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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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85

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9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

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  • Summary: The end is near for Vic Mackey as he fights for his badge and his life in the final season.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    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.
  2. What remains compelling about The Shield as it heads into its last hurrah are the gray areas and ethical gradations of the characters that have defined it.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    The Shield (this season and every season) is an intoxicating head-gamer of a show that grabs you by the throat.
  4. Chiklis always sells his end of it, and when he has a great actor opposite him, you don't really notice how puzzling the story arcs would get.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
  6. Reviewed by: Stuart Levine
    80
    For the uninitiated, the show's dense plotline has become a head-scratching web of scorned relationships between Armenians, Mexicans, corrupt politicians, dirty cops, police commissioners and Mackey, of course, in the center of it all, doing whatever it takes to hang on to his badge. For the longtime fan, however, the story is complex yet riveting, making complete sense, especially after witnessing Mackey's hellacious journey to get here.
  7. 63
    Mackey is right where I left him years ago: again facing a disciplinary hearing that might mean the end of his career. As The Shield starts its seventh and final season, maybe it is time to say goodbye.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. TelyS
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    It is hard for me to imagine a better cop show than The Shield ever happening. They exposed the nitty-gritty of street-level police work with It is hard for me to imagine a better cop show than The Shield ever happening. They exposed the nitty-gritty of street-level police work with a ferocious honesty, and made you care about characters that you never thought you could care about. The overwhelming sadness that pervades the final episodes is a beautiful document of the current apocalyptic zeitgeist; tragic and poignant entanglement of too many self-made traps. Expand
  2. harryv.
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    The single most underated show on television.
  3. Sep 9, 2010
    10
    Just finished watching all seven seasons of the shield on DVD. This is definitely the way to see it. No commercial in one episode afterJust finished watching all seven seasons of the shield on DVD. This is definitely the way to see it. No commercial in one episode after another. In my opinion this show squashes the Sopranos. The ending was extremely visceral. I have no doubt that in a few years I will watch it again. Very satisfying. Expand
  4. PaulS.
    Jan 11, 2009
    10
    Phenomenal. without a doubt, one of the most riveting and fascinating dramas in television history. A true classic.
  5. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    the acting is god awful????really!!! this is some of the best acting ever!!!! the camera angles dont suck either.....the camera work is donethe acting is god awful????really!!! this is some of the best acting ever!!!! the camera angles dont suck either.....the camera work is done purposely the way it is to give the show a unique style.... it IS a brilliant show and it deserves the reviews and acclaim that it gets... its actually underrated..not enough people know about it. Expand
  6. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    This is seriously the best tv series I have watched to date. The acting is supreme, the style of shooting document-ish, there are no clues toThis is seriously the best tv series I have watched to date. The acting is supreme, the style of shooting document-ish, there are no clues to guide your emotional reactions and you can basically react how ever you feel like. That's what I love about this show: there is no right or wrong, there are no clear answers, you have to actively interpret and decide for yourself. It shows the range of human emotions and the range of reality, in all its ugliness but also in all its goodness, which unfortunately is shadowed by the harsh reality. I wish more of tv was like this. Expand
  7. ZackaryS.
    Oct 7, 2008
    4
    How the heck does this show get good reviews? the camera angles suck the acting is god awful. Seriously people stop watching this show... (i How the heck does this show get good reviews? the camera angles suck the acting is god awful. Seriously people stop watching this show... (i really wanted to like this show, it just sucks to much though...). Expand

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