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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 #86 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 58 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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The road to justice is twisted See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

FX Network [United States]

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USA

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English

Release Date:

12 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Chiklis (Detective Vic Mackey) and Jay Karnes (Detective Holland Wagenbach) are the only actors to appear in all 89 episodes of the series. See more »

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[Vic doesn't do anything and the suspect starts screaming]
Suspect: Help! Help! HELP!
David Aceveda: [walks in] What's going on in here?
Vic Mackey: [confused] Nothing.
[Aceveda glares at him]
Vic Mackey: Really.
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One of a kind - a TV Series that actually gets better as it progresses
11 April 2012 | by da_gopstaSee all my reviews

I only heard of The Shield a few weeks ago. I had only just finished watching a previous TV show from start to finish, and was after a new one to pass the time. I typed in "The Best TV Shows Ever", or something similar, on Google, and I noticed that this was on a few lists. I'd never heard of it, but after checking to see that it was given a very respectable 8.7 rating on IMDb, I decided to check it out.

When I started, I was not unimpressed, but at the same time, I didn't really get the immediately-hooked feeling like I did at the start of other TV shows like Prison Break, Dexter and Breaking Bad, amongst others.

However, unlike most TV dramas, The Shield got progressively better throughout its series. The characters were very complex and I can't think of a single main character who I had both rooted for at times, yet wanted to see their downfall in others.

As I said, the series got progressively better, but in no way was I expecting the finale to be as good as it was. I've seen a fair few TV series in my time, but no series finale that I've seen has even come close to matching this one. An absolutely incredible finale of a quality that any series would have been proud of.

I'd definitely recommend this show. For me personally, it was a steady 7/10 for the first couple seasons, 8//10 and 9/10 for the next few, but 10/10 for its final season. To give the actual finale a rating out of ten would do it injustice as I'm sceptical that I'll ever see one as good as that.


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