The Shield: Season 6 Reviews

October 25, 2019
The super-shaky camera and worn-out theme music continue to grate, but the series itself is still very solid crime fare.
October 25, 2019
This crime drama moves quickly and energetically. The series turns up the showmanship, bringing back Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker as a guest star. The Shield jabs with superb acting and punches with raw, adult storytelling.
October 25, 2019
Right now there's nothing on "The Shield" that needs fixing.
February 20, 2019
I could almost accept Season Six as the end of the series. It wouldn't be neat and tidy, but it might be passable.
February 20, 2019
Some of this is powerful, alluring, even invigorating. Much of it, though, is a rerun through a knee-deep, leech-infested cesspool.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 15, 2019
After the shocking events of last season's finale, The Shield has now entered into one of its most ominous and engrossing plotlines yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
December 4, 2018
This pulp plotting and characterization means that everyone gets something interesting to do, but it also means that the fine points of emotion and psychology are sublimated in favor of shouting matches.
November 21, 2018
Vic Mackey is the kind of bad cop that Shakespeare would dream up, if he were in the business of penning procedural dramas.
November 20, 2018
It wasn't a knock-the-wind-out-of-you finale, but "The Shield" knows itself - its strengths, its limits - has a way with unresolved resolutions.
November 20, 2018
After last season's landmark would be hard for The Shield to match, let alone top, itself. And it did not. Instead, it turned, for one brief night, into an episode of 24.
November 17, 2018
Based on the first half-dozen episodes of the sixth year, there will be no limping to the finish line.
November 17, 2018
The mind games that now dominate The Shield are every bit as exciting as the suspect-slamming interrogations that initially made Mackey famous as an Andy Sipowicz 2.0 - a scowling cynic with more muscles and fewer morals.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 18, 2018
I don't want to give away what happens, but the last moments of the season will leave your jaw hanging wide open. How Vic slithers out of his latest crisis - and who ends up as his ally - well, you may not believe it.
August 18, 2018
Even knowing that the episodes were meant to be for another season, Season 6 creates a storyline for its characters which makes the creation of these ten episodes as its own season worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 15, 2018
"Spanish Practices" isn't very intense, and its drama isn't very immediate, especially for a season finale.
February 28, 2018
The scenes of police brutality, rape and street violence are excessive.
October 18, 2017
Less a season in its own right than a ten-episode extension of the previous one, The Shield's sixth year is a short but intense fix of Shaun Ryan's exceptional cop drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5