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The Shield: Season 1 (2002)




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A corrupt and brutal LA detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighbourhood ravaged by drugs and gangs.


Michael Chiklis
as Det. Vic Mackey
Benito Martinez
as Capt. David Aceveda
CCH Pounder
as Det. Claudette Wyms
Walton Goggins
as Det. Shane Vendrell
Catherine Dent
as Off. Danny Sofer
Michael Jace
as Off. Julien Lowe
Kenny Johnson
as Lemonhead Lemansky
Jay Karnes
as Det. Dutch Wagenbach
Elimu Nelson
as Derrick Tripp
John Diehl
as Asst. Chief Gilroy
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Critic Reviews for The Shield: Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

The show grabs the viewer by the throat from the very first episode - the shocking ending of which sets up seven seasons of superb drama.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Choosing to build a series around an antihero is one thing. But making it impossible to root for him doesn't bode well for repeat business.

August 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Chiklis plays this role to the hilt, lavishly displaying Vic's arrogance while letting us catch an occasional glimmer of his conscience.

August 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The Shield is one of the best television shows ever made, full stop, overflowing with powerful performances and top-shelf writing. It's an ultraviolent, sleazy, thrilling, impossibly twisty series... Really, I can't say enough good things about it.

July 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Surprisingly... all of this feels extremely new, which, of course, it isn't.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

From the first the last...[the pilot] is a riveting, unsettling introduction to a show that will be all about, as Mackey (Michael Chiklis) describes himself, not a good cop or a bad cop but "a different kind of cop."

August 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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