The Shield

2002 NR 4 seasons

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The Shield

2002 NR 4 seasons
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As leader of the Los Angeles police department's controversial Strike Team unit, Det. Vic Mackey is above the law, stopping at nothing to rid the streets of gangland thugs. His questionable tactics constantly place him at odds with his superiors.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 1 (2002) - 4 discs

Detective Vic Mackey leads a posse of Los Angeles rogue cops with a great track record of fighting crime. Vic calls the shots with the team, but trouble brews when a new captain who can't abide by Vic's renegade tactics is assigned to the precinct.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this gritty crime drama makes little effort to sugarcoat its depiction of life on the mean inner city streets of Los Angeles. The criminals may be dangerous, but the cops are almost even more violent, and they aren't afraid to bend a few rules when it comes to extracting a confession from a suspect or forcing someone to rat out an accomplice. There are guns, drugs, sex, and plenty of swearing. It's realistic and well-done, but definitely not for kids.

Sexual Content

Some fairly graphic sexual scenes, including occasional nudity.


This cop drama includes beatings, shoot-outs, violence, rapes (and other sexual assault/violence), and deaths. Both criminals and cops are guilty of violent acts. It's realistic, and not pretty.


The characters live rough, and their language reflects their lifestyle. Lots of swearing, including "s--t" and "a--hole" (both unbleeped).

Social Behavior

Mackey is a cop who doesn't play by the rules, and much of this show centers on his efforts to hide his actions from his superiors, who are often willing to look the other way as long as he continues to bring down the bad guys.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Being a cop is a tough job -- the characters on this show often unwind with a stiff drink or a smoke. Many of the villains are drug dealers, who sometimes sample their own wares.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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