Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Must Watch: The Shield (2002–2008)

Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched.

Why? The Shield was buried in the UK on it’s initial run, screening on some random Channel 5 derivate at 11pm where no one was watching.  Which is a shame as personally for me The Shield rates as one of the best TV shows of  the 20th century.

Over seven seasons The Shield delivered some of the most densely plotted and expertly paced television I’ve ever seen.  A sprawling story of corruption, vengeance and betrayal that took multiple twists and turns along the way.  It’s slice of the seedy side of LA painted a grim picture of crime, gangs and violence that often served both as a case of the week drama and serialised narrative.

It also had an impressive cast.  From Forest Whitaker’s turn as an internal investigator determined to stop Vic to Glenn Close’s driven police chief, The Shield packed some impressive guest stars in it’s run but few could outshine leads Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey and Walton Goggins as Shane Vendrell whose relationship and story drives the shows narrative.  It’s violent, heart breaking, in your face and raw but barely packs a duff episode in it’s run.

How Many Episodes? 88 Episodes (7 Seasons)
Best Moment? Opening episode – Terry Crowley’s death sets the tone for the whole series
Where: Hulu, Amazon, Itunes
Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...