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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Universal acclaim- based on 141 Ratings

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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. 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: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. BrianM.
    Sep 3, 2008
    10
    Sorry to see this show ending, they should cancel other shows like sunny in philli and the S.O.A, what a lame boring show filled with trash on bikes.
  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. TheKillerDynamo
    Apr 13, 2009
    10
    Vic Mackey is a shark in an ocean of shark-hunters, but somehow he manages to keep swimming. Chiklis is an incredible actor, and he sells Vic Mackey is a shark in an ocean of shark-hunters, but somehow he manages to keep swimming. Chiklis is an incredible actor, and he sells every minute of this show. If you haven't seen it yet, start watching from the beginning. It hooks you right from the first episode and doesn't let go until the end of the seventh season. Brilliant television. Only negative: The music at the title card gets pretty annoying when you watch multiple episodes in a row. Expand
  5. JesseB.
    Sep 15, 2008
    10
    Shows can learn alot from the show,one of the greatest shows on network Tv.
  6. 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
  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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