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The Shield (2002 - 2008)

The Shield (2002 - 2008)

AVERAGE TOMATOMETER

90%
90%

AVERAGE AUDIENCE SCORE

98%

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Series Info

A corrupt and brutal L.A. detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighborhood ravaged by drugs and gangs. Unusually gritty and graphically violent, but seldom less than riveting, 'The Shield' gets its biggest jolt from the breakout performance by Michael Chiklis as the complex and volatile Vic Mackey. The drama made Emmy history when he won for Lead Actor in a Drama in 2002, the first such win for a basic-cable series.
Creator: Shawn Ryan

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Seasons

97%
Critics Consensus: The Shield's final season maintains the astounding and unrelenting onslaught of drama, violence, and thought-provoking moments of humanity that makes this series so fascinating.

2008, FX, 13 episodes

76%
Critics Consensus: While some might find its violence excessive, The Shield's sixth season nevertheless delivers the kind of jaw-dropping action and meticulous mind games that make this cop drama so riveting.

2007, FX, 10 episodes

100%
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.

2006, FX, 11 episodes

82%
Critics Consensus: The Shield's fourth season experiences some growing pains as it accommodates a guest role by Glenn Close, but the formidable star's chemistry with Michael Chiklis splits the difference.

2005, FX, 13 episodes

93%
Critics Consensus: The Shield offers viewers no buffer between themselves and the corruption of Vic Mackey's crew -- and the series remains all the more compelling for it, compounding each of its vividly-drawn characters' complicity and compromise to harrowing effect in an explosive third season.

2004, FX, 15 episodes

92%
Critics Consensus: The Shield solidifies its status as an exceptional thriller with a sophomore season that doubles down on the squad's moral ambiguity.

2003, FX, 13 episodes

95%
Critics 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.

2002, FX, 13 episodes

Cast

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 Sgt. Danny Sofer
Michael Jace
as Det. Julien Lowe
Kenny Johnson
as Lemonhead Lemansky
Jay Karnes
as Det. Dutch Wagenbach
John Diehl
as Asst. Chief Ben Gilroy
Glenn Close
as Capt. Monica Rawling
Anthony Anderson
as Antwon Mitchell
John Rosenthal
as Matthew Mackey
Forest Whitaker
as Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
David Rees Snell
as Det. Ronnie Gardocki
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
as Corinne Mackey
David Marciano
as Det Steve Billings
Paula Garcés
as Tina Hanlon
Laura Harring
as Becca Doyle
Franka Potente
as Diro Kesakhian
Alex O'Loughlin
as Det. Kevin Hiatt
Laurie Holden
as Agent Olivia Murray
Autumn Chiklis
as Cassidy Mackey
Natalie Zea
as Lauren Riley
Nicki Micheaux
as Detective Trish George
Nigel Gibbs
as Assistant Chief Roy Phillips
Camilia Sanes
as Aurora Aceveda
Andrew Borba
as Vince Peabo
Matt Gerald
as Tommy Hisk
Anna Maria Horsford
as ADA Beth Encardi
Joel Rosenthal
as Matthew Mackey
Onahoua Rodriguez
as Emolia Melendez
Laurence Mason
as Halpern White
F.J. Rio
as Cruz Pazuela
Brian J. White
as Tavon Garris
Michael Peña
as Armando `Army' Renta
Aisha Hinds
as Annie Price
Gareth Williams
as Detective Waylon Burke
Jack Weber
as Matthew Mackey
Vincent Angell
as Owen Thigpen
Rif Hutton
as James Freeman
Ray Campbell
as Kleavon Gardner
Robert Wu
as Wayne "Scooby" Haimes
Tom Yi
as Detective Rodriguez
Kurt Caceres
as Juan Rizano
Elimu Nelson
as Derrick Tripp
Jarvis W. George
as Carl Miller
Matt Corboy
as Ray Carlson
Lucinda Jenney
as Lanie Kellis
Francesco Quinn
as Dias/Beltran
Khary Payton
as Kaliel "Lil Psych" Wilks
Frances Fisher
as Rita Denton
DeLane Matthews
as Stella Sewell
J.J. Boone
as Fatima Gardner
Daniel Dae Kim
as Thomas Choi
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
as Emily Mischner
J.C. MacKenzie
as Detective Kouf
Michael Benyaer
as Goma Magar
Abby Brammell
as Sara Frazier
Jernard Burks
as "Pretty Boy" Pyrums
Michael Papajohn
as Mike Winston
Lydia Look
as Tracy Pok
Cathy Cohlin Ryan
as Corinne Mackey
Marc Anwar
as Skitch
Mia Wesley
as Gail Linley
Douglas Roberts
as Hank Deets
Dominic Hoffman
as Louis Spearling
Leontine Guilliard
as Chenille Jenkins
Melody Garrett
as Lucy McConnell
Gina Torres
as Sadie Kavanaugh
Kevin Cooney
as Agent Lamberti
Michael Bofshever
as Robert Martin
Daniel Arrias
as Salvadorian #1
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Pastor Gus Cruz
Lee Reyes
as Fernando Cruz
Danny Pino
as Armadillo Quintero
Roberto Montesino
as Felix "Blinky" Contreras
Tommy Hinkley
as Captain Steve Briggs
Sandy Mulvihill
as Ms. Emerich
Jordi Caballero
as Aldo Melchor
Garrett M. Brown
as Frank Walker
Keith Pillow
as Reporter #1
Ambrit Millhouse
as Crying Nigerian Woman
Chris Guyton
as Big Crunk
Michael McCafferty
as Bruce White
Ally Walker
as Tori Burke
Ron Canada
as Tom Bankston
Nina Jane Barry
as Officer Cacuzza
Larry Sullivan
as Detective Craig Milne
Cyd Strittmatter
as Liz Walker
Joe Camareno
as Trujillo
Simon Rhee
as John Cho
Gichi Gamba
as Marlon Gault
Ray Stoney
as Walter
James Ryan
as Soren Arnovic
Tara Buck
as Susan Gary
Laura Gray
as Patty Klopp
Caroline Macey
as Doctor's Daughter
Mark Luna
as Suspect
Efrain Figueroa
as Jorge Machado
Clark Gregg
as William Faulks
Mike Batayel
as Yervant
Jim Zulevic
as Detective Camara
Mo Chow
as Derwin
Cari Golden
as Rommi Cohen
Dannon Green
as Geoffrey
David Raibon
as Van Bro
Camillia Sanes
as Aurora Aceveda
Katey Sagal
as Nancy Gilroy
Sheila-Sheila
as Arno's Wife
Vahe Bejan
as Kail Saffian
James Tumminia
as Locker Room Man
Izzy Diaz
as Rodrigo
Pat Healy
as Mike Fletcher
Kelvin Brown
as Fat Benish
Kila Kitu
as Esther
Benita Marti
as Rahdika
Oded Gross
as Jon Nadler
Linda Castro
as Mrs. Gopez
Yasmine Abriel
as Cappacina
Patrick O'Connor
as Romero's Lawyer
T.J. Hall
as Randall
Rudy Moreno
as Javier Sanchez
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Joanna Faulks
Michael Yavnieli
as Bomb Squad Techie
Ammar Daraiseh
as Gilbos Arkelian
Juan Carlos
as Spotter
Aixala
as Xiomara
Lombardo Boyar
as Ernesto Dienta
Stephen Hornyak
as Sapperstein
Arnell Powell
as Darantay
RonReaco Lee
as Taylor Orrs
Chris Palmquist
as Dean Warrison
Bunnie Rivera Siler
as Irma Maldonado
Matt Spangler
as Darnell Garry
Paul Ben-Victor
as Paul Reyes
Glen Badyna
as Larry McBride
Marisa Lauren
as Cromo's Girl
Yelyna de Leon
as Valentina
Jane Lanier
as Medical Examiner
Giovanni Lopes
as Hielo Gutierrez
Joseph Griffin
as Preston `Kasper' Milford
Elizabeth Jayne Hong
as Screaming Korean Wife
J.R. Smith
as Mr. Gordon
Frank Alvarez
as Mauricio Ochoa
Nathanial Moon
as Officer Ben
Dwayne L. Barnes
as Olias "Link" Linkletter
Patrick Montes
as Dr. Ausanta
Paul Hewitt
as Mark Baron
Lennie Lofton
as Thomas Rennel
John Cygon
as Chief Johnson
Wanya Green
as Taniesha
Kevin Nichols
as McReeder
Alex Fernandez
as Bob Mamyn
Luis Villata
as Ofc. Avila
Joe Geraty
as Marshall
Rubin Rubio
as Gualberto
Said Faraj
as Det. Baham/Babak Gruhani
John Hillard
as Ted Shusett
Kiran Rao
as Dr. Genty
Ken Cosby
as Clerk #1
Yvans Jourdain
as Storeowner
Mark Ivanir
as Alex Kozadav
Joe Ordaz
as Gallegos
Jackson Kuehn
as Billy Boyd
Teres Byrne
as Rachel Carlino
Richard Augustine
as Morgan Ehrenhaft
Luis Robledo
as Otilio Ramirez
Bert Rosario
as Plumber
Yul Spencer
as Tyrez `Spank' Wallace
Rita Jett
as Clerk #2
Suyun Kim
as Korean Hostess
Wells Rosales
as Tito Bueno
Bob Rumnock
as Paul Sandersen
Melissa Paull
as Trina Ehrenhaft
John J. Acosta
as Old Latino Man
Lance Irwin
as Agent Gallagher
Larry Cedar
as Stan Carlino
Susan Oh
as Korean Woman
Earnestine Phillips
as Shonda Cromwell
Patricia Forte
as Othelia Cooke
Julia Vera
as Abuela
Jeff Leaf
as Jimmy Boyd
Ken Garcia
as Chaydez
Debbie Fan
as Reporter #2
Sheri Goldner
as Bartender
Gregory White
as Fire Captain
Matthew Solomon
as Delivery Guy
Christopher May
as Drew Crowley
Dennis W. Hall
as Prison Guard
Noah Sife
as Local
Ronnie Warner
as Terrence
C.W. Pyun
as Korean Man
Dennis W. Hall
as Prison Guard
Jeffrey Lorient
as Freebo Bokamp
Gregory Prather
as Reverend Brock
C.J.
as Clerk #5
Peggy Miley
as Lou-Anne Klopp
Sean Blakemore
as John Sullivan
Robert Vasquez
as Emanuel Olivo
Herzl Tobey
as Armin Chorekian
Aydiee Vaughn
as Clerk #6
Yuji Hasegawa
as Korean Man
Perry Smith
as Realtor
Adina Porter
as Thelma Burrell
Darrow Igus
as Al Porter
Abel Soto
as Dustino
Jerry Lorient
as Weebo Bokamp
Aaron Frazier
as Yancy Backus
Jeanette Miller
as Isabel Nelson
Eric Lange
as Robert
Ruben Garfias
as Rigoberto
Herman Wilkins
as Jantell Davis
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Idisa Okoye
Jocko Sims
as Anquoin
Michael Edward Thomas
as Montell Choatson
La Monde Byrd
as Jason Porter
Gary 'G-Thang' Johnson
as DeKnight Izdark
Cal Gibson
as Albert
Greg Eagles
as Agent Hendricks
Lennie Loftin
as Thomas Rennel
Rico E. Anderson
as Ned Eritano
Matt Polino
as Tejado Martez
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Gideon Mazell
Alina Cenal
as Principal
Alan DeSatti
as Zal Gruhani
Derek Webster
as Art Gadwah
Christopher Smith
as Random White Clerk
Tom Ayers
as Guage
Cathy Lind Hayes
as Heidi Prue
Steve Sotelo
as Ranchero
Howard Mungo
as Munson Jeffers
Sophia Egharevba
as Sanura Okoye
Bon Ogle
as George
Brian Howe
as Carlos Morganza
Afemo Omilami
as Agent Nell
Pamela Shaddock
as Vonda Miller
Rickey T. Chaney
as Jaden Reid
John Cygon
as Eric Zuckerman
Tom Choi
as Sheriff
Jay Phillips
as Jamani Phipps
Benita Barti
as Rahdika
Baadja-Lyne Odums
as Diana Peabo
Sy Richardson
as Brother William
Cliff Weissman
as Lenny Scaglia
Gloria Garayua
as Concepcion
Natalie Amenula
as Magdalena
Derk Cheetwood
as Jarred Stawl
Chris Williams (XII)
as Agent Quigley
Derek Mears
as Crazyhouse
Julieta Espinoza
as Crying Woman
Omar J. Dorsey
as Jamal Perriman
Dave Matos
as IAD Tech
Eloy Méndez
as Hidalgo
Joanie Tomsky
as Tasha Reynolds
Bradley James
as Milo Renfrew
Bradley James
as Milo Renfrew
Maya Goodwin
as Lisa Masters
Lydia Blanco
as Lydia Quall
Janelle Giumarra
as Eliza Morales
Kwesi Boakye
as Wendell
Tanee McCall
as Liberty
Roger Marks
as Yosef Rabinowitz
Bree'Anna Banks
as Angie Stubbs
Ata
as Mover
Silas Weir Mitchell
as Father Morton
Yoann Cifuentes
as Avram Rabinowitz
Danielle Barbosa
as Mrs. Trujillo
Sterling Ardrey
as Demetrius
Tom Schmid
as Agent Grossman
Cullen Douglas
as Dr. Lesser
Tom O'Keefe
as Tom Franklin
Rodney Lane Holland
as Bobby Franklin
Tom Holiday
as Reverend
Romeo Fabian
as Alejandro
Kamau Holloway
as Sindwinder
Ryan Gesell
as Lars Vanderveen
Caryn Ward
as Queenie
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Mikula Popovich
Alice Lin
as Shopkeeper
Al Faris
as Gas Station Attendant
Al Cruz
as Bonilla
Sal Lopez
as Barba
Jos Viramontes
as Emilio Borrego
Cooper Huckabee
as Irving Heep
Jennifer Echols
as Peaches Pyman
Steve Cell
as Cobalt
Ken Jeong
as Skip Osaka
Sue Turner-Cray
as Patricia Martin
Javier Ronceros
as Ramon Ozozco
Necar Zadegan
as Dr. Lucine
Hannah Cox
as Allison
Stacy Hall
as Uni No. 1
Perry Smith
as Realtor
Joe Chacon
as Lil Muerto
Ray Auxais
as Edmund
Roy Jackson
as Damon Leeks
Sam Scarber
as Boo Ray
Dan Warner
as Uni No. 2
Ray Auxais
as Edmund
Casey Washington
as Jimmy Barnes
Micah Cohen
as Process Server
Steve Turner
as Verdice
Efia Pearson
as Meth Mom
Henry Watson
as Uni No. 1
Vicky Espinoza
as Camille Barba
Jaysea Gari
as Maritza
Bill Lee Brown
as Auctioneer
Jerry Hernandez
as Young Salvadoran
Karla Zamudio
as Maria Romero
Bill Ferrell
as Mickey's Dad
Jackie Chavez
as Graciela
Di Quon
as Esther
Hope Shapiro
as Rachael Johnson
Wrenna Monet
as Tina's Body Double
Margarita Reyes
as Woman With Baby
Jennifer Delaeo
as Noelle Echevarria
Jeff Campbell
as Motel Neighbor
Malcolm Foster Smith
as Police Officer
Zone
as Jamal
Skyy John
as Surinam
Ramona DuBarry
as Latina Mother
E.L. James
as Security Guard
Loretta Jean
as Trinket
Alberto Isaac
as ER Doctor
Adam Donshik
as Sheriff
Craig Patton
as Det. Keefe
Niko Posey
as Pharmacist No. 2
Roy Vongtama
as Paramedic
Mike Foy
as Bones
Andy Holt
as Lee's Lawyer
Felix Pabon
as Enrique
Jessica Ord
as Female Guard
Billy Hauer
as Tow Truck Driver
Richard Voigts
as Pharmacist No. 1
Dabir Snell
as Rebound
Demond Robertson
as Mike Chones
Omari Hughes
as Older Kid
Joshua Walker
as Gangbanger
Betty Garcia Rainey
as Mexican Woman
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