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The Wire: Season 2 (2003)

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Critic Consensus: An ambitious introduction to a new network of characters allows The Wire to expand its focus on societal ills.

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A complex crime drama set in Baltimore, Maryland, that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of both law-enforcement officials and the criminals they're pursuing.

Cast

Dominic West
as Det. James McNulty
John Doman
as Col. William A. Rawls
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
Chris Bauer
as Frank Sobotka
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Paul Ben-Victor
as Spiros `Vondas' Vondopoulos
Amy Ryan
as Off. Beatrice Russell
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzblewski
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Rhonda Pearlman
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Seth Gilliam
as Det. Ellis Carver
Delaney Williams
as Sgt. Jay Landsman
Bill Raymond
as The Greek
William Raymond
as The Greek
Jeffrey Fugitt
as Off. Claude Diggins
Luray Cooper
as Nathaniel `Nat' Coxson
Robert F. Chew
as Proposition Joe
Andre Royo
as Bubbles
Robert F. Colesberry
as Det. Ray Cole
Ted Feldman
as George `Double-G' Glekas
Callie Thorne
as Elena McNulty
Tom Mardirosian
as Agent Kristos Koutris
Charley Scalies
as Horseface
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Eric Dellums
as Randall `Doc' Frazier
Chris Ashworth
as Sergei Malatov
Method Man
as Melvin `Cheese' Wagstaff
Shamyl Brown
as Donette
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Sen. R. Clayton Davis
Robert Hogan
as Louis Sobotka
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice `Maury' Levy
Michael Wyatt
as Brianna Barksdale
Doug Olear
as Agent Terrance Fitzhugh
Maria Bloom
as Marla Daniels
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Critic Reviews for The Wire: Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

Where many shows toss in character actors for flavor, The Wire features nothing but character actors -- humanity has rarely been shown in so many sizes, shapes, colors and varieties of lumpiness.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Wire doesn't receive the attention of other HBO dramas, but it should. It often surpasses them in the chances it takes and the stories it tells.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The new arc doesn't have quite the same emotional resonance, the same undercurrent of tragedy, but it does vividly depict the lives of dockworkers who've been hit hard by the economic slump... It's also funnier than the first series.

October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Just as I imagine lots of you were completely lost at this stage in season one, only to grow to understand and love it as you went, I suspect you're going to have a similar learning curve here.

April 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Television rarely dares to be this deep or wise, particularly when telling stories about folks who are essentially dispossessed.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The show moves methodically from one story line to another, progressing by inches yet holding our interest with its finely drawn characters and a rare ability to illuminate the gray areas of city life.

October 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wire: Season 2

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