The Shield is an American television drama series which aired on the FX Networks in the United States and also played on other networks internationally. The show was primarily for its controversial portrayal of corrupt police officers and law enforcement officials. The Shield television show was originally advertised as “Rampart” in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal, which the show’s Strike Team was loosely based upon.
The Shield TV series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television (formerly Columbia TriStar Television). The Shield TV show began airing its seventh and final season on September 2, 2008, and finally concluded on November 25, 2008.
Several notable film actors took extended roles on the show included actress Glenn Close who joined in the fourth season and Anthony Anderson, who joined in Seasons four, five and six. In addition, actor Forest Whitaker joined the cast in seasons five and six.
The Shield Season Episodes on DVD
- Season One on DVD – Season 1 premiered March 12, 2002. The first season was awarded with the most Emmy nominations for a basic cable drama.
- Season 2 of the television show premiered January 7, 2003.
- Season 3 of the TV series premiered March 9, 2004.
- The Complete Fourth Season on DVD (2002)
- Season 5 of the television series premiered January 10, 2006.
- Season 6 of the TV show premiered on FX on April 3, 2007.
- Season Seven – The Final Act