We Own This City

We Own This City

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HBO crime thriller series based on the true rise and fall story of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force—and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city. From The Wire creator David Simon. Stars Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Jamie Hector (Bosch) and BAFTA nominee Wunmi Mosaku (His House) with all six episodes directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard).

2022Rating: 16USA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Part One

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins gives a lecture to cadets, while investigators... More Erika Jensen and John Sieracki question Momodu Gondo about his connection to a known drug dealer. Attorney Nicole Steele looks into complaints against notorious cop Daniel Hersl. Then, after an overdose death in Hartford County, David McDougall tracks the source of the drugs to Baltimore.

EPISODE 1.2

Part Two

In his first days on the job, Jenkins learns the... More true weight of city politics in policing. Jensen and Sieracki interview an eager to talk Jemell Rayam about the GTTF’s tactics. Sean Suiter is assigned to a new murder case, McDougall links with Scott Kilpatrick to take their case to the Feds, and Steele hears from Hersl’s vocal critics.

EPISODE 1.3

Part Three

Despite growing complaints, Hersl is placed on the GTTF. Later,... More the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Thomas Allers, is interrogated about stolen cash. Jensen monitors Gondo’s calls, Steele speaks with BPD’s new police commissioner Kevin Davis, who admits to his precarious position. Meanwhile, a younger Jenkins struggles to fit in and brings Suiter along on a raid.

EPISODE 1.4

Part Four

Jenkins pivots after a high-speed car chase yields no drugs.... More During his interview with the Feds, former officer Maurice Ward recalls how Jenkins remained unscathed as the GTTF’s supervisor – despite a series of illegal incidents. Steele confronts Davis about a list of cops who lied in court, and the city is rocked by the Freddie Gray protests.

EPISODE 1.5

Part Five

Jensen, Sieracki, and U.S. Attorney Leo Wise prepare to charge... More the officers of the GTTF. Suiter feels the distrust of Baltimoreans as he works a homicide scene and begins to sense that his past is closing in on him. Steele and Davis seek support from Baltimore’s new mayor on the consent decree before the new administration takes over the DOJ.

EPISODE 1.6

Part Six

After the arrest of several GTTF officers, Suiter grows concerned... More about his grand jury subpoena. Jenkins learns his fellow officers are cooperating with the investigation as the full extent of his crimes comes to light. Davis and the mayor’s office go head-to-head on funding for the consent decree, while Steele questions whether the U.S. justice system can ever be changed.

We Own This City | Reviews

92%51 reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A very good show, with granular realism, a sly sense of humor and fine acting top to bottom.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

There isn’t a bad performance in We Own This City... and Simon and Pelecanos’ indignation feels consistently earned and documented at every level.

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Variety

Variety

More than anything, (We Own This City) plays like an excruciating tragedy... But it’s stunningly executed all the same.

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Collider

Collider

Jon Bernthal and Wunmi Mosaku shine in a scathing examination of what happens when power veers out of control.

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Paste

Paste

Provocative, powerful, and with first-rate performances...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

An ambitious but uneven companion to The Wire.

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CNN

CNN

The project feels a little messy in the early going, but the pieces come together in a compelling way...

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Overambitious as it may be, this show is as dark, as effective, and as unsparing as David Simon's other work.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Thanks to the clear writing, expert editing and distinctively unique performances, it’s easy to keep pace with We Own This City...

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

The characters are riveting, some for their arrogance and cruelty and others for their weakness.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A hypnotic look at American corruption...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

We Own This City is almost always extremely watchable.

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We Own This City | Release Details

We Own This City is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.