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

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    Season openers don't get much more incendiary: There are severed feet, a ''beef'' between rival Armenian, Mexican, and Salvadoran gangs, and a murder committed by another member of Vic's Strike Team.
  5. 90
    All I can say, at this point, is that the first eight episodes of Season 7 are tight, unrelenting, complicated, fierce, wonderfully acted.
  6. The Shield, which, based on the three I've seen so far, looks to be going out the way it came in: fast and furious, bloody but unbowed.
  7. He has always been wrapped a little tight but now he's about to explode, and Chiklis plays it beautifully, making it sound as if he must measure every phrase so that just opening his mouth doesn't release all the frustration in a nuclear blast.
  8. 80
    You couldn't wander in at this point and not be lost. Yet here's one series worth catching up with on DVD.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
  10. 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.
  11. Things may end badly for Vic, or not, but this I know for sure: The next time The Shield cheats its viewers will be the first.
  12. 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.
  13. Tonight's season premiere does a fairly good job of wrapping up the sixth season finale and setting the stage to move forward but there's still a fair amount of cleanup to be done.
  14. 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.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    One of the best TV shows you'll ever watch and most people have not even heard of it. The acting is amazing and the story is even better.One of the best TV shows you'll ever watch and most people have not even heard of it. The acting is amazing and the story is even better. There are consequences to everything the Strike Team has done throughout the years and this season finishes dealing them out. The finale was absolutely fantastic and emotional. Full Review »