The Shield

Series Summary
Vic Mackey is a rogue cop in an experimental division of the Los Angeles Police Department, willing to sink to the criminals' level in order to take them on -- but his misdeeds eventually come home to roost. He breaks the law to, in his mind, bring some semblance of order to a chaotic world.

Air Dates: 2002 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: FX

  • Season 7, Ep. 14 : Family MeetingNov 25, 2008

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    Officers in the Barn investigate a woman's disappearance and the arrival of a large drug shipment; lives change forever.

  • Season 7, Ep. 13 : Family MeetingNov 25, 2008

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    Officers in the Barn investigate a woman's disappearance and the arrival of a large drug shipment; lives change forever.

  • Season 7, Ep. 13 : Family MeetingNov 25, 2008

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    Officers in the Barn investigate a woman's disappearance and the arrival of a large drug shipment; lives change forever.

  • Season 7, Ep. 12 : Possible Kill ScreenNov 18, 2008

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    Olivia works with the Strike Team to nab a Mexican drug lord and his incoming shipment; Dutch must clean up after a Billings mess; Claudette investigates the death of a woman with ties to the team.

  • Season 7, Ep. 11 : Petty CashNov 11, 2008

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    The Strike Team must cut corners to get quick cash; Claudette and Dutch set up a secret sting; Billings does intel work inside the Barn.

ratings & reviews

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  • Gritty and grim, The Shield takes the familiar genre to a new level of intensity, graphic violence, nudity and, not least, profanity. The vocabulary may shock some viewers; the casting will surprise others: Michael Chiklis plays the heavy, the corrupt cop at the center of The Shield. It's a riveting star turn. [12 Mar 2002, p.F05] Show More

  • However, I can't give The Shield an unqualified recommendation given its placement on a basic cable network. There are scenes that make "NYPD Blue" look tame, including nudity, sex scenes, horrific violence and everything short of the f-word in terms of language. It looks like something you'd expect from HBO or a pay-cable channel that you specifically pay for and expect to include adult content. Not a basic cable channel that's next to Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. [12 Mar 2002, p.C08] Show More

  • This is a darker "NYPD Blue," "The Job" without the jokes, the LAPD Rampart scandal without, so far, the indictments. Does The Shield need the R-rated language, violence and nudity that FX has allowed it? Probably not. But don't let that scare you off, either. [12 Mar 2002, p.39] Show More

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