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  • TV-MA
  • 2002
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.7  (87,772)

The Shield is an American crime thriller series that aired on FX from 2002 to 2008. The show revolves around a group of police officers working in the fictional Los Angeles district of Farmington, which is known for high crime rates and gang violence. The main character of the show is Detective Vic Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis. Vic is a tough and aggressive police officer who doesn't play by the rules. He leads an experimental anti-gang task force known as the Strike Team, which is known for its brutal tactics and disregard for the law.

Despite his unorthodox methods, Vic is deeply committed to his job and his fellow officers. He cares deeply about the people in his community, and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

The rest of the main cast includes David Rees Snell as Detective Ronnie Gardocki, Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling, Catherine Dent as Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer, Reed Diamond as Detective Terry Crowley, and Paula Garcés as Officer Tina Hanlon.

Throughout the series, the characters deal with a wide range of criminal activity, including drug trafficking, murder, theft, and corruption within the police department. They also face personal struggles and conflicts, including addiction, infidelity, and family problems.

One of the most compelling aspects of The Shield is its complex portrayal of police work. The show doesn't shy away from showing the gritty, violent reality of law enforcement, and it often raises important questions about the ethics of policing.

Throughout the series, the characters are forced to weigh the consequences of their actions and confront difficult moral dilemmas. The show also explores issues of race, class, and corruption within the police department, shining a light on the systemic problems that can plague law enforcement.

The Shield is also notable for its high production values and intense, suspenseful storytelling. The show is expertly paced, with thrilling action sequences and shocking twists that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The writing is top-notch, with strong character development and nuanced, thought-provoking themes.

Overall, The Shield is a must-watch for fans of crime dramas and police procedurals. With its gripping storytelling, complex characters, and unflinching portrayal of the challenges and controversies of law enforcement, it remains one of the most groundbreaking and influential shows of its era.

The Shield is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (90 episodes). The series first aired on March 12, 2002.

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Family Meeting, Part 2
14. Family Meeting, Part 2
November 26, 2008
An upstart mayoral candidate troubles Aceveda. Shane, pinned down by the cops with his family, takes desperate action. Dutch interrogates Lloyd about Rita's disappearance.
Family Meeting Part 2
14. Family Meeting Part 2
November 25, 2008
As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage serial killer's mother.
Family Meeting
13. Family Meeting
November 25, 2008
As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage serial killer's mother.
Possible Kill Screen
12. Possible Kill Screen
November 18, 2008
Olivia works with the Strike Team to catch a Mexican drug lord. Meanwhile, Dutch has to clean up Billings' mess, and Claudette investigates the death of a woman connected to the Strike Team.
Petty Cash
11. Petty Cash
November 11, 2008
Corrine agrees to work with Dutch and Claudette while also serving as go-between for Vic and Shane. Meanwhile, Claudette pairs Ronnie up with Julien to investigate the murder of a high school football player.
Party Line
10. Party Line
November 4, 2008
Dutch and Claudette acquire a new ally in the department's effort to take down Vic. Meanwhile, Vic tries to manipulate the situation with Pezuela, ICE, and Aceveda. Ronnie ponders whether he should give up fighting and leave.
Moving Day
9. Moving Day
October 28, 2008
The Barn is on the hunt for two fugitives. Aceveda encounters some obstacles to his quest to be mayor. Meanwhile, Dutch gets personal with a suspect's mother.
8. Parricide
October 21, 2008
When his plan goes awry, Shane races against time to tie up any loose ends that will lead to trouble for him. Vic confronts a priest who might be harboring drug dealers. Dutch and Billings are close to finding two attempted cop killers, and Corrine learns some things about Vic.
Bitches Brew
7. Bitches Brew
October 14, 2008
Vic's mission to take down Pezuela is interrupted due to his review board meeting being pushed ahead---followed by a bigger snag when the FBI take over the Robert Martin murder case. Meanwhile, Vic is determined to take part in his infant son's life. Shane works in private business as he probes the murder of a prostitute. Plus, Dutch and Billings are disturbed by their findings when they investigate the break-in at Claudette's house.
Camille Brown
6. Camille Brown
October 7, 2008
Vic sets plans in motion to end the gang threat as his relationship with Cassidy deteriorates. Dutch and Billings investigate a possible somnambulist murderer.
Game Face
5. Game Face
September 30, 2008
The Strike Team must free the kidnapped daughter of a drug kingpin without tipping off the fact that Agent Olivia Murray is following him. Meanwhile, serial killer Kleavon Gardner, who will be defending himself at his trial, hits a nerve when he disposes Claudette. Also, Dutch continues to try and prove that teenager Lloyd, is a possible serial killer. Then, Danny puts the pressure on Vic to sign away his rights to their child, and Shane tries to turn Ronnie against Vic.
4. Genocide
September 23, 2008
Vic sets up a meeting with the Mexican's following the fire at the Armenian safe house, believing the Mexican's have Pezuela's blackmail box. Meanwhile, an angry Cassidy questions Danny about her father; and Dutch questions a teen who shot at an intruder, who happens to be the youth's classmate.
Money Shot
3. Money Shot
September 16, 2008
Vic tries to finagle his way into favor with the Armenian mob by selling himself as a valuable commodity; Corrine is unexpectedly entangled in legal problems; Tina sets her sights on a businessman who specializes in adult entertainment.
2. Snitch
September 9, 2008
Vic finds himself a valuable commodity to both sides of the Mexican-Armenian gang war which is heating up. Meanwhile, Farmington is hit with black-on-white violence; Vic is confronted by Corrine and Cassidy; and an Anglo rock singer is killed when hit by a cement block dropped by someone in her predominately Hispanic apartment building.
The Coefficient of Drag
1. The Coefficient of Drag
September 2, 2008
The series final season begins with Vic dealing with family threats and being challenged by Shane. Meanwhile, a federal agent investigates a rash of violence in Farmington.
Where to Watch The Shield
The Shield is available for streaming on the FX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Shield on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 12, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (87,772)