Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
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 (if not ANY 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. Its 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.
Its violent, heart breaking, in your face and raw but barely packs a duff episode in it’s run. In short The Shield is and remains essential viewing.
Best Bit: Opening episode – Terry Crowley’s death sets the tone for the whole series
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: The Sopranos, The Wire, Sons Of Anarchy