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The Shield: Season 1 Photos
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Cast & Crew
Officer Julien Lowe
Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer
Det. Vic Mackey
Det. Shane Vendrell
Capt. David Aceveda
Det. Holland " Dutch" Wagenbach
Det. Claudette Wyms
Assistant Chief Ben Gilroy
There isn't a single decent person in The Shield and that makes it the both the most devastating critique of America and the must-watch show of the season.
Does The Shield make for good television? Only if you think good TV stimulates and provokes.
By this week's season finale, [Vic Mackey] has become the most memorable, divisive and hard-to-pin-down character of the TV season--and his series, a lesson in the difference between network and cable TV making.
Surprisingly... all of this feels extremely new, which, of course, it isn't.
Because the show spins off into so many different directions, The Shield never loses steam, always creating some controversy and shocking the viewer whenever Mackey and his team break the rules.
These might not be comforting characterizations, but they make for compelling television.
The cast is excellent and the writing is competent -- but the show could be better than it is.
After the shocking events of last season's finale, The Shield has now entered into one of its most ominous and engrossing plotlines yet.
Mackey and Aceveda are just two of a show full of interesting characters played by a strong cast that includes CCH Pounder, Jay Kames, Catherine Dent and Michael Jace.
Boy, is Mackey one angry guy. And, man, do I love that kind of anger in a cop drama.
Audience Reviews for The Shield: Season 1
Jan 19, 2021The birth of a new TV classic, in spite of the often gratuitous violence
Aug 06, 2020It seems hard not to compare it to The Wire which doesn't hold a candle to; it is a solid 'gritty cop drama.'
Jul 06, 2020I hate almost everything, but this is a pretty darn good show. Let me paint a picture for you: a short, fat, bald, dumb, white pig is a dirty cop who ruins the lives of the white people who are his closest friends and family. He also ruins his own life, too! Wow! Great show! Vic Mackey is the lead character in this awesome show and he is the aforementioned fat, dumb, white pig who is a dirty cop. He has no problems with murdering other white people, e.g. a white cop named Terry Crowley who is a snitch. He has no problems cheating on his white wife, Corinne, with fellow cop Danny Sofer. He bullies his white co-worker, Dutch. Pig Fatty, oops, I mean Vic Mackey, runs a team of all white cops called the Strike Team. They are all corrupt like Big Fatty. One of them, Shane, is a good ol' boy from the South who is a racist. Another, Lem, looks, sounds, and acts like a forty-year-old teenager. The last of them, Ronnie, sucks so much they barely give him any lines or screen time. Ha ha. All of their lives are brought to ruin by their own corrupt shenanigans. Fantastic. Really, bravo, bravissimo! But, I do have a few gripes about this show about white men ruining their own lives. First, Pig Mackey never shows one ounce of remorse about killing the white cop snitch Terry Crowley by shooting him right in the face, but later in the show, Bald Fatty seems morally outraged about another cop's scheme to get rich by buying up land in an area that has been intentionally deprived of police resources. Come on, really? If anything the fat pig Mackey should have demanded a cut of the action and then tried to take over the scheme himself. Don't the writers know their own character? Secondly, most of the seven seasons of this show are just fallout from the Strike Team's money train heist. I felt that there should have been one or two seasons at most of the money train heist fallout and then the show should have moved on to something else. It's like the writers just fell in love with the idea of the Strike Team suffering the consequences of their greed and never moved past it. Third, throughout the series the writers conjure up several nemeses for Pig Mackey, but most of them are actually kind of lame, especially Armadillo, played by Danny Pino. The actor does the worst Spanish accent, too. Fourth, there is way too much plot armor surrounding Big Fatty at times. One especially egregious instance is when he and the Strike Team smuggle Armadillo's brother into the States. Big Fatty's plan is utterly stupid and someone that stupid only survives due to massive plot armor. Fifth, the writers really have a fetish for significant others and hangers-on who are annoying as all hell and/or total screw-ups: Tomas Motyashik, Mara, Mara's mom, Emolia, Kavanaugh's ex-wife, and Connie. Makes me wonder about the significant others of the writers and the people the writers choose to associate with. Finally, the series ends with the fat white pig having ruined his own life and the lives of everyone around him -- his wife and children have left him and are in witness protection, his daughter has turned into a "problem child" due to his bad influence, his Strike Team members are all dead or in jail, he won't be on the streets like he wants to -- but he ends up an ICE officer who gets to keep a gun in his desk even though he totally doesn't need it at all for his new job. His new employers antagonize him by relegating him to a boring desk job writing reports. Um, why would you antagonize a known cop killer who has lost everything and has nothing to lose and keeps a gun in his desk at work? Sometimes the writing on this show can be really dumb. But, I really did enjoy this show, though.
Jun 12, 2019I was excited to finally give this show a watch, but I'm underwhelmed by the quality of its writing and its insanely high scores from the audience and critics. It's a grittier version of the Rockford Files or Hill Street Blues or NYPD Blue, but the writing is SO heavy handed and some of the performances are just awful. The tone is all over the place from melodrama to overwrought preaching to dark humor to simple farce. They tried to pack too much into this show, and I honestly don't think they could decide what they were trying to be except different. The execution of what is a perfectly fine concept is just sloppy and inconsistent. Some good, sure, but nowhere near the top of peak TV of the last 20 years. It's simply trying way too hard and the humanity of its characters gets lost. There is no one to care about because they are all drawn so thin. At times it feels like an SNL skit about a gritty cop TV show.
Jun 11, 2018Gripping immorality.
Jun 04, 2017Still one of the best TV crimes dramas there has been. So gritty, so entertaining. Vic Mackey is such a great character. Maybe went a bit crazy in the last couple of seasons but still a brilliant show.
Jul 12, 2016Michael Chiklis, Walton Goggins, and unique cinematography for this genre of TV. But after an absolutely phenomenal first episode, it stops being as good, and it honestly kind of waters down or diminishes what happened in the pilot.