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The Shield Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Written by Shawn Ryan

Directed by Clark Johnson

Aired 3/12/2002 on FX

After a complete rebranding in 1997, FX turned into a channel without identity, more a virtual dump site for Fox television and film properties than a cable network. They ran reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Married… with Children – so when they stepped into the original dramatic programming ring in 2002 with The Shield, it was a bit of a surprise. TNT had dipped their feet into original programming in the late 1990s (most notably with a Babylon 5 revival and 2001′s hit series Witchblade), but AMC didn’t exist in its current incarnation yet, and HBO was just starting to gain traction with Oz, The Sopranos, and Sex and the City… it was an interesting time in television history, and there’s no doubting The Shield’s role in it all.

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