A corrupt and brutal L.A. detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighborhood ravaged by drugs and gangs. Unusually gritty and graphically violent, but seldom less than riveting, 'The Shield' gets its biggest jolt from the breakout performance by Michael Chiklis as the complex and volatile Vic Mackey. The drama made Emmy history when he won for Lead Actor in a Drama in 2002, the first such win for a basic-cable series.

Active Cast

Michael Chiklis Det. Vic Mackey
Benito Martinez David Aceveda
CCH Pounder Det. Claudette Wyms
Walton Goggins Det. Shane Vendrell
Catherine Dent Sgt. Danny Sofer
Michael Jace Det. Julien Lowe
Jay Karnes Det. Dutch Wagenbach
David Rees Snell Det. Ronnie Gardocki
David Marciano Det Steve Billings

Former Cast

Kenneth Johnson Det. Curtis Lemansky
Glenn Close Capt. Monica Rawling
Anthony Anderson Antwon Mitchell
Forest Whitaker Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
Laura Harring Becca Doyle
Franka Potente Diro Kesakhian
Alex O'Loughlin Det. Kevin Hiatt
Laurie Holden Agent Olivia Murray