How to watch We Own This City in Australia: stream The Wire creator's new show

We Own This City
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Having redefined the TV cop show with his series The Wire, David Simon is back in Baltimore with the new crime drama We Own This City, which recounts the real-life rise and fall of the city's controversial Gun Trace Task Force. 

Simon reunites with fellow producer George Pelecanos for this all-new series, and while the show was developed for the US streaming service HBO Max, it is thankfully available to stream in Australia via one of our local services.

So, if you're ready to head back to the gritty streets of Maryland's biggest town, you should read on as we give you the lowdown on where to watch We Own This City in Australia. 

Watch We Own This City in Australia

Premiere date: Monday, April 25

New episodes: dropping every Monday until May 20

Cast: Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, Rob Brown, McKinley Belcher III, Josh Charles, Dagmara Dominczyk

Streaming Options: Binge (AU)

The six-episode series is based on the book We Own This City: A True Story Of Crime, Cops And Corruption by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist Justin Fenton. Like David Simon before him, Justin cut his teeth as a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun

According to its synopsis, the show “chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and 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.”

We Own The City stars The Punisher's Jon Bernthal as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the central figure in the Baltimore Police Department’s corrupt task force. He eventually goes up against civil rights attorney Nicole Steele (Wunmi Mosaku). 

In addition to Bernthal and Mosaku, We Own The City stars several actors who will be familiar to fans of The Wire, such as Jamie Hector (who played Marlo Stanfield), Domenick Lombardozzi (who played Herc), Delaney Williams (who played Sgt. Jay Landsman) and Tray Chaney (who played Poot). 

In Australia, We Own This City is available to stream on the Binge streaming service, with new episodes fast-tracked from the US as soon as they air. Find out how you can sign up for Binge below.

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How to watch We Own This City online for FREE in Australia


As with almost all new HBO output, We Own This City will be available to watch Down Under via <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">Binge, with the crime show's opening episode premiering on the shrive on April 26, with new episodes expected to arrive weekly every Monday thereafter.

New customers can enjoy a <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">14-day free trial of the service, after which plans start from <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank">$10 a month with its Basic plan. There is also the choice of its Standard ($14 a month) or Premium ($18 a month) packages.

Once subscribed, you’ll get access to 10,000 hours of content: reality shows, dramas, comedies and documentaries including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Big Little Lies, Modern Family, Mayans, and Gossip Girl. It also offers more than 800 movies, and content from HBO, FX, and Warner Bros.

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Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

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