HBO’s ‘We Own This City’ From ‘The Wire’ Producers Takes on Corruption and Crime in Baltimore

From The Wire producers David Simon and George Pelecanos comes a new crime drama titled We Own This City.

The six-episode series premieres in April on HBO and chronicles corruption inside of the Baltimore Police Department.

Jon Bernthal (Marvel’s The Punisher, The Walking Dead) stars as a police sergeant who thinks he’s above the law and is tempted to take cash during a police task force drug bust.

He exclaims in one scene from the trailer, “Jackpot, motherf—ers! Woo!”

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The series additionally features Jamie Hector, who played ruthless drug dealer “Marlo Stanfield” on The Wire and later an LAPD detective on Bosch, as a Baltimore homicide detective. The rest of the cast includes Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Dagmara Domiczyk (Succession), Rob Brown (Blindspot), Don Harvey (The Deuce), David Corenswet (The Politician), Larry Mitchell (CSI), Ian Duff (New Amsterdam), McKinley Belcher III (Ozark), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Barry), Lucas Van Engen (City on a Hill), and The Wire alums Domenick Lombardozzi, Tray Chaney, and Delaney Williams.

Per the official description: “We Own This City is a six-hour, limited series chronicling the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. It examines the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.”

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The series follows true events involving the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). According to, eight members of the Baltimore Police Department’s GTTF task force were charged with racketeering, robbery, extortion, and overtime fraud in 2017.

We Own This City is based on the book “We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption” by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton.

The series is set to premiere April 25 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Watch the trailer below.