The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions.
Last Episode07x13 Family Meeting Aired: Nov. 25, 2008
The series finale finds the team searching for a missing woman and awaiting a huge drug shipment.
- Detective Vic Mackey
- Detective Shane Vendrell
- Detective Claudette Wyms
- Officer Julien Lowe
- Corrine Mackey
Series Fun Facts
- To prepare for his role as Vic Mackey, not only did Michael Chiklis had to get in shape and special training, but he learned to speak Spanish.
- The police technical consultant to the show told Michael Chiklis that all police officers would love the show, even those above the rank of captain who would denounce it in public.
- By his own admission, creator Shawn Ryan tried to avoid as much as possible very specific time or cultural references so the show had a timelessness quality.