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The Shield (2002 - 2008)

The Shield (2002 - 2008)

AVERAGE TOMATOMETER

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

TV Network: FX
Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2002
Genre: Drama
Executive Producers: Scott Brazil, Charles H. Eglee, Glenn Mazzara, Shawn Ryan, Adam E. Fierro, Kurt Sutter, Scott D. Rosenbaum
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