My Ten Favourite Characters on The Wire

the wireThis list was inspired by "Andrew with a capital A" who now goes by the name McNulty. He emailed me a list of his ten favourite characters on The Wire, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.

His list was very good, but my list is just a little different. Here are my ten favourite characters from The Wire, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.

  1. Omar Little
  2. Jimmy McNulty
  3. Lester Freamon
  4. Bubbles
  5. Bunk Moreland
  6. D’Angelo Barksdale
  7. Howard “Bunny” Colvin
  8. Preston “Bodie” Broadus
  9. Frank Sobatka
  10. Michael Lee

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Toronto Mike

And here's McNulty's list, complete with excellent reasoning.

1. Jimmy McNulty – He was good po-lice. A drunk and a slut, but good po-lice.
2. Omar Little – A murderous thief but with a code. No civilians were ever killed.
3. William “Bunk” Moreland – Real good po-lice.
4. Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins – A tragic figure who found himself
5. Frank Sobotka – A thief who had the right intentions.
6. Lester Freamon - Damn good po-lice.
7. Preston “Bodie” Broadus – A low level thug who knew exactly what he was.
8. Roland “Wee-Bay” Brice – Ruthless killer, lover of fish.
9. Michael Lee – Tragic life leads to a new Omar.
10. “Proposition” Joe Stewart – Calming, logical drug dealer, slight weight problem.

September 18, 2009 @ 2:51 PM


The Bunk at #7?

Scandal! Opprobrium! I get Omar at #1, and I'll even grant you McNulty at #2 in view of the centrality and complexity of his character. But The Bunk is Top Three. No question - McNulty's got it right.

September 18, 2009 @ 3:10 PM


OK Mike...we get like The Wire.

September 18, 2009 @ 5:08 PM

Toronto Mike

Junior, you're right. I've modified my order. Bunk just moved up a couple of spots.

September 18, 2009 @ 5:17 PM


Awesome list.

I cannot disagree with it at all. It is tough to get only 10.

Thanks for posting, I am glad to see we are both very close with our lists.

Not putting D'Angelo was a tough choice for me.

September 19, 2009 @ 9:40 AM

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