8.8
4,088 votes
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 Worst Episodes of The Shield

The Shield - S1E3

#1 - The Spread

7.61

Season 1 - Episode 3

In a routine sweep to nab every outstanding suspect, the detectives divvy up the warrants. But when they cast their nets, they bring up far bigger fish than expected. Danny and Julien uncover a gun-smuggling operation; and Mackey and his team encounter a pro-basketball star who's in town to play the Lakers, when they bust in on drug dealers. Meanwhile, Claudette and Dutch try to catch a man who has been raping women in an attempt to procreate.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Shield from 552 votes.

The Shield - S4E2

#2 - Grave

7.70

Season 4 - Episode 2

Mackey tries to help an old acquaintance find a wayward teenager, but the search quickly turns ugly when the missing teen appears to have been involved in a shoot-out. Meanwhile, Shane heads out into the field with his new partner Army, teaching him shady police tactics and seeing how far he'll go to be partnered up. Plus, Aceveda spends his last day trying to bury Vic for good, which makes things difficult for Rawling trying to take his place.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Shield from 344 votes.

The Shield - S6E8

#3 - The Math of the Wrath

7.71

Season 6 - Episode 8

Vic learns about his true status at the Barn from Hiatt. Shane gets involved with the daughter of an Armenian mob boss. Claudette begins to question Hiatt's loyalty.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Shield from 304 votes.

The Shield - S3E3

#4 - Bottom Bitch

7.71

Season 3 - Episode 3

A prostitute seeks the help of the police in her quest to bring down her pimp. Claudette assigns Vic against his wishes to the case, which puts him on the verge of going over the edge. Dutch uncovers a disturbing trend of rapes and a politician is arrested for solicitation.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Shield from 387 votes.

The Shield - S1E2

#5 - Our Gang

7.71

Season 1 - Episode 2

Internal Affairs investigates the shooting death of Det. Crowley, but Aceveda speaks starts his own investigation. Meanwhile, Claudette and Dutch investigate the shooting of a churro vendor that ends up in the Strike Team busting up a gang initiation

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Shield from 643 votes.

The Shield - S3E2

#6 - Blood and Water

7.72

Season 3 - Episode 2

Tension within the group begins to mount as the Strike Team attempt to rectify a mistake Vic made when he decided to use some of the cash from the stolen money train during a botched gun-running sting. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette seek the help of a college honor student named Esteban who was the only survivor in the murder of two latin gang members, one of them being his close friend.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Shield from 374 votes.

The Shield - S1E9

#7 - Throwaway

7.73

Season 1 - Episode 9

A planted gun in a truck-jacking case causes complications for the Strike Team, and now they're left to clean up their own mess. While the rift between Officers Lowe and Sofer deepens, causing Capt. Aceveda to intervene. Also, Detective Wyms deals with the mess of her family during a visit from her daughter.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Shield from 464 votes.

The Shield - S2E9

#8 - Co-Pilot

7.74

Season 2 - Episode 9

Flashback to the first day of the barn. Under pressure to get results, Vic and his new Strike Team make an impression on the streets. Dutch and Claudette realize they make a good team, and David discovers he doesn't have as much power as he thought he would.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Shield from 393 votes.

The Shield - S1E4

#9 - Dawg Days

7.75

Season 1 - Episode 4

Mackey attempts to broker a peace agreement between rival rappers whose feud is spilling into the streets. Danny is attacked after identifying a shooter, Julien helps a woman whose son's body has been stolen, and Dutch and Claudette search for a mission migrant worker. Meanwhile, Capt. Aceveda finds a powerful ally in "Kingmaker" Jorge Machado.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Shield from 522 votes.

The Shield - S2E10

#10 - Coyotes

7.76

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Lanie's report on the Barn is leaked to the press, everyone suddenly fears for their jobs, including David who's mentioned as the reason for most of the problems. Gilroy skips bail and winds up on Vic's doorstep looking for help, so while Vic and Shane deal with him Lemonhead is forced to show the newest member of the Strike Team the ropes. Meanwhile Claudette faces some of her own demons as she and Dutch try to uncover the culprit behind a possible robbery/homicide and Danny comes to a startling realization.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Shield from 401 votes.

The Shield - S3E1
#11 - Playing Tight
7.76
Season 3 - Episode 1

The Strike team's attempt to play by the book comes to an abrupt end when they discover that two gangs, the Byz Latz and the One-Niners are attempting to alter the balance of power by acquring MP5s. Claudette and Dutch investigate the murders and feet decapitation of 4 Armenian men by the Armenian mob in their search for the stolen cash from the money train. Meanwhile, Danny who is doing temp work at a high school while waiting for an appeal, discovers she might me be able to get her old job back.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Shield from 389 votes.

The Shield - S3E6
#12 - Posse Up
7.76
Season 3 - Episode 6

When the ex-wife and child of Julien's former partner, Tommy, are murdered, Tommy becomes a suspect, prompting Julien to team up with Mackey to conduct their own investigation. Elsewhere, Shane goes undercover to catch a group attacking gay prostitutes, and Claudette and Dutch investigate a rape case against Aceveda's orders.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Shield from 369 votes.

The Shield - S4E3
#13 - Bang
7.77
Season 4 - Episode 3

With Farmington on the brink of a gang war, Monica and Vic race to find the catalyst and stop the bloodshed, enlisting Antwon's help along the way. Still in the doghouse, Dutch decides to take action in thawing the relationship between Claudette and the D.A. Danny and Julien get up close and personal with the Farmington 1-Niners, while Monica looks to Vic for support when the implementation of her property seizure policy challenges her morality.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Shield from 333 votes.

The Shield - S1E6
#14 - Cherrypoppers
7.78
Season 1 - Episode 6

When the body of a young hooker is found in the district, Dutch and Claudette get the full resources of the Barn for 24 hours and the help of the FBI to search for Dutch's serial killer. Meanwhile, The Strike Force busts an underage prostitution ring, and Capt. Acevaeda continues to investigate Mackey.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Shield from 480 votes.

The Shield - S4E1
#15 - The Cure
7.78
Season 4 - Episode 1

Vic is no longer the cop he used to be, acting adrift after his past actions have caught up to him. The strike team has been dissolved, leaving Mackey to menial busts that keep him off the streets. When Aceveda moves on to his new City Council position, Captain Monica Rawling takes over the Barn and empowers Vic to implement her controversial anti-gang policies.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Shield from 363 votes.

The Shield - S3E12
#16 - Riceburner
7.80
Season 3 - Episode 12

When Aceveda assigns The Strike Team to serve a high risk warrant against a mob killer to service his political agenda, they find themselves embroiled in a hostile struggle with the Korean community. Now the Team must find out how to put an end to the situation before they end up casualties of a racial fued. Meanwhile, one of Vic's informants works with Danny on finding stolen chairs, while having eyes for her.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Shield from 350 votes.

The Shield - S1E7
#17 - Pay in Pain
7.80
Season 1 - Episode 7

When Mackey and Vendrell hook up with a cop from another precinct to investigate the shooting, Vendrell sets off an explosive confrontation with a suspect by making a racial slur. And Mackey seldom a paragon of restraint defuses the situation. But before this tense hour is over, Mackey's complex relationship with Vendrell becomes even more complicated. Meanwhile, Dutch and Wyms search for a serial killer and bring in a psychic on a complaint from the son of one of her clients, and David calls internal affairs after getting Julien's affidavit.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Shield from 475 votes.

The Shield - S1E5
#18 - Blowback
7.81
Season 1 - Episode 5

David insists that Vic take uniformed cops in with them to bust an Armenian gang's drug delivery. After the bust, Julien sees the Team take a portion of the drugs for themselves. But in the end Shane ends up having the drugs and the vehicle they're in stolen from them. While the search for the drugs and the truck goes on, Mackey learns that his son is autistic.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Shield from 500 votes.

The Shield - S7E5
#19 - Game Face
7.82
Season 7 - Episode 5

Claudette encounters a murderous old nemesis; Vic confronts Olivia about her political connections; Dutch's case gets personal.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Shield from 300 votes.

The Shield - S2E11
#20 - Inferno
7.82
Season 2 - Episode 11

With Ronnie's face healed he comes up with a plan to take down the Money Train, and the Strike Team is all in. Unfortunately, a federal criminal comes back to Farmington, and the Team has to use every connection trick, and resource to bring him in to prove the Barn is still a force. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette investigate the rape of a young girl which leads to information that puts the case in a new light. Plus, an old friend from the past reappears to make Julien's life hell.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Shield from 399 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021

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One of the Great series ever

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contender for worst theme song of anything of all time

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One of the most perfect television series you could ever see. To this day I have yet to witness a better series finale than the unpredictable, hugely satisfying conclusion this show offered. I fucking love The Shield.

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This show will make you reassess your moral convictions. It will have you rooting for the bad guys and despising the good. Great show...

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R.I.P Lem

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One of the best show, must watch!

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Vic Mackey is badass.

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Just watched the season 5 finale of The Shield. I feel like i got kicked in the guts over and over!!

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Let the Binge watching begin!•!•!

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I love this show. I've watched it completely through a few times. If anyone is wondering you can get Seasons 1-6 on Canadian Netflix right now and season 7 on Netflix Brazil (in english :P).

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