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FX's SHIELD 1st Season Marathon!!

I am – Hercules!!

Because FX’s “The Shield” has been airing opposite new episodes of MTV’s top-rated reality shows “The Real World” and “The Osbournes” every Tuesday, many have been missing out on TV’s best cop show.

Now that the cathode rays have grown all rerunny again, FX is good enough to cablecast all 13 episodes of “Shield’s” just-concluding first season this week. That’s almost as good as a DVD, and a whole lot cheaper! Here’s when to watch and tape:
  • 1.1 Wednesday 10 p.m.
  • 1.2 Wednesday 11 p.m.
  • 1.3 Thursday 10 p.m.
  • 1.4 Thursday 11 p.m.
  • 1.5 Friday 10 p.m.
  • 1.6 Friday 11 p.m.
  • 1.7 Saturday 10 p.m.
  • 1.8 Saturday 11 p.m.
  • 1.9 Sunday 10 p.m.
  • 1.10 Sunday 11 p.m.
  • 1.11 Monday 10 p.m.
  • 1.12 Monday 11 p.m.

1.13, the season finale, airs for the first time in the show’s regular time slot, 10 p.m. next Tuesday.

I warn you not to defy me!!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • May 29, 2002, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Best new show this season

    by nny777

    I think this might actually be the best show on tv this season and that's saying a lot considering how much I loved tv the last couple years. I loved Alias and 24 but one problem they both shared is having twists solely for twist's sake. Nothing feels forced on the Shield.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:22 a.m. CST

    People who shout FIRST suck..

    by Kevservo

    And AICN hasn't given much time to The Shield before because... I'm waiting for your answer, Mori. You have no excuse to ignore one of the best damn shows on television.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:25 a.m. CST

    This Show Is Like Crack....

    by EricAlan69

    You just get hijacked by the damned thing, and you can't escape. I haven't watched 'The Real World' in years, and I'd catch 'The Osbournes' in perpetual rerun, but I just could not miss this show. Dammit, Tuesdays are the most confounding night for TV Watching People, what with the Buffy, the Smallville, and about 27 other great shows. Every other night of the week can be claimed by one network or another for it's distinct programming (which is usually tops in the Nielsen's, natch), but Tuesdays NO ONE owns, so all the best shows are headbutting one another. Grrr, Arrgh, indeed. // Beyond all that, I just really dig this show. Okay, I may be a sucker for repeated use of foul language on television (though, with everything else the *do* air on this show, why they just don't go all out and say, 'fuck,' I don't know. Technically they can, you know. I guess saying, 'shit' 5 or 6 times per episode is okay, but throw in a 'fuck' and you'll lose all the rest of your advertisers. People are really fucking weird, you know?), but the storylines and the acting make this show far from some flash-in-the-pan novelty act. I never really cared about 'The Commish,' but Chiklis just rules the universe on 'The Shield.' His crew are generally hysterical (especially, of course, Shane, who may be the biggest idiot in the history of t.v., but damned if he's not a hoot), and they really go all out and grab you at least once per ep. Examples? Episode 1's use of Reed Diamond ('Homicide: LOTS', the only cop show in history better than this one, IMHO), a familiar face whom we assumed would be a regular character, and who is summarily executed by Chiklis' Vic Mackey in the final scene. From that moment on, I was hooked, and I can't wait for next week's finale, let alone for a new season in least they don't have as much down-time as 'The Sopranos'. // Line Of The Show on tonight's episode: "Your cock's out...." Thank you, FX. // e.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Correction Herc - Tv's Best Show, Cop or otherwise

    by Pan_Ziege

    Well, I suppose to rant and rave about the Shield being the best show on Tv while purposefully avoiding everything on CBS, NBC, ABC (except for Alias), and FOX (except for Andy Richter) would be the kind of Assholic TB stunt you see so much around here..... But WTF, The Shield ROCKS. The quality of scripting, acting, plotting, etc etc they dish out every week is such so if you distilled it down, you could add a few drops here and there and come up with 5 or 6 of the other guy's 'flagship' shows. Vic Mackie is the best TV character since Hawkeye Pierce (in a really different way, that is). After the first episode, I was wondering how they'd be able to handle Vic. If they made him too unlikeable, they'd be fucked. If he was unconvincingly wishy-washy, they'd be fucked. Instead they've managed to delineate the character's internal working logic a little at a time in a natural fashion. He does bad shit, he does good shit. He does it all in an organic manner that makes sense in the long view of the series. After tonight's episode, i'm actually on the edge of my seat until next week. I can't remember, even amongst the shows I enjoy and respect, the last time that's happened. Wow.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:57 a.m. CST

    great show, I'm so torn

    by coop

    The strange thing about this show is, you kinda wanna see the main character get busted AND you wanna see him win at the same time. It's freakin' me out man! stop the voices! stop the voices! meat is murder! gimme a cheeseburger!! AAAAAAAAH! ... ahem, I mean, it's a good show.

  • May 29, 2002, 1:06 a.m. CST

    The Commish

    by Toby O Notoby

    Only ever caught about three episodes of this show, but one of them had a great line. Some prisoners are protesting about the living conditions in prison. Reading down the list of complaints the Commish comes aross "weights". "What's wrong with the weights?" **** "They're rusty" **** "Well, are they heavy?" **** "Yeah" **** (very slowly) "Then they're doing their job."

  • May 29, 2002, 1:34 a.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

    I caught a number of eps of this show, and liked Chiklis' performances as an affable, Solomon-like police commissioner. All in all, it was a decent little show. Then, I happened to be in a hotel with FX two weeks ago, and I caught half an ep of THE SHIELD. And I was floored. The show was great, I got swept up in what was going on without feeling lost with a lack of exposure to the previous 25 minutes, let alone the previous eps. But Chiklis! I had seen some trailers, but I never realized how truly chiseled he became for this role! Damn, I want a Hollywood personal trainer! They transformed a pudgy average looking joe into a pit bull made of steel! And you can see it in his eyes man! In his eyes! That fuckin' intensity. He's either a magnificent actor, or he is barely keeping the wraps on a roid rage. AD out

  • May 29, 2002, 3:19 a.m. CST

    awsome show!

    by SkiffyPup

    I LOVE this awsome show. Herc, thanks for the marathon tips. Thank GOD for cable! now, I have a few more things to watch while I wait :::::foottapping:::: for new eps of Buffy in the fall. The Shield is the best show on TV ... TOO BAD its finale next week. There will be new stuff on SciFi I'll watch... and TNT got 6 eps of Witchblade in the can before Yancy Butler shipped herself off to rehab. -- I'm sure not going to watch any super-lame reality shows on the Networks.

  • May 29, 2002, 3:42 a.m. CST

    holy fvkkin sh!t ........

    by rack

    this show suffers from a SEVERE case of enlarged testicles. i was totally burnt on cop shows after logging a million eps from broderick crawford to chris noth ... i was totally pipe free. not any more ..... a little sopranos, a little homicide .... add a dash of "the job" ..... strike to ignite

  • May 29, 2002, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks Herc

    by odietamo

    At first I was against the show because I'm very pro-cop and I don't like the corruipt cop angle. But I've heard a lot of good buzz about it so I've wanted to check it out. Thanks Herc! Now I know when to tape the eps so I can start from the beginning.

  • May 29, 2002, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The Shield is good stuff.

    by Abyss

    The basic plots are nothing we haven't really seen before, but somehow they manage to make it compelling, and the dialogue is pretty sharp. The only bit that kind of made me cringe was when the black woman (in episode 5 or 6 I think) walks into the middle of the police station and makes this big shouty speech about how she "feels so afraid". That felt waaay too contrived and forced. One other criticism I would raise is that the actual police station set-up doesn't seem all that realistic, but that's minor gripe. Chiklis is impressive, with plenty of charisma and intensity- equally effective as the loving family man, and as the hardcase ballbusting cop (what is he, like 5ft6? DEFINITELY a case of "short man" sydrome). And that fiery chemistry between him and his boss really works. For some reason, Chiklis always reminds me of Grant Mitchell from Eastenders... The other main standout performance for me is the emotionally tortured black cop who's struggling with his own sexuality, he brings a lot of pathos to the role.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by spenworks

    Didn't the gay black cop play Spawn? Michael Jace?

  • May 29, 2002, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The Shield: Great TV

    by walnutr113

    The best moment of the year is when Dutch Boy breaks down crying at the end of the show where he let that serial killer get in his head. POWERFUL STUFF!

  • May 29, 2002, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by spenworks

    I don't think Dutch was crying because he let the serial killer get in his head. I think he cried because no one thought he could do it (Catch the killer). No one even thought there was a serial killer out there. All the other cops were giving him shit, and, even though he knew he was right, no one believed him. In the end, he was right, and got what he alwaysa wanted, recognition. The way everyone was saying, "Way to go", as he walked to his car. He was finally validated, and it was emotionally heavy for him. That's my take on it. But the above poster is right in that it was a very satisfying moment in an excellent, if implausible, TV show.

  • May 29, 2002, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by Virgil Sollozzo

    Spawn was played by Micheal Jai White, not Micheal Jace from The Shield.

  • May 29, 2002, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by spenworks

    Yeah, I know. I looked it up after I posted. He looked familiar, though. He played Michael Jordan in a lame TV movie. My error.

  • May 29, 2002, 6:26 p.m. CST

    to spenworks about dutch boy

    by walnutr113

    Wow! Thats not the way I saw it. I thought he was crying because everything the killer said about him was true: a dork in High school, a joke as a uniform cop, no one really likes him, ect. But your interpretation could be valid. Did anyone else see it and do they have any thoughts on it?

  • May 29, 2002, 9:04 p.m. CST

    About Dutch

    by The Paladin

    Walnutr113, I agree with you 100%! IMHO the killer really got to him, especially when he told Dutch he was only a civil servant. Damn, that must hurt.// Dutch is basically what you would get if a geek became a cop (mind you that I am a geek myself, and I mean that as a complement!). With all his references to puzzles, I really believe that he was probably in Honors Math and AP Calculus in HS. In college, he probably was a psych major, explaining how he can read people (and always tell when they are lying) so well. Overall Dutch is my favorite character on the show. ================================ ================================ ================================ I really do like Vic and the Strike Team too. Growing up in the 80s in NYC I came to see drug dealers as being Hitler level bad; I still hate them. The Strike Team has a real practical outlook on dealers: you can't stop them completely, so work with them to eliminate the violence. Vic is right: no matter how many you put behind bars, just due to the economics of the urban environment, (i.e. that there is money to be made in some of the poorest sections, and that there are too few alternatives) there will always be dealers as long as there is profit to be made. Vic has just accepted that there will be dealers, and makes sure that the ones out there are just selling, and not shooting people. I see him as being chaotic good: he bends the law when he has to, but only when it is for the greater good. That time in the first episode where he killed the guy, well his back was against the wall. Not that this is an excuse. What he did was horrible, but Vic is just really hard guy not to like.

  • May 30, 2002, 2:09 a.m. CST

    more on subject

    by spenworks

    I don't disagree that the killer got to him. Of course it got to him. But I think in the end Dutch was smart enough to realize that what the killer was saying was true about just about everybody in highschool. Insecurity is just part of being a teenager. But... The power of being told by your peers that you've done a good job, where before they just made fun of you.... man, that's real power, and is enough to make one need an emotional release. And to me seems more authentic. But maybe it's all part of Dutch's emotional puzzle.

  • May 30, 2002, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Story Arc

    by PapusMan

    Watching the early episodes again, I like the fact that it seems they had everything planned out from the get-go. They aren't making it up as they go along (cough-xfiles-cough)...Insignificant scenes take on a bigger meaning later on, that sort of thing. Anyway, this is the only show I rush home to watch every week, so I hope it keeps on trucking!

  • May 30, 2002, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by sirlamorak

    I agree with walnutr113, Dutch just couldnt let the killer get to him until after he busted him, after that his emotions got the best of him. This is the best cop show on tv and deserves the marathon, I just hope more people start watching.

  • May 30, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by Damer1

  • May 30, 2002, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Damn good show

    by LordWeymont

    Best damn show of the season. Of course with "Alias." This muther f'er better get a new season.

  • May 30, 2002, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Best show on TV

    by Damer1

    I'm addicted to this show. Other than the gay cop story line, this is the finest show on tv.

  • May 30, 2002, 3:10 p.m. CST

    sexual RE-orientation

    by John Crichton

    just sittin' hear in my module waitin' til next friday at 10 PM/est, so i thought i'd throw a controversial subject out there. cant wait for em to call bullshit on that one-sexual re-orientation? (sigh)...anyways,wonder when season 2 will air or if they'll get the full 22 next time around? lots of time on my hands out here....

  • May 30, 2002, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Another reason to own a TiVo

    by Det. John Kimble

    Single greatest invention since women.

  • May 30, 2002, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Vik and Danni

    by BabyArm

    I just watched the pilot and beleive I have now seen all of the episodes. Other than the kiss at the end of one episode, as anything else been mentioned about Vik and Danni's affair. I can tell how the show and Vik have evolved from ep 1.1 to now, but it seems like this was just dropped. Does anyone know anything I might have missed?

  • May 30, 2002, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Kudos to The Shield

    by BigW

    Just when I'd completely given up on TV, this show came along. At first, I thought it was going to be like a Cop version of Sopranos, then I thought it could really benefit from studying the Sopranos pacing a little better, now every episode I feel like a junkie getting his fix! Good analogy by a former post: this show is like Crack! At the pace the plot is moving, and the shit keeps coming down, I sure hope this show doesn't burn out too soon!

  • May 30, 2002, 5:21 p.m. CST

    13 episodes next season

    by Famous X

    Heard this when Chiklis appeared on KROQ in los angeles. He said they could have better quality in a shortened season, like the Sopranos. I don't know, he might be right (e.g. 24 stretching itself out).

  • May 30, 2002, 11:15 p.m. CST

    The Barn

    by Mad_Radhu

    Does anyone know anything about "The Barn", which seems to be a sort of pilot movie for "The Shield" that I think aired on the Fox Network last summer. The IMDB has practically the whole cast listed in the same roles, but otherwise has no info on the movie. Does anyone know if FX will air it anytime soon?

  • May 31, 2002, 12:24 a.m. CST

    ...and A SHOUT OUT for CCH Pounder

    by SkiffyPup

    One of the most professional and understated actors there is. Absolutely never chews scenery in lieu of authenticity. Believable as an actual real person. ***** Actors out there: COPY this woman, and you may have a prayer of a long career***** (One you can look back on without cringing.) BTW, 13 Eps is not enough... in any case, and, given the difference in time with commercials and all, I think 17 would be a good number for cable originals. Otherwise, we're gone too long to be totally loyal.

  • May 31, 2002, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Fox Suits don't have any balls

    by Russman

    I really dig this show, but we all know that the boys at fox are a bunch of knee-jerk, dickless, ball-less, unvisionary, non-risk taking pussys. Sure they're gonna do another 13 episodes but we all know they're gonna cave in to that stupid parent organization that is pressuring another group of spineless morons, the advertisers, to not advertise on the show. Fox simply doesn't have the balls to press forward to keep the show alive past two seasons. Enjoy it while it lasts but when all is said and done expect to be dissapointed. The show will just end and nothing in the storyline will be concluded. (sigh)

  • June 2, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Russman is probably right

    by odietamo

    Right now I'm halfway through the marathon, never having seen it during the season. What a great series! /// While Russman is probably right, in the meantime I'm going to enjoy the Hell out of this fine work.

  • June 2, 2002, 6:08 p.m. CST

    "Today we're teaching poodles how to fly!"

    by king_tut

    CABLE!!!??!?! I don't need any more friggin' wires coming in to my house! That's how the government monitors and controls us! They listen to everything we say in our tv rooms and send it to a secret computer room in the basement of the white house. There, they decode everything we say and using a sophistacated algorithim program they can determine our our entire genetic makeup! Including who we will vote for, and what brand of laundry detergent we will buy! Plus, embedded in the code of digital cable is a special hypnotic sequence similar that displays subconscious images to us while we watch TV. In fact, sitcoms have the highest per capita rate of subconscious images of any TV show! RUN!

  • June 3, 2002, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Whither Vic

    by Father Merrin

    I really like this show. I am only catching it now, due to the marathon, never saw it during the season. Actors are all excellent. although I agree with one above poster who called it "improbable." It's very realistic in some respects but also very cartoony in other respects. Who would really laugh at a grieving sister appearing to give someone a blowjob? No one in any universe I know. But a bigger question: what is going on with Vic? Sometimes he seems to be a good guy, just doing what it takes to get by and be a good cop, other times he's just a self-centered prima donna evil guy. It's intriguing to think we will sort him out by the end of the run of the series. but my radar tells me the creators are just letting him play both ends of the spectrum for effect, and really have no idea what makes him tick. anybody?