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5.0 out of 5 stars
The best TV show in history!, 22 July 2004
As I said, the best show in the long history of television. Series one started very well and went into overdrive as the series climaxed. Season two starts just as series one left off and then takes the show to another level at the end. Daring, bold storylines which few would be brave enough to write let alone film, truly great, extraordinarily convincing acting and a fantastic script week after week; it's the most consistently great show I've ever seen.
The show follows the daily lives of a group of Los Angeles police officers, bending the rules to stay on top in a crime ridden ghetto hell hole whilst covering their own backs from the police bosses, city official's and fellow officer's. Most television shows are predictable and avoid controversy, The Shield manages to shock and surprise in equal measure.
Admittedly it's not to all tastes, it contains strong violence and very, very adult themes but it isn't made to grab tabloid headlines, it holds back when necessary and most of the seedy behaviour is implied rather than graphically shown.
Each episode is better than most films. Think Reservoir Dogs with rabies thirteen times over. Truly unmissable and certain to be a classic for decades.