The BEST Episodes of The Shield

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2019

Network: FX

The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Family Meeting

#1 - Family Meeting

Season 7 - Episode 13

Officers in the Barn investigate a woman's disappearance and the arrival of a large drug shipment; lives change forever.

star 8.92
389 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Shawn Ryan
Post Partum

#2 - Post Partum

Season 5 - Episode 11

As Vic prepares to help Lem get out of the country to begin a new life in Mexico; Kavanaugh and Aceveda attempt to capitalize on the situation by using this as means to try to take down the leader of the Strike Team. Dutch decides to file for a transfer. Meanwhile, Shane tries to cut off the investigation by taking extreme measures and Danny finally confronts the father of her child.

star 8.66
354 votes
Directors: Stephen T. Kay
Writers: Adam E. Fierro, Shawn Ryan
Possible Kill Screen

#3 - Possible Kill Screen

Season 7 - Episode 12

Olivia joins forces with the Strike Team to catch a Mexican drug king and his shipment. Meanwhile, Dutch cleans up Billings' mess, and the death of a woman associated with the Strike Team prompts an investigation by Claudette.

star 8.64
338 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
Writers: Adam E. Fierro, Evan Bleiweiss
Of Mice and Lem

#4 - Of Mice and Lem

Season 5 - Episode 10

To the dismay of his friends, a weary Lem is thinking about accepting a deal from the D.A. where he has to plead guilty to the heroin charges. With no other choice, Vic reluctantly meets with Antwon in order to ensure Lem’s safety in prison. Meanwhile, unforeseen circumstances that are beyond Claudette and Dutch’s control might cause irrevocable damage to their friendship.

star 8.38
333 votes
Writers: Charles H. Eglee, Kurt Sutter

#5 - Trophy

Season 5 - Episode 5

Via a bug planted in the clubhouse, Kavanaugh monitors the Strike Team as they investigate an illegal prescription drug ring that is proving to be deadly for the people of Farmington. While working on a missing person’s case, Dutch attempts find out what Claudette is hiding.

star 8.36
345 votes
Writers: Kurt Sutter, Renee Palyo, Tony Soltis
Spanish Practices

#6 - Spanish Practices

Season 6 - Episode 10

Claudette notices Hiatt's mistake when he makes an arrest, and Billings delivers shocking news to the department. Vic forms an alliance with Aceveda, while he waits for his review board hearing. Meanwhile, Shane's life keeps spiraling out of control.

star 8.34
329 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Scott Rosenbaum

#7 - Circles

Season 1 - Episode 13

In the aftermath of a riot, cops are being lured into ambush shootings by a rash of bogus 911 calls. Surprisingly Mackey and Captain Aceveda must work together to stop these attacks and solve the problems in The Grove, while Assistant Chief Gilroy tries to pit the two against each other to save his own job.

star 8.32
439 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Shawn Ryan

#8 - Kavanaugh

Season 5 - Episode 8

Kavanaugh seeks the help of Antwon Mitchell in his ongoing quest to take down the Strike Team. In the midst of this, Kavanaugh has a lot on his mind as his ex-wife reenters the picture, and he reluctantly agrees to let Vic send Emolia undercover to infiltrate a Salvadoran gang that is stockpiling grenades.

star 8.30
338 votes
Directors: D.J. Caruso
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Scott Rosenbaum
On Tilt

#9 - On Tilt

Season 3 - Episode 15

When Aceveda confirms that the Strike Team is the target of an Armenian mob hit, Mackey must take matters into his own hands. Meanwhile, Whym's career is on the line when she disobeys Aceveda's orders to put a case to rest that may prove the innocence of convicted felons.

star 8.29
365 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Glen Mazzara

#10 - Parricide

Season 7 - Episode 8

A local priest may be protecting drug dealers; Dutch and Billings close in on attempted cop killers; Corrine learns uncomfortable truths about Vic.

star 8.26
319 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Gary Lennon, Kurt Sutter

#11 - Recoil

Season 6 - Episode 9

As progress is being made in the San Marcos investigation, Vic receives bad news about his career. Meanwhile, Shane and Diro become business partners as she prepares to take over the Armenian mob.

star 8.22
309 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Adam E. Fierro, Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Dominoes Falling

#12 - Dominoes Falling

Season 2 - Episode 13

When a gang execution hits close to home for Claudette, Vic, Tavon, and Dutch work together to find the culprit before anyone else gets hurt. Shane, Lemonhead, and Ronnie are forced to choose between hitting the money train without Vic or letting it go. Meanwhile, Danny receives some life changing news and Julien's harassment reaches a whole new level.

star 8.20
405 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Shawn Ryan
Dead Soldiers

#13 - Dead Soldiers

Season 2 - Episode 2

As Vic gets closer to finding his family, the Strike Team focus their attention to Armadillo after he burns down Tio's HQ. Now Vic must prevent Claudette from finding out the truth about his connection to Tio and his men. Meanwhile, Dutch is followed around by the new civilian auditor to solve a meter-maid murder, and Danny and Julien try to clear up issues between feuding neighbors.

star 8.14
432 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Kurt Sutter
Ain't That a Shame?

#14 - Ain't That a Shame?

Season 4 - Episode 13

Monica, Vic and the strike team work together to put Antwon Mitchell back behind bars after his deal with the DEA released him from prison. When Vic reveals his suspicions of David's connection to both Antwon and an inmate's murder, David must protect his political future at any cost. When the murder of an over-protective father leads Claudette and Dutch back to a foster home they had previously investigated, Monica makes an unpopular decision that helps seal her fate.

star 8.11
344 votes
Directors: Stephen T. Kay
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Kurt Sutter, Glen Mazzara
Party Line

#15 - Party Line

Season 7 - Episode 10

While Shane remains holed up in L.A. with Mara and Jackson, Corinne decides to cooperate with Dutch and Claudette, who's now spearheading the LAPD effort to bring down Vic. Meanwhile, Vic plays Aceveda, Pezuela, Beltran and ICE against each other. But Ronnie's tempted to simply give up and run to Mexico. "And you should run too man" he tells Vic.

star 8.11
321 votes
Writers: Angela Russo, John Hlavin
All In

#16 - All In

Season 3 - Episode 14

With an Armenian hit-man hot on their trail, the Strike team sweeps the streets of the Armenian community to find him before he finds them. After catching a break, Aceveda's suspicions grow about the Strike Team's involvement with the Money Train robbery. Meanwhile, Dutch and Claudette investigate a case that could repeal hundreds of convictions, which leaves Claudette having to choose between her conscience and her career.

star 8.10
360 votes
Directors: Stephen T. Kay
Writers: Scott Rosenbaum
Animal Control

#17 - Animal Control

Season 7 - Episode 6

Vic sets into motion plans to end the gang threat as his relationship with Cassidy deteriorates; Dutch and Billings investigate a possible sleepwalking murderer.

star 8.09
307 votes
Writers: John Hlavin, Angela Russo
Baptism by Fire

#18 - Baptism by Fire

Season 6 - Episode 2

Kavanaugh acquires what he needs in order to apprehend Vic who is preoccupied with getting revenge on Guardo. Claudette finds herself under the political microscope as a result of the San Marcos incident, and Danny receives some news about her future at the Barn.

star 8.07
334 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Scott Rosenbaum
Judas Priest

#19 - Judas Priest

Season 4 - Episode 12

Vic and his crew track down the Russian who was involved with the cop murders, but they lose control during his interrogation and the hit man dies in an explosion before they can get any answers. Meanwhile, Aceveda is blackmailed by the man who assaaulted him. Plus, Rawling's seizure is on the verge of being shelved.

star 8.07
341 votes
Writers: Kurt Sutter, Charles H. Eglee, Scott Rosenbaum
On the Jones

#20 - On the Jones

Season 6 - Episode 1

With the Barn grieving over the loss of one of their own, Vic's out to avenge his friend's murder, but finds himself in the crosshairs of Kavanaugh. Claudette assigns the Strike Team to investigate the torching of a methadone clinic. Meanwhile, Julien and Tina look into a robbery/assault at a porno shop, and Dutch makes a horrifying discovery in San Marcos.

star 8.07
325 votes
Directors: Michael Fields
Writers: Kurt Sutter
Petty Cash

#21 - Petty Cash

Season 7 - Episode 11

Corrine agrees to be Vic and Shane's go-between and also agrees to cooperate with Claudette and Dutch as she does so. Meanwhile, Vic comes to an understanding with Aceveda and seeks one out with Olivia; and Claudette assigns Ronnie to work with Julian to investigate the murder of a high-school football star, keeping Ronnie out of the barn and unable to intercept the letter Shane sent to Claudette detailing the Strike Team's "sins."

star 8.06
320 votes
Directors: Craig Brewer
Writers: Jameal Turner, Charles H. Eglee
Chasing Ghosts

#22 - Chasing Ghosts

Season 6 - Episode 6

Vic redirects his attention to finding out who really killed Lem after he learns for certain that Guardo wasn't involved. The Strike Team investigates the murder of a politician's daughter. Later, Cassidy confronts her father about his unethical past.

star 8.06
313 votes
Directors: Frank Darabont
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Adam E. Fierro
Back to One

#23 - Back to One

Season 6 - Episode 3

Consumed by bloodlust, Vic finally gets the chance to avenge his friend's murder, despite Shane's pleas against it. Meanwhile, Ronnie is assigned by Claudette to help Dutch and Billings investigate a robbery homicide at a pharmacy.

star 8.05
319 votes
Writers: Adam E. Fierro
Scar Tissue

#24 - Scar Tissue

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Vic discovers that Ronnie has been burned as payback, the rest of the team does everything they can to put an end to him. Meanwhile, Claudette makes headway on her investigation against Vic after a conversation with Corrine, and Dutch takes Danny under his wing as they try to find the suspect of a Thai Town beating.

star 8.04
411 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Kurt Sutter
Streaks and Tips

#25 - Streaks and Tips

Season 3 - Episode 4

The newly arrived Decoy Squad and the Strike Team go head to head in the investigation to solve a car-jacking case. Dutch gets in over his head on an attempted murder case.

star 8.04
384 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Glen Mazzara