The Shield: Season 1 (2002)



Critic Consensus: While there is certainly no shortage of cop dramas, The Shield's thrilling first season offers a unique perspective and provocative performances that will leave viewers breathless.


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Air date: Mar 12, 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 (15) | Top Critics (8)

After the shocking events of last season's finale, The Shield has now entered into one of its most ominous and engrossing plotlines yet.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Boy, is Mackey one angry guy. And, man, do I love that kind of anger in a cop drama.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not just Ryan's plotting that makes "The Shield" stand out. The dialogue simply captures the odd, humorous conversations people have every day.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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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."

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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[The season 1 finale] is easily the hardest episode of The Shield yet.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Aug 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.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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