The Shield: The Complete First Season (2003) For anyone who doesn't get FX (or couldn't find it on their cable system), here's your chance to catch Michael Chiklis' Emmy-winning work as LAPD…
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The Shield: The Complete First Season (2003)

Michael Chiklis, The Shield | UP IN ARMS Chiklis doesn't ''Shield'' us from deleted scenes that others might have deemed too provacative
UP IN ARMS Chiklis doesn't ''Shield'' us from deleted scenes that others might have deemed too provacative
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jan 07, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated

For anyone who doesn't get FX (or couldn't find it on their cable system), here's your chance to catch Michael Chiklis' Emmy-winning work as LAPD pit bull Vic Mackey. Watching the first 13 episodes allows viewers to appreciate not only the ex-''Commish'''s career-redefining performance but also the remarkable supporting roster, especially CCH Pounder as a no-BS detective and Michael Jace as a self-loathing gay rookie cop. And unlike many TV series' DVD sets (such as HBO's ''Sopranos'' and ''Sex and the City'' boxes), The Shield doesn't skimp on extras: A commentary track supplements every episode, and you also get the entire regular cast's audition tapes, as well as 17 deleted scenes with such provocative titles as ''Vic's Breakdown'' and ''Julien's Blowjob.'' Plus, you can peruse creator Shawn Ryan's pilot script, which paradoxically describes Vic as ''intimidating yet personable.'' I couldn't have put it better myself.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints