Fans of The Wire love to tell you they love The Wire. And there’s a reason. The suspenseful drama, which lasted for 5 seasons on HBO, is layered and spoiled for interesting characters. As for plot, The Wire deals with the relationship of Baltimore law enforcement between various institutions in the city. The show covers everything from the way law enforcement deal with the drug trade to the dance between the cops and the media.
While this series aired on HBO, it can now be found streaming on multiple services. Most people already have a subscription to at least one of them. If not, you can gain access to the series for as little as $5.99 per month on Hulu. You can also use your current HBO credentials to see the show for no extra charge on HBO Max.
Best way to watch The Wire (2002-2008)
We recommend watching The Wire on HBO Max. Why? Because you can watch the show with your current cable login (or your friend’s). That keeps your access to the show affordable. Plus, HBO Max has other original HBO content. Even if you have to pay for the service, which is $14.99 per month for people who don’t have HBO via cable provider, you’ll get your money’s worth. In addition to The Wire,
All the ways to watch The Wire online
You can watch The Wire on HBO Max, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. In addition to watching your favorite Baltimore drama, each streaming service has its own original movies and TV shows. Hulu often has next-day viewing for currently airing network shows as well. And all three services have a variety of shows and movies that range from comedy to drama to documentary.
Streaming The Wire
HBO Max: As mentioned above, if you have HBO through a cable provider, you can use those credentials to log in to HBO Max. This gives you immediate access to all 5 seasons of The Wire as well as the rest of HBO’s programming. Bought separately, the service is just $14.99 per month. If you like The Wire, you may also like HBO series like Succession and Industry. Learn more about the service in our HBO Max review.
Hulu: Hulu is the most affordable of the bunch, with a monthly price of just $5.99. If you want to binge all of The Wire and cancel, you’re getting a steal of a deal. However, the rest of Hulu’s content makes it worth sticking around. Hulu also produces original shows and movies. Once you’re done with The Wire you can check out Castle Rock and The Handmaid’s Tale. Learn more about Hulu in our 2021 review.
Amazon Prime Video: You can buy The Wire from Prime Video, but it may be more cost-effective to use your Prime benefits (Prime Video is free for Prime members, $8.99/mo. for non-members) and stream the series. Bear in mind that you will need to pay for the HBO channel extension at $14.99 per month to access the show. This is in addition to your Prime membership. You can watch other Amazon Video drama series like Absentia and The Fall without an extra extension.
Renting vs. buying The Wire
There is currently no service offering rental of The Wire.
You can buy the series in multiple places. In addition to streaming the show, Amazon also offers it for purchase in SD and HD quality. Buying by season is $9.99 for both formats. If you pay by episode, SD format is $1.99 per episode and HD episodes are $2.99 a piece. You can also buy the entire series from YouTube for $39.99.
The final cut
You never know when older shows are going to disappear from streaming services. If you want to re-watch The Wire or catch up for the first time, there is no time like today to dive in. HBO Max is the best place to watch if you already pay for HBO or want more premium content, while Hulu is the most cost effective if you don’t have HBO.