The Shield: Season 1 Reviews

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.
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.
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 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
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.