The Wire: Season 1

2002 TV-MA 5 discs

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The Wire: Season 1

2002 TV-MA 5 discs
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Creator David Simon's gritty drama takes an unflinching look at Baltimore's drug culture, through the eyes of both the dealers and the police. Season 1 follows the investigation of a violent drug-dealing crew known as the Barksdale Organization.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Dutch: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dark, mature series offers a very realistic representation of urban crime and the other problems that affect inner cities (but, unfortunately, offers few solutions). It constantly deals with gang violence, drug trafficking, and murder and frequently criticizes law enforcement and government agencies. It also contains extremely strong language and some nudity -- all of which makes it strictly for adults only.

Sexual Content

Strong sexual content, including nudity. Explicit, gratuitous remarks about sex and sexual activity are frequent.


Frequent scenes of people being murdered. Guns and other weapons are visibly used to cause bodily harm. There are also recurring discussions of violent acts as related to criminal investigations. Lots of gang-related fighting (including punching and kicking) resulting in bodily harm. Children engage in disruptive behavior in and outside of school.


Very strong language, including the continual use of "f--k" and other swear words. The swearing is often gratuitous.

Social Behavior

The show's characters and their actions are complex -- ranging from criminal to selfish to noble. Overall, despite its heavy, dark content, the show provides serious social commentary on the complex problems faced by inner cities.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drug trafficking is prominently discussed and sometimes visible, thought it's presented within context (drug dealing is a major theme of the show). Both adults and minors drink and use tobacco products.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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