‘The Wire’: Links for reviews to every episode

alan-sepinwall
Senior Television Writer
12.26.14 50 Comments

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Earlier today, HBO Signature began a marathon of the remastered, high-definition version of “The Wire.” As previously discussed, this isn't the optimal way to watch the show, which was filmed with a 4:3 aspect ratio image in mind throughout its run, but David Simon and company did what they could to not compromise the look too much (and, on occasion, found that certain scenes looked better in widescreen).

If you happen to have some time off at the moment – say, due to a ubiquitous holiday break – and are watching the marathon, you might want to keep my reviews of each episode handy, whether you're a first-time viewer who's been waiting all along to see the show in high-def, a former viewer curious to see how the new versions look, or simply a fan using this as an excuse to watch “The Wire” again for the umpteenth time.

Because I wrote these reviews across two sites, and out of order, I figured it would be useful to do a post with a master list to reviews of every single episode, in chronological order. I began reviewing the show episode-by-episode in season 4, so those last two seasons were covered the same way I would any other current show, in real time. After the series ended, I went back and revisited seasons 1 through 3, presenting two different versions of each review: one just for the newbies, and one for the veteran viewers who wouldn't be spoiled by discussion of what came later.

So get back to marathoning, if you so desire, and keep these links handy if you want to immerse yourself even deeper into the experience as you watch. Also, I'm curious how people feel the remastered versions look. I'm hip-deep in screeners for upcoming 2015 shows, so I doubt I'll get a chance to watch the new versions anytime soon.

SEASON 1

Episode 1: “The Target” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 2: “The Detail” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 3: “The Buys” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 4: “Old Cases” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 5: “The Pager” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 6: “The Wire” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 7: “One Arrest” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 8: “Lessons” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 9: “Game Day” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 10: “The Cost” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 11: “The Hunt” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 12: “Cleaning Up” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 13: “Sentencing” Veterans | Newbies

SEASON 2
Episode 1: “Middle Ground” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 2: “Collateral Damage” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 3: “Hot Shots” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 4: “Hard Cases” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 5: “Undertow” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 6: “All Prologue” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 7: “Backwash” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 8: “Duck and Cover” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 9: “Stray Rounds” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 10: “Storm Warnings” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 11: “Bad Dreams” Veterans | Newbies
Episode 12: “Port in a Storm” Veterans | Newbies

SEASON 3
Episode 1, “Time After Time”: Veterans | Newbies
Episode 2, “All Due Respect”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 3, “Dead Soldiers”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 4, “Hamsterdam”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 5, “Straight and True”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 6, “Homecoming”:
  Veterans | Newbies
Episode 7, “Back Burners”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 8, “Moral Midgetry”:
Veterans | Newbies
Episode 9, “Slapstick”:Veterans | Newbies
Episode 10, “Reformation”: Veterans | Newbies
Episode 11, “Middle Ground”: Veterans | NewbiesGeorge Pelecanos interview
Episode 12, “Mission Accomplished”: 
Veterans | Newbies

SEASON 4
Episode 1, “Boys of Summer”
Episode 2, “Soft Eyes”
Episode 3, “Home Rooms”
Episode 4, “Refugees”
Episode 5, “Alliances”
Episode 6, “Margin of Error”
Episode 7, “Unto Others”
Episode 8, “Corner Boys”
Episode 9, “Know Your Place”
Episode 10, “Misgivings”
Episode 11, “A New Day”
Episode 12, “That's Got His Own”
Episode 13, “Final Grades”

SEASON 5
Episode 1, “More with Less”
Episode 2, “Unconfirmed Reports”
Episode 3, “Not For Attribution”
Episode 4, “Transitions”
Episode 5, “React Quotes”
Episode 6, “The Dickensian Aspect”
Episode 7, “Took”
Episode 8, “Clarifications”
Episode 9, “Late Editions”
Episode 10, “-30-“ | David Simon post-finale interview

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