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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 #88 | 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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No One Rests In Peace 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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1.33 : 1
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In the original pitch of the series to FX, the members of the Strike Team were supposed to be background characters and that the character of Vic Mackey would mainly interact with the other characters. However, after casting David Rees Snell and Kenny Johnson as members of the Strike Team, it was decided to make the Strike Team members a regular part of the series. See more »

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Officer: You guys have anything to declare?
Vic Mackey: Just that is great to be back in the States.
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The Wire Meets Boys In The Hood
20 May 2010 | by jfcthejockSee all my reviews

The Shield in my opinion as it is in most people's view, is probably regarded as second to The Wire as one of the greatest shows on television. The Shield is not just a cop show either, just like The Wire. With The Shield, you see politics, family issues, sexuality, and many other hard hitting topics that The Wire covers also but in two separate environments; Baltimore and Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to have bought the entire season 1 - 7 of The Shield on DVD at a good price, and slowly made my way through the vice and darkness that surrounds the show and its characters.

All I can really say is The Wire has only barely just topped The Shield in my opinion as a hard hitting gritty show. Both are almost fully fair in greatness, if not for The Wire beating the other by an inch. Through The Shield, you are tagging along on a journey with Vic Mackey and his Strike Team, through some harrowing and disturbing stories to the finale of this amazing show. Just as the The Wire is considered to be an analysis of society, I believe The Shield is too more so through the police but you still see both sides of the same argument from the political and criminal side too.

No one is innocent, and no one can pretend to be either as they all hide secrets. Through The shield you will see some harrowing scenes, some gritty cliffhangers to the seasons and some life-changing decisions being made in the show by its cast. Its harrowing, disturbing, gritty, hard hitting, and so down in the dirt realistic you know this happens almost everywhere. If not to watch for the crime side to it, watch The Shield to see an analysis of family life, ones own battle with their sexuality, the ever-running struggle against the corrupt institutions. Its a study of policing in an urban environment torn by strife, violence, racism and definitely the class system.

As each season passes and new ones open, we are left with many questions, awaiting answers. We await retribution, vengeance, and just deserves but we keep watching as it it so addictive. The Shield barely scrapes the top of the world of policing, especially in a city like Los Angeles, but it does a good job and comes close to the scale The Wire takes on. Tear jerking acting, top-notch plots and directing. The Shield to me and many others is right up there next to The Wire.


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