U.S. Marines.

6 Episodes
Show Me a Hero

This six-part miniseries depicts the true story of a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) whose attempt to build low-income housing in white neighborhoods tears his city apart.

4 Seasons
Treme

Residents in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina strive to rebuild their lives without losing sight of the music and cultural traditions that make them, and the city, so unique.

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