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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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Series cast summary:
...  Vic Mackey 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Danni Sofer 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Shane Vendrell 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Julien Lowe 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Holland Wagenbach 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  David Aceveda 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Claudette Wyms 89 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Corrine Mackey 83 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Ronnie Gardocki 83 episodes, 2002-2008
...  Curtis Lemansky 66 episodes, 2002-2006
...  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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Prior to the start of the series, star Michael Chiklis had been known mostly for playing the chubby, good natured title character on "The Commish" (1991). Because of the contrast between that characters laid back, affable style, and Vic Mackey's violent and brutal style, Mackey was often referred to in the descriptions of the first season as "The anti-Commish." See more »

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Romero: I'll put my hand on the Bible.
Holland Wagenbach: Not as much fun as putting your hands on another man's wife.
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Featured in The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003) See more »

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One of a kind - a TV Series that actually gets better as it progresses
11 April 2012 | by See 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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