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The Shield 7 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,630) IMDb 8.7/10

Breaking the conventions of the cop genre, this popular and critically acclaimed series plays out in the tough, morally ambiguous world of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in which the line between good and evil is crossed every day.

Starring:
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

A politically ambitious LAPD captain comes up against a streetwise detective who isn't above bending the rules in his effort to fight crime as he enriches himself and his men.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: March 12, 2002
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2. Our Gang

Following the shooting death of a police department informant, Aceveda turns up the heat in is investigation of Mackey and his Strike Team.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: March 19, 2002
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3. The Spread

Vic imprisons a basketball star to influence the outcome of an upcoming game; Dutch and Claudette nab a egotistical rapist out to impregnate as many women as possible.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: March 26, 2002
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4. Dawg Days

A dispute over an up-and-coming singer's success erupts in a gang war that threatens to bring Vic down, too; a case that could help Aceveda's political future sends Dutch and Claudette searching for a missing day laborer.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: April 2, 2002
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5. Blowback

Mackey must recover the stolen evidence from a drug bust before Aceveda is able to pin he theft on him.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: April 9, 2002
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6. Cherrypoppers

As Dutch's theory about a serial killer preying on prostitutes proves true, he convinces Aceveda to launch an all out effort to find him before he strikes again; Julien decides to bring down Vic for stealing drugs.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: April 16, 2002
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7. Pay In Pain

The murder of seven gang members has Vic be teamed with a Latino detective assigned to crack the case.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: April 23, 2002
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8. Cupid & Psycho

As the Strike Team is reassigned pending the investigation in the theft of evidence, Vic teams with Claudette in order to keep some deadly drugs off the street.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: April 30, 2002
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9. Throwaway

Lemonhead sets out to make things right following his shooting of an unarmed man.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: May 7, 2002
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10. Dragonchasers

As Dutch uncovers a lead to the serial killer, a reporter questions force Aceveda to explain problems he thought were buried far in the past.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 14, 2002
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11. Carnivores

A confrontation between a local drug dealer and Black Muslims places Vic in danger of being exposed.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 21, 2002
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12. Two Days Of Blood

As a deployment policy leads to a double homicide that places Aceveda in the hot seat with potential voters, Vic is forced to help Gilroy avoid being implicated in a hit and run.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 28, 2002
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13. Circles

As cop killings strike Farmington, Aceveda is caught between two corrupt cops looking to save their own skins.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: June 4, 2002
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Great show, but why did you remove it from prime. I was halfway through, this is ridiculous, I pay for prime so I can watch things like this. A little warning at least would be nice.
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Unfair, uncool, and unprofessional to remove the show from prime with no notice. I was mid way thru season 3 and really enjoying it.
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I love this show! I first got into it after reading some of the reviews posted here on these Season One dvds, so I thought I would give it a try and I purchased this complete season. I am truly glad that I did. I was hooked from the first episode to the last and I am now watching Season 2 on FX. What makes this show far better than all the other cop shows is that the production value is more in line with HBO or a movie than a cable television show. The acting is extremely good as are the scripts and dialogue. Even though Vic and his team are labeled "dirty" cops you can't help but root for them in the end. Michael Chiklis deserved his Golden Globe award for best actor, he takes on this role as if Vic Mackey was himself in a former life. I was also glad this show won the award for best drama series on TV. If you haven't seen the show yet and are unsure if you would like it, give it a try. It's a bit brutal and graphic, but by the time you finish the final episode, "Circles," you will be speechless, praying to catch repeats of Season 2.
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The Shield...great show. Amazon Prime - BOOO! I finally found something on Prime worth watching after two years, get into it, and then you yank it. No notice, on a Wednesday, not at the end of a month, just poof! Poof you.
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Very unhappy that I could watch The Shield for free yesterday with my prime membership, but now they want to charge me for it today. I may not renew my membership if they do things like this.
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Shawn Ryan's raw, gritty and excellent The Shield on the FX Channel gives the well-worn cop-drama genre a lethal dose of adrenaline. The Shield is not your dad's old type of cop show. Where shows like Law and Order (and its many spin-offs) shows cops at their honorable best, Ryan's series shows that there are also tragically flawed men who wear police blues.

The Shield and its main character Vic Mackey (excellently played by Michael Chiklis) shows the dark, seedy underbelly of police work in a multi-ethnic district of Los Angeles. The show uses the real-life, scandal of the LAPD's RAMPART Division and runs with it. Instead of South Central, the show primarily uses the fictional LA district of Farmington as their base of operation. It is an area rife with gang activity, violence and drug-dealing. There's also the racial divisions between the Latino and black communities always in danger of bursting into open violence. Through all this lies Vic Mackey and his RAMPART-like Strike Team. Right from the pilot episode we see that Vic and his men are the true power in Farmington as they try to hold the peace between rival gangs and drug dealers. The Strike Team's intentions are noble, but they've also become so much a part of the problem that they do not see their amoral and corrupt tactics as anything bad. They see things in their district on the verge of anarchy and decided that the only way to save it is to use any means necessary.

The Shield pushes the boundaries of basic-cable shows and teeters right over the edge. All the episodes are well-written with stories and topics seemingly ripped from the headlines. The first season runs the gamut from police corruption, child pornography, rapes, murders, gang violence and cop-killing.
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By Jennifer on February 25, 2015
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Thanks for getting me addicted all the way through BINGE Watching the entire series and removing it from PRIME as I start the final season... NOT cool!!! Very disappointed. I will think HARD before renewing my Prime subscription in June...
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Super annoyed... chose to watch this series because it was Amazon Prime, got through episode 4 watching with my sweetie, enjoying the uniquely adaptable, but utterly amoral anti-hero, only to have the series pulled from Amazon Prime. What gives? You should reveal long beforehand the date you plan to pull these, as netflix does, so people can set their expectations. Grrr.
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