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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
  • Creator: Shawn Ryan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 3 premiere date: Mar 9, 2004
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 17, 2013
    91
    Ultimately, the reason 'The Shield' is one of the best police dramas going isn't just its spiderweb plots, the claustrophobic you're-stuck-with-us camera work, or its antihero, although Chiklis -- who won a well-deserved Emmy two years back -- is just as spooky and weirdly amiable as ever. It's the fact that the program regularly yields even its main characters to baleful Fate.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    88
    Once The Shield grabs you, it's awfully hard to turn away.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    i disagree with inthenoob...i thought this was a very good season....i liked it better than the second season....i didnt like it quite as much as the first season but it most certainly wasnt a challenge to sit through in my opinion. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2012
    7
    It was a pretty disapointing season. It lacked any interesting story lines and it was very boring through out the season. So boring that it was a challenge just to sit through it. I did like how the other main characters (outside of the strike team) got a more expanded role in this season but the weak and generic storylines dont really do them justice. Also the main villian of the season (Margos) had an incredibly anti-climactic death, Which was pretty disapointing considering there was a good amount of build up and hype up to that point. Overall, This season was the worst I have seen so far into the series but its still a decent enough show to watch. Expand

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