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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Reed Diamond, CCH Pounder, Kenneth Johnson
  • Summary: 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.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
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  1. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    91
    A daring police drama whose growing moral complexity redeems its occasional excesses.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    58
    But for an excitingly directed, beautifully cast series, 'The Shield' seems to think that its core premise (Mackey: a hero who does brutal, illegal things) is so intrinsically engrossing, we're not going to notice how recklessly dumb his actions are.
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  1. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    Season 2 was great. The acting was just as good as the first season, The story was a lot better as well, and the season finale makes it really excited for season 3. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    i didnt think season 2 was quite as good as season 1 but it was still quite awesome...this show is so much better than the wire... that show is so overrated!! Expand

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