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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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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]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Rampart 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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Trivia

Michael Chiklis (Vic Mackey), who played the leader of The Barn's Strike Team, would go on to join the cast of Fox's TV series Gotham for its second season as Captain Nathaniel Barnes where he and Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) put together a crime fighting team called the Strike Force. See more »

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Vic Mackey: What the hell are you doing?
Shane Vendrell: I'm not doing anything that we weren't doing before. I'm just pumping things up a level.
Vic Mackey: And what level is that? Prison?
[Shane doesn't answer]
Vic Mackey: All right, where's my investment now?
Shane Vendrell: It's all tied up in the coke shipment.
Vic Mackey: That coke that had Tio's guy bleeding from every orifice?
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Very very very good show...top 3 series finale ever
17 March 2010 | by uncatw6See all my reviews

The shield is one of the best cop shows of all time, only behind "The Wire." The story line is rich and the cast is just brilliant. Michael Chiklis had a career defining role as the brutal Vic Mackey. Chiklis is so good that somehow you continue to root for the guy after all of the brutal crimes he has committed. He truly played that role to perfection. The show continues to get better as the seasons progress. They build on each other perfectly which sets up the epic and heart-wrenching series finale.

As the seasons build, life truly seems to be on the line for every member of the strike team. Walton Goggins, who plays Detective Shane Vendrell, continually got better as the show progressed and gave mind blowing performance in the last two seasons.

What also makes The Shield so rich are the other characters on the show other than the Strike Team. CCH Pounder was brilliant throughout the series and Detective Dutch Waggenbach and Steve Billings both helped balance out the show.

Season long guest stints from stars Forrest Whitaker and Glenn Close helped make this show a top 10 drama of the decade.

If you like "The Wire" or "The Sopranos" then you need to check this show out...It will be worth your time


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