The Function: A brash, arrogant, and prideful police officer with a contempt for his superiors and the Baltimore Police Department’s “chain of command”, Jimmy McNulty is also one particular of the most clever detectives on the force. His tough operate and instinct are normally central in solving the big drug circumstances that take spot over the course of the The Wire. In the course of a lot of the series Jimmy’s private life is also in shambles as he struggles with an alcohol addiction, frequent affairs & a single nighters, problems producing his youngster support payments, and far more.
Actor: Dominic West. (Entertaining Truth – Did you know that Dominic is actually British and puts on an American accent for the show).
Seasons: McNulty is in The Wire seasons 1 – five (even though his element in the 4th season is really diminished relative to other seasons).
Favored Scene: The famed scene from the very first season when Jimmy and his partner Bunk investigate the murder scene in the kitchen of a Jane Doe 20 year old female victim making use of only curse words that commence with the letter “F.”
Favourite Quote: “What the *curse* did I do?” Jimmy says it quite a few occasions throughout the show. The great issue about the quote is that normally he knows specifically what he’s accomplished.
Foil / Rival: Stringer. From the quite start off of the initial season, Bell and McNulty are at one particular an additional – each 1 trying to outsmart and get the far better of the other. Whether or not it’s meetings at the court property or at the regional market, their interactions are constantly classic and it’s quite clear that regardless of their hatred for the other, there exists a mutual respect for the intelligence of the other.
From The Critics: Jimmy is regarded by a lot of critics as the central character in The Wire… but in a quite non-traditional way. He is not a protagonist, but truly more of an “anti-hero” (as described by Shelly of The Guardian). McNulty is smart, a charmer, and for the most element has outstanding relationships with his peers (although not with his superiors) at the identical time, he is also rather immature and impulsive. We root for him in the series, but we also loathe him for really a handful of of the factors he does. Wonderfully created and wonderfully performed, Jimmy McNulty is not merely one particular of the principal characters in The Wire – he is a single of the finest.