The Shield: Season 5 (2006)


Season 5
The Shield

Critics Consensus

The Shield's suspenseful fifth season introduces a worthy foe for Vic Mackey in the form of internal affairs investigator Jon Kavanaugh, played with marvelously agitated energy by Forest Whitaker.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 26
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Air date: Jan 10, 2006
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Air date: Jan 31, 2006
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Air date: Feb 28, 2006
Air date: Mar 7, 2006
Air date: Mar 14, 2006
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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 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 Det. Curtis Lemansky
Jay Karnes
as Det. Dutch Wagenbach
Forest Whitaker
as Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
David Marciano
as Capt. Steve Billings
David Rees Snell
as Det. Ronnie Gardocki
Paula Garcés
as Ofc. Tina Hanlon
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
as Corinne Mackey
Laura Harring
as Becca Doyle
Onahoua Rodriguez
as Emolia Melendez
Nigel Gibbs
as Asst. Chief Roy Phillips
Anthony Anderson
as Antwon Mitchell
Ray Campbell
as Kleavon Gardner
Cathy Cohlin Ryan
as Corinne Mackey
J.J. Boone
as Fatima Gardner
Gina Torres
as Sadie Kavanaugh
Allen Maldonado
as Every-Day
Ally Walker
as Tori Burke
Joe Camareno
as Trujillo
Ammar Daraiseh
as Gilbos Arkelian
Michael Yavnieli
as Bomb Squad Techie
Stephen Hornyak
as Sapperstein
Jordi Caballero
as Aldo Melchor
Laurence Mason
as Halpern White
Joseph Griffin
as Preston `Kasper' Milford
De'Angelo Wilson
as MC Dunn-Good
Frank Alvarez
as Mauricio Ochoa
J.R. Smith
as Mr. Gordon
Joe Geraty
as Marshall
Rubin Rubio
as Gualberto
Luis Villata
as Ofc. Avila
Said Faraj
as Det. Baham/Babak Gruhani
John Cygon
as Chief Johnson
John Hillard
as Ted Shusett
Yul Spencer
as Tyrez `Spank' Wallace
Jackson Kuehn
as Billy Boyd
John J. Acosta
as Old Latino Man
Jeff Leaf
as Jimmy Boyd
Julia Vera
as Abuela
Earnestine Phillips
as Shonda Cromwell
Patricia Forte
as Othelia Cooke
Lance Irwin
as Agent Gallagher
Christopher May
as Drew Crowley
Matthew Solomon
as Delivery Guy
Abel Soto
as Dustino
Robert Vasquez
as Emanuel Olivo
Alina Cenal
as Principal
Alan DeSatti
as Zal Gruhani
Rico E. Anderson
as Ned Eritano
Matt Polino
as Tejado Martez
Gary 'G-Thang' Johnson
as DeKnight Izdark
Derek Webster
as Art Gadwah
John Cygon
as Eric Zuckerman
Rickey T. Chaney
as Jaden Reid
Bon Ogle
as George
Benita Barti
as Rahdika
Joanie Tomsky
as Tasha Reynolds
Natalie Amenula
as Magdalena
Maya Goodwin
as Lisa Masters
Derk Cheetwood
as Jarred Stawl
Dave Matos
as IAD Tech
Eloy Méndez
as Hidalgo
Tanee McCall
as Liberty
Cullen Douglas
as Dr. Lesser
as Mover
Danielle Barbosa
as Mrs. Trujillo
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Mikula Popovich
Alice Lin
as Shopkeeper
Jennifer Echols
as Peaches Pyman
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Critic Reviews for The Shield Season 5

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

In its fifth season, the show is truly better then ever. The noose has been tightening on Vic Mackey and his Strike Team for awhile now, and the tragic but inevitable results are now coming forth in a big way.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The end of the Strike Team has always been a likely outcome for this series inspired in part by the Ramparts scandal. The trick is, it makes you feel so uneasy. How did these bullies and punks come to be the heroes?

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

In addition to the overarching story of Vic being investigated by the department, episodes are as tense and exciting as ever.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The fifth season of [The Shield] showcased some of the most thoughtful and dramatic acting and storytelling of the year, all the while keeping us on our toes anticipating what would come next.

Aug 15, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

When you watch [the season 5 finale] "Postpartum" as the emotional climax of a five-year story like a normal person, you see how much is contained in that final act.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The fifth season gets off to a good start-gnarly, cranky and muscular-for those ethically loosey-goosey policemen of the Barn.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Sign me up for whatever comes next!

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

If this isn't the last season for The Shield, I fear that the Wile E. Coyote-Road Runner routine that pits Aceveda (Benito Martinez) and Kava-naugh against Mackey will start to grow stale.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

With writing and acting this outstanding, it wouldn't be wrong to hope that Vic slithers out of trouble again to give us more of The Shield's gripping, morally complex drama.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Television's most compelling cop serial has figured out a way to make up for the loss of Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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