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Air Date: March 12th, 2002

Network: FX

Series Summary
The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct.

Rating: TVMA

Genres: Crime drama

Episodes

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  • 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

  • For better or worse, The Shield set the standard for what is now permissible on basic cable. It's one of those shows I can't imagine living without. Show More

  • 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

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Nominated Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series