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The Shield

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Breaking the conventions of the cop genre, this popular and critically acclaimed series plays out in the tough, morally ambiguous world of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in which the line between good and evil is crossed every day. Michael Chiklis has won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal of Detective Vic Mackey, leader of the elite Strike Team, an effective but corrupt...
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    12 March 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A politically ambitious LAPD captain comes up against a streetwise detective who isn't above bending the rules in his effort to fight crime as he enriches himself and his men.
  2. 2. Our Gang
    19 March 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Following the shooting death of a police department informant, Aceveda turns up the heat in is investigation of Mackey and his Strike Team.
  3. 3. Dawg Days
    2 April 2002
    45min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A dispute over an up-and-coming singer's success erupts in a gang war that threatens to bring Vic down, too; a case that could help Aceveda's political future sends Dutch and Claudette searching for a missing day laborer.
  4. 4. The Spread
    26 March 2002
    46min
    15
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    English
    Vic imprisons a basketball star to influence the outcome of an upcoming game; Dutch and Claudette nab a egotistical rapist out to impregnate as many women as possible.
  5. 5. Blowback
    9 April 2002
    46min
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    English
    Mackey must recover the stolen evidence from a drug bust before Aceveda is able to pin the theft on him.
  6. 6. Cherrypoppers
    16 April 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As Dutch's theory about a serial killer preying on prostitutes proves true, he convinces Aceveda to launch an all out effort to find him before he strikes again; Julien decides to bring down Vic for stealing drugs.
  7. 7. Pay in Pain
    23 April 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The murder of seven gang members has Vic teamed with a Latino detective assigned to crack the case.
  8. 8. Cupid and Psycho
    30 April 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As the Strike Team is reassigned pending the investigation in the theft of evidence, Vic teams with Claudette in order to keep some deadly drugs off the street.
  9. 9. Throwaway
    7 May 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Lemonhead sets out to make things right following his shooting of an unarmed man.
  10. 10. Dragonchasers
    14 May 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As Dutch uncovers a lead to the serial killer, a reporter questions force Aceveda to explain problems he thought were buried far in the past.
  11. 11. Carnivores
    21 May 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    A confrontation between a local drug dealer and Black Muslims places Vic in danger of being exposed.
  12. 12. Two Days of Blood
    28 May 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As a deployment policy leads to a double homicide that places Aceveda in the hot seat with potential voters, Vic is forced to help Gilroy avoid being implicated in a hit and run.
  13. 13. Circles
    4 June 2002
    46min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As cop killings strike Farmington, Aceveda is caught between two corrupt cops looking to save their own skins.

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Producers
Shawn Ryan
Season year
2002
Network
FX Cable Channel
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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limnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Shield - not for the squeamish but engaging viewing.
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I risked buying this set for two reasons. It had Walton Goggins in it, whose acting in "Justified" had impressed me greatly and the reviews were good. Fortunately these indicators were good and paid off. Walton Goggins is excellent as is the first series of "The Shield".

If you like gritty realism, morally ambivalent characters and what seems like a very realistic portrayal of life in a poor, gang-infested, drug riddled area of L.A this is for you. This is a far cry from the usual Hollywood perfection and it is not for the squeamish or the idealist but is amazingly engaging entertainment. The characters are complex and unstereotypical which ever side of the law that they are supposed to be on and the plots manage to twist and turn but still surprise and shock as well. However there are still moments of understated humour throughout that give a lot of light and shade to the episodes.

American cable television seems to have produced a lot of series, like this one, that have writing and production values that are closer to those of independent film than mainstream television. The camera work on the Shield is exceptional and gives one a real sense of being part of the action and the cynical authorial tone strikes a perfect balance between hard-boiled and human.

There are extras aplenty and some illuminating commentaries included with this set which make it great value too. I now intend to get all the other seasons of the Shield as I am definitely hooked and deserve another big box set.
4 people found this helpful
Roman ClodiaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Utter TV brilliance
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First shown in 2002, this is utterly brilliant TV that went on to become a cultural phenomenon studied on various TV and Film degree courses. The reason for the adulation is the complex moral ambiguity shown throughout the series - but what grips throughout is the sharp writing, the snappy dialogue, the interplay between series narrative and weekly stories and - most of all - the sheer charisma of the acting. At its heart is Chiklis' Vic Mackey with his swaggering violence and his lethal stare offset by his protective love for his family and his genuine tenderness for working girls and children.

The storylines are brutal and hard-hitting, but leavened every week by cynical cop humour and edgy bantering. Watching this makes every other police/thriller series look slow, dull and anodyne - it's a blast, but the very fact that we so often are complicit with the morally-compromised Vic is precisely what makes this so daringly unnerving.
10 people found this helpful
Mr. J. E. ReedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's probably dated by today's standards.
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This is an American TV series that is about these corrupt policemen it doesn't feature dramatic music like other TV shows it's like it's filmed in a documentary style. The episodes all follow the policemen doing stuff and them trying to hide the bad stuff that they have done. Most of the American actors were unknown at the time they made this TV series. It became bigger as the series went on though.
Julian BonserReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fabulous cop drama with NO SWEARING!
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An entertaining and darkly humoured cop series. The stories are compelling and the dialogue is slick and intelligent. A real departure from the run of the mill crime dramas. And joy, THERE'S NO SWEARING!!! This series is testament that a well crafted drama doesn't need the cheap trick of effing and blinding to get peoples attention. I fervently hope that the later series don't resort to swearing as I've just bought 2 through 7!!
8 people found this helpful
Lemon FaceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensational!
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Without doubt one of the finest cop shows to come out of the U.S.A.
I have seen every episode of the Shield and watched this series through twice and will watch again.
The premise of the Shield is very different, the main characters are bad, violent corrupt cops whose lives gradually fall apart
as the Police and F.B.I catch up with them.
There is a linear story line from the first episode to the last with diversions along the way.
The acting is brilliant, this show is very gritty and extremely brutal in places. However the violence is never gratuitous.
The whole series has a beginning, a middle and a very brilliant end, the final episode is one of the best final episodes i have ever seen to a series.
I won't include spoilers, this show is far too good for that, just buy every episode and enjoy.
You will not be disappointed but be aware, bad language and gruesome violence are quite graphic.
The Shield is in my all time top ten of all shows ever. Sensational.
6 people found this helpful
Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ground breaking, shocking, brutal, and in many aspects very realistic show about really, REALLY BAD corrupt cops
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From the very first episode, "The Shield" became immediately my most favourite TV series and even if later I found that "The Wire" was even better, still I faithfully swallowed all the episodes until the terrifying and grandiose finale seven years later. I own all the seasons on DVD and I will keep them for EVER!

I really don't want to provide spoilers, so I will say only the strict minimum about what those extraordinary series are about. Everything happens in the fictional Farmington district of Los Angeles, quite obviously nicknamed "The Farm" and the local police station ("The Barn") is located in a reconverted church. Farmington is possibly the poorest and the toughest district in whole Los Angeles and the level of violent crime there is simply amazing, mostly due to the presence of numerous well armed and extremely violent drug trafficking street gangs. Somehow reflecting the image of the whole Farmington "The Barn" is not exactly in great shape and most of the toilets are frequently out of service, to such a point, that men and women have mostly to share the only facilities left...)))

"The Barn" just received a new captain, tough, efficient and extremely ambitious David Aceveda (brilliant Benito Martinez). Although he received a very tough assignment, in one aspect Aceveda was lucky - his most senior detective is Claudette Wyms (wonderful CCH Pounder), a non-nonsense and tough as nails middle aged woman who is possibly the most dangerous (for offenders) criminal investigator in the whole Los Angeles. Another great asset for "The Barn" is Sergeant Danielle "Danny" Sofer (Catherine Dent), another very tough gal who was simply BORN to be a cop and who now, after 15 years on the force, is especially appreciated as trainer of rookies.

But the real "heroes" of the series are the four guys who form the "Strike Team", an elite anti-gang unit based on the LAPD's real-life Rampart Division CRASH unit. Detective Vic Mackey (amazing Michael Chiklis) is the leader and the rest of the team is composed of his trusted friends Shane Vendrell (Walton Goggins), Curtis "Lem" Lemansky (Kenneth Johnson) and Ronnie Gardocki (David Rees Snell).

Now, from the very first episode one thing is absolutely clear - all the four guys in the "Strike Team" are bad, REALLY BAD COPS! Bad like in corrupt - in fact they are much more dangerous than most of the criminals they put behind bars... However, they do their day jobs pretty well - it's just that they also have a second, very interesting, very lucrative and totally illegal activity (in fact more than one...). And I am not saying more.

There are also some other regular characters, two of which provide most of the humour on the series (yes, albeit very dark, "The Shield" contains also tons of hoots): quite competent but somehow pathetic detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach (Jay Karnes) and a completely demotivated slacker, detective Steve Billings (David Marciano).

Other than the originality of the plot (the "heroes" are bad, corrupt police officers), the main reasons why "The Shield" is such a great show are as follows:

- extremely tense and dramatic plot in every single episode, with unexpected twists and clever surprises
- absolutely brilliant dialogs (with certainly a lot of strong language)
- an absolutely amazing gallery of secondary characters, some of which resurface occasionally in later seasons
- a quite realistic portraying of life in poor ghettos of Los Angeles and of all the racial tensions in those areas, with many incredibly cruel and horrible and occasionally also some hilarious, outlandish events (not all of them criminal) described which were actually inspired by real dramas...
- an excellent camera work in many action scenes, reminding of footage taken by war correspondents working in the first line of battle
- an AMAZING soundtrack mixing gangsta rap, heavy metal and all other kinds of extreme, but mostly very good music

Now, of course the plot is sometimes stretched a little - I cannot imagine that those four guys from "Strike Team" would ever be allowed to continue their murderous criminal rampage for seven years in a real police force. But honestly, I don't complain. In fact I am a little bit sorry, that there couldn't be at least one more season...

Bottom line, this is an AMAZING show, ground breaking and still absolutely UNIQUE when the selection of "heroes" is concerned. To buy, watch, cherish, keep and re-watch! ENJOY!
5 people found this helpful
Mr. R. EHLERSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Give 'The Shield' some of your time!
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We've just finished watching the first version of The Shield and it is terrific - great gritty LA police series that clearly influenced such later police series as 'Southland' (which is also set in LA and which is highly recommended too).

Just one point I want to add: it took us about five episodes to really fall in love with The Shield, so give it a bit of time to work its magic on you. (it took us seven episodes to fall in love with The Wire, another fantastic series).

The extras (on the US import I have) include commentaries, about 20 short deleted scenes (also very good) and a good 20 min, 'making of'.

We're just about to start series 2 - unbelievably, I got great secondhand US import copies of the first four series of The Shield for about £2 each!
3 people found this helpful
FanzerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Very Different Style of Law Enforcement
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Vic Mackey, the principal character of this intense drama, is an anti-hero. A violent, amoral, bent cop with his own way of dishing out justice. I was completely hooked after the first episode and went on to watch the whole 7 Seasons of the show. The Shiled never faltered once, it never failed to deliver, it never failed to surprise. This has to be one of the finest TV productions ever made. Michael Chiklis is both star and producer, and what a talented man he is. His co-stars do not disappoint either and it is not surprising to hear that The Shield was awarded so many Golden Globes and other prizes.
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