The Shield: Season 1 Reviews

October 28, 2019
Because the show spins off into so many different directions, The Shield never loses steam, always creating some controversy and shocking the viewer whenever Mackey and his team break the rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 26, 2019
These might not be comforting characterizations, but they make for compelling television.
October 25, 2019
There isn't a single decent person in The Shield and that makes it the both the most devastating critique of America and the must-watch show of the season.
October 25, 2019
Does The Shield make for good television? Only if you think good TV stimulates and provokes.
October 25, 2019
The cast is excellent and the writing is competent -- but the show could be better than it is.
March 29, 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
January 9, 2019
Mackey and Aceveda are just two of a show full of interesting characters played by a strong cast that includes CCH Pounder, Jay Kames, Catherine Dent and Michael Jace.
January 9, 2019
Boy, is Mackey one angry guy. And, man, do I love that kind of anger in a cop drama.
January 9, 2019
By this week's season finale, [Vic Mackey] has become the most memorable, divisive and hard-to-pin-down character of the TV season--and his series, a lesson in the difference between network and cable TV making.
November 20, 2018
Surprisingly... all of this feels extremely new, which, of course, it isn't.
November 20, 2018
It's not just Ryan's plotting that makes "The Shield" stand out. The dialogue simply captures the odd, humorous conversations people have every day.
August 18, 2018
From the first scene...to the last...[the pilot] is a riveting, unsettling introduction to a show that will be all about, as Mackey (Michael Chiklis) describes himself, not a good cop or a bad cop but "a different kind of cop."
August 17, 2018
[The season 1 finale] is easily the hardest episode of The Shield yet.
August 14, 2018
Choosing to build a series around an antihero is one thing. But making it impossible to root for him doesn't bode well for repeat business.
August 8, 2018
Chiklis plays this role to the hilt, lavishly displaying Vic's arrogance while letting us catch an occasional glimmer of his conscience.
August 8, 2018
No, this is not a show for sissies.
August 8, 2018
The writing is superb, the acting performances top notch, and there are plenty of other nuances that, compacted, make this cop show one painful punch in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 30, 2018
The Shield is one of the best television shows ever made, full stop, overflowing with powerful performances and top-shelf writing. It's an ultraviolent, sleazy, thrilling, impossibly twisty series... Really, I can't say enough good things about it.
June 15, 2018
The show grabs the viewer by the throat from the very first episode - the shocking ending of which sets up seven seasons of superb drama.
December 7, 2017
The Shield may be unoriginal, but as commercial entertainment it is also sleek, provocative and dynamic.