The Shield

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 (more…)

Season 3, Episode 1 Playing Tight

First Aired: March 9, 2004

In the third-season opener, the murders of two Armenian mobsters bring some heat on the Strike Team and its money-train score. Elsewhere, the Team deals with a neighborhood arms race.

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  • Premiered: March 12, 2002
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Premise: 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… (more)

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