The Shield (2002–2008)
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As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in ... See full summary »

Director:

Clark Johnson

Writers:

Shawn Ryan (created by), Shawn Ryan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Chiklis ... Vic Mackey
Catherine Dent ... Danni Sofer
Paula Garcés ... Tina Hanlon (as Paula Garces)
Walton Goggins ... Shane Vendrell
Michael Jace ... Julien Lowe
Jay Karnes ... Holland Wagenbach
David Marciano ... Steve Billings
Benito Martinez ... David Aceveda
Cathy Cahlin Ryan ... Corrine Mackey
David Rees Snell ... Ronnie Gardocki
CCH Pounder ... Claudette Wyms
Laurie Holden ... Agent Olivia Murray
Michele Hicks ... Mara Sewell Vendrell
Kyle Gallner ... Lloyd Denton
Francesco Quinn ... Beltran
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As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage serial killer's mother. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Creator Shawn Ryan couldn't be on set because the shooting coincide with the beginning of the writers' strike, in which Ryan was really involved. See more »

Quotes

Claudette Wyms: [reading Shane's suicide note] "I guess enough painkillers can make even the worst kind of hurt go away. The thing you need to know is that Mara was innocent, and Jackson was innocent. They didn't know what they were drinking and their last moments together were happy ones. They left the way I first found them, perfect and innocent. They were innocent and they're in Heaven now and we'll always be a family. The guilty ones are me and Vic. Vic led, but I kept following. I don't think one's worse ...
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Los Angeles
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Written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka
Performed by X
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Even the best things have to end
29 November 2008 | by ejschlueterSee all my reviews

Almost 20 years ago, Steven Bochco shocked the world when he created "NYPD Blue". The show was realistic and raw. It pushed the envelope in terms of language, violence, and sexuality. It kept people riveted for years. Then almost 10 years later, Shawn Ryan pushed the envelope even further with his masterpiece, "The Shield." The language was more pervasive. The violence was more graphic. And the sexuality was more explicit. But in taking things to another level, Ryan made a show that will leave impressions with its audience long after the final credits roll. Vic Mackey became the ultimate anti-hero. In the VERY FIRST EPISODE, he shows his true colors when he shoots a fellow cop, who was going to rat him out to the Justice Department. He cuddles up to drug dealers just as easily as he plants evidence on them. Vic and his Strike Team lied, stole, framed people, and even killed. Yet here we were STILL ROOTING for Vic and his crew, despite our own moral dilemmas about doing so. And we loved every minute of it for seven years. Each season just kept us gritting our teeth, watching Vic and his team sink deeper and deeper into an abyss that we (secretly) prayed they might crawl out of. And we felt the pain that they felt when Lem destroyed most of the Armenian Train money, when Vic was being hounded by Lt. Kavanaugh from Internal Affairs, when Shane felt compelled to silence Lem. And the very final episode left us completely breathless, knowing the end is at hand. Some of the "justice" was inevitable (Shane). Some was expected (Ronnie). And some was, as the tagline put it, "twisted" (Vic). The images that perfectly sums up this show are these. Vic telling a perp in Season 1, "Good cop and bad cop left for the day. I'm a different kind of cop." And Vic, Ronnie, and Shane giving Lem his "21-gun salute" at his grave. Bravo, Mr. Ryan. Bravo.


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