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The Shield

The Shield

FX 2002

The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Shield

The Shield - S7E13

#1 - Family Meeting (Season 7 - Episode 13)

Officers in the Barn investigate a woman's disappearance and the arrival of a large drug shipment; lives change forever.

The episode was rated 8.96 from 388 votes.

The Shield - S5E11

#2 - Post Partum (Season 5 - Episode 11)

As Vic prepares to help Lem get out of the country to begin a new life in Mexico; Kavanaugh and Aceveda attempt to capitalize on the situation by using this as means to try to take down the leader of the Strike Team. Dutch decides to file for a transfer. Meanwhile, Shane tries to cut off the investigation by taking extreme measures and Danny finally confronts the father of her child.

The episode was rated 8.73 from 345 votes.

The Shield - S7E12

#3 - Possible Kill Screen (Season 7 - Episode 12)

Olivia joins forces with the Strike Team to catch a Mexican drug king and his shipment. Meanwhile, Dutch cleans up Billings' mess, and the death of a woman associated with the Strike Team prompts an investigation by Claudette.

The episode was rated 8.68 from 334 votes.

The Shield - S5E10

#4 - Of Mice and Lem (Season 5 - Episode 10)

To the dismay of his friends, a weary Lem is thinking about accepting a deal from the D.A. where he has to plead guilty to the heroin charges. With no other choice, Vic reluctantly meets with Antwon in order to ensure Lem’s safety in prison. Meanwhile, unforeseen circumstances that are beyond Claudette and Dutch’s control might cause irrevocable damage to their friendship.

The episode was rated 8.39 from 326 votes.

The Shield - S5E5

#5 - Trophy (Season 5 - Episode 5)

Via a bug planted in the clubhouse, Kavanaugh monitors the Strike Team as they investigate an illegal prescription drug ring that is proving to be deadly for the people of Farmington. While working on a missing person’s case, Dutch attempts find out what Claudette is hiding.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 338 votes.

The Shield - S6E10

#6 - Spanish Practices (Season 6 - Episode 10)

Claudette notices Hiatt's mistake when he makes an arrest, and Billings delivers shocking news to the department. Vic forms an alliance with Aceveda, while he waits for his review board hearing. Meanwhile, Shane's life keeps spiraling out of control.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 323 votes.

The Shield - S3E15

#7 - On Tilt (Season 3 - Episode 15)

When Aceveda confirms that the Strike Team is the target of an Armenian mob hit, Mackey must take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Whym's career is on the line when she disobeys Aceveda's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.

The episode was rated 8.34 from 353 votes.

The Shield - S5E8

#8 - Kavanaugh (Season 5 - Episode 8)

Kavanaugh seeks the help of Antwon Mitchell in his ongoing quest to take down the Strike Team. In the midst of this, Kavanaugh has a lot on his mind as his ex-wife reenters the picture, and he reluctantly agrees to let Vic send Emolia undercover to infiltrate a Salvadoran gang that is stockpiling grenades.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 332 votes.

The Shield - S1E13

#9 - Circles (Season 1 - Episode 13)

In the aftermath of a riot, cops are being lured into ambush shootings by a rash of bogus 911 calls. Surprisingly Mackey and Captain Aceveda must work together to stop these attacks and solve the problems in The Grove, while Assistant Chief Gilroy tries to pit the two against each other to save his own job.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 443 votes.

The Shield - S7E8

#10 - Parricide (Season 7 - Episode 8)

A local priest may be protecting drug dealers; Dutch and Billings close in on attempted cop killers; Corrine learns uncomfortable truths about Vic.

The episode was rated 8.28 from 310 votes.

The Shield - S6E9

#11 - Recoil (Season 6 - Episode 9)

As progress is being made in the San Marcos investigation, Vic receives bad news about his career. Meanwhile, Shane and Diro become business partners as she prepares to take over the Armenian mob.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 306 votes.

The Shield - S2E13

#12 - Dominoes Falling (Season 2 - Episode 13)

When a gang execution hits close to home for Claudette, Vic, Tavon, and Dutch work together to find the culprit before anyone else gets hurt. Shane, Lemonhead, and Ronnie are forced to choose between hitting the money train without Vic or letting it go. Meanwhile, Danny receives some life changing news and Julien's harassment reaches a whole new level.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 406 votes.

The Shield - S4E13

#13 - Ain't That a Shame? (Season 4 - Episode 13)

Monica, Vic and the strike team work together to put Antwon Mitchell back behind bars after his deal with the DEA released him from prison. When Vic reveals his suspicions of David's connection to both Antwon and an inmate's murder, David must protect his political future at any cost. When the murder of an over-protective father leads Claudette and Dutch back to a foster home they had previously investigated, Monica makes an unpopular decision that helps seal her fate.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 336 votes.

The Shield - S7E10

#14 - Party Line (Season 7 - Episode 10)

While Shane remains holed up in L.A. with Mara and Jackson, Corinne decides to cooperate with Dutch and Claudette, who's now spearheading the LAPD effort to bring down Vic. Meanwhile, Vic plays Aceveda, Pezuela, Beltran and ICE against each other. But Ronnie's tempted to simply give up and run to Mexico. "And you should run too man" he tells Vic.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 314 votes.

The Shield - S6E6

#15 - Chasing Ghosts (Season 6 - Episode 6)

Vic redirects his attention to finding out who really killed Lem after he learns for certain that Guardo wasn't involved. The Strike Team investigates the murder of a politician's daughter. Later, Cassidy confronts her father about his unethical past.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 308 votes.


Last updated: jan 26, 2023


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