The Shield

FX (ended 2008)



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The Road To Justice Is Twisted
The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions. The Shield stars Michael Chiklis (The Commish) as rogue cop "Det. Vic Mackey," leader of the elite Strike Team unit, who is effective at eliminating crime but who operates under his own set of rules. Benito Martinez (Outbreak & Her Costly Affair) plays "Captain David Aceveda," the young precinct head who doesn't like Mackey's tactics and wants to bust him off the force. And the Emmy-nominated CCH Pounder (ER & Boycott), plays "Det. Claudette Wyms," a veteran detective who understands Mackey and knows how to play both sides of the fence. The show made history by becoming the first ad-supported cable series to win the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series. In its first season, Shawn Ryan (Writing) and Clark Johnson (Directing) received Emmy nominations, which were also firsts for basic cable in those categories. The Shield has received two TCA nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Drama. As of March 2005, the show has become the longest running series on the FX Network.moreless

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  • Michael Chiklis

    Michael Chiklis

    Detective Vic Mackey

    Catherine Dent

    Catherine Dent

    Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

    Walton Goggins

    Walton Goggins

    Detective Shane Vendrell

    Michael Jace

    Michael Jace

    Officer Julien Lowe

    Kenneth Johnson (III)

    Kenneth Johnson (III)

    Detective Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky

    Jay Karnes

    Jay Karnes

    Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

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    Fan Reviews (234)

    • The Shield Review

      I viewed all seven seasons of the show. I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand I was drawn to it. I thought each episode was good and I looked forward to seeing the next episode. On the other hand, I think that the writers spoiled it by letting the main character murder a cop simply because he was there to get evidence on him and the idea of Shane murdering Lem was too much. The writers should of thought of more plausible ideas to drive the show.moreless
    • Masterpiece 10\10

      great drama great action so exciting show 10\10 no doubt
    • Good show

      Over the entire series there were parts that were tedious and repetitive but ultimately 'The Shield' is one of the better programs I have watched -especially in the crime-drama category.
    • awesome really awesome show

      my own opinion this show is better than the wire i watched both

      but i love the shield more
    • The Best Cop Drama Ever

      Easily the best cop drama ever made. The characters are extremely likable and the plot never sways from it's main theme. Based on the real LAPD corruption scandal of the 1990s. The Series Finale itself is must see TV. You will not be disappointed.

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    keeping secrets, long running show, issues with authority, undercover cops, womanizers