Test Your Knowledge: The Wire
by Staff
This gritty drama featured urban decay and drug abuse at its worst. How much do you know about "The Wire"?

The title of the show refers to what?

  • Surveillance technologies
  • The thin line between good and evil
  • The division between rich and poor

Who created the show?

  • David Simon
  • Dan Michael
  • Thomas Hill

Who compsed the show's theme song, "Way Down in the Hole"?

  • TomWaits
  • Joe Ely
  • Steve Earle

Which actor played Jimmy McNulty, the star of the first season?

  • Wendell Pierce
  • Lance Reddick
  • Dominic West

Which network originally created the show?

  • HBO
  • Showtime
  • FOX

Which character commits some of the most heartless and vicious murders?

  • Stringer Bell
  • Rico
  • Snoop

How many total episodes were there?

  • 68
  • 60
  • 58

Season two revolves around which part of the city?

  • The port
  • Downtown Baltimore
  • School system

Which celebrity rapper has said "The Wire" is his favorite TV show?

  • Dr. Dre
  • LL Cool J
  • Eminem

What is the name of the song that Omar Little ominously whistles?

  • "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
  • "The Farmer in the Dell"
  • "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Which famous musician plays a role as a recovering drug addict in several episodes?

  • Tom Waits
  • Steve Earle
  • Van Morrison

This character was based on a real-life, drug-addled informant with a photographic memory?

  • Bubbles
  • Michael
  • Marlo

Which character leads a violent drug gang?

  • Avon Barksdale
  • Bodie
  • Chris Partlow

Which character was supposed to die in the first season but was spared?

  • Avon Barksdale
  • Kima
  • Omar Little

Which group recorded the theme song for season one of the show?

  • The Wallflowers
  • Blind Melon
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama

For all of the violence in the show, the police fire their weapons how many times in five seasons?

  • Eleven
  • Eight
  • Three

Which character mercilessly kills Snoop, just before she can instead kill him?

  • Michael
  • Chris
  • Avon

Which NFL figure appears on the center of Frank Sobotka's dartboard?

  • Jim Irsay
  • Jerry Jones
  • Al Davis

Before he was cast as Cedric Daniels, Lance Reddick auditioned for which two other parts?

  • Moreland and Bubbles
  • McNulty and Stanfield
  • Bell and Barksdale

Chris and Snoop dispose of their victims' bodies where?

  • The sewer
  • In the river
  • Abandoned buildings

Who takes over the gang's business when Avon goes to prison at the end of season 1?

  • Wee-Bey
  • Stringer Bell
  • D'Angelo Barksdale

Tired of the drugs and violence, Major Bunny Colvin does what at the end of his career on the police force?

  • Allows unfettered drug use in one area
  • Doubles the police force in violent areas
  • Requests help from federal authorities

In order to increase the budget for police work, what does McNulty unethically do?

  • Starts a protest on the mayor's lawn
  • Steals from the city
  • Fakes a serial killer

Which author called Snoop, "Perhaps the most terrifying female villan ever to appear in a television series"?

  • Dean Koontz
  • Stephen King
  • Clive Barker

Which police officer loses his gun in the third season?

  • Dozerman
  • Kima
  • McNulty

Bodie works for Avon until his loyalties switch to what gangster?

  • Proposition Joe
  • Stringer Bell
  • Marlo

Season four revolves around which city institution?

  • Judicial system
  • School system
  • Welfare system

Bunk constantly mentions his wife but she never appears in the show. What's her name?

  • Latasha
  • Natasha
  • Nadine

Which legitimate business does Stringer Bell yearn to pursue?

  • Real estate
  • Import / export
  • Fireworks sales

What's the color of the ribbon that McNulty's fake serial killer ties to each victim's arm?

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red