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The Shield 

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Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

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Shawn Ryan
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Top Rated TV #92 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 59 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Michael Chiklis ...  Vic Mackey 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Catherine Dent ...  Danni Sofer 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Walton Goggins ...  Shane Vendrell 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Michael Jace ...  Julien Lowe 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Jay Karnes ...  Holland Wagenbach 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Benito Martinez ...  David Aceveda 89 episodes, 2002-2008
CCH Pounder ...  Claudette Wyms 89 episodes, 2002-2008
Cathy Cahlin Ryan ...  Corrine Mackey 83 episodes, 2002-2008
David Rees Snell ...  Ronnie Gardocki 83 episodes, 2002-2008
Kenny Johnson ...  Curtis Lemansky 66 episodes, 2002-2006
David Marciano ...  Steve Billings 42 episodes, 2005-2008
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The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact. Written by <jgp3553@yahoo.com>

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Conscience is a killer See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

FX Network [United States]

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Shane Vendrell: Sometimes brothers fight.
Mara Sewell: Why does Vic always treat you like the little brother?
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Possibly my favorite drama ever
6 October 2010 | by mjk280See all my reviews

I hate giving 10's because nothing is perfect, but a 9 doesn't do it justice. There have been a lot of 9's over the years but this show is even better than those.

Over 7 seasons The Shield consistently provides an incredibly diverse group of characters and more intrigue than most TV has ever provided. The web Vic and his team weaves is always winding in all sorts of directions and is often on the verge of breaking. Vic and the rest of the strike team use their authority and cunning to untangle it as best they can, almost always using tactics that are ethically questionable at best.

The whole thing really gets you sucked in and you're always torn because rooting for Vic is easy, facing what he really is is not. What's right and what's wrong? When do the lines begin to blur? It's not always clear, but it's incredibly entertaining to watch.

The other thing I really love about the show is how there's always another separate case being pursued by Dutch Waggenbach and company. It keeps each episode going in different directions and the case is always interesting or has an unexpected twist when it's resolved. I think another thing that separates this show from all the others is that you get your murder/rape case that you get everywhere else, but that only compiles about 30% of each episode and the rest is even better than that. Shows like CSI and Law & Order can't even touch the content this show brings, and I haven't even mentioned the gritty, realistic style it's shot and written in. Absolutely unique and done believably and well. The finale? It's as good as you're ever going to get.

It really is a stellar show. I would say there was perhaps one season I thought was only above average (not exactly a strike against it) but the rest was a thrill ride that was so gripping I don't know if there's more than a handful of other shows that have ever matched it in that capacity. You're always in for a surprise when you watch it and the characters grow on you, some of them whether you want them to or not. Recommended as highly as possible.


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