Episode Hive
All ShowsBinge-Watch CalculatorLog In
Show cover for The Shield

The Best Episodes of The Shield

Every episode of The Shield ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Shield!

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.

Genres:CrimeDramaAction & Adventure

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Shield" is "Family Meeting", rated 9.6/10 from 3945 user votes. It was directed by Clark Johnson and written by Shawn Ryan. "Family Meeting" aired on 11/25/2008 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Possible Kill Screen".

  • Family Meeting
    9.6/10 3,945 votes

    #1 - Family Meeting

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-11-25

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

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Shawn Ryan

  • Possible Kill Screen
    9.4/10 2,685 votes

    #2 - Possible Kill Screen

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-11-18

    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.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Adam Fierro, Evan Bleiweiss

  • Post Partum
    9.3/10 2,879 votes

    #3 - Post Partum

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-03-21

    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.

    Director: Stephen T. Kay

    Writer: Adam Fierro, Shawn Ryan

  • Parricide
    9.0/10 2,341 votes

    #4 - Parricide

    Season 7 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-10-21

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

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Gary Lennon

  • On Tilt
    8.9/10 2,373 votes

    #5 - On Tilt

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2004-06-15

    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.

    Director: Scott Brazil

    Writer: Glen Mazzara, Shawn Ryan

  • Circles (2)
    8.8/10 2,543 votes

    #6 - Circles (2)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2002-06-04

    In the aftermath of a riot, cops are being lured into ambush shootings by a rash of bogus 911 calls. Vic and Aceveda are forced to work together to stop the attacks and solve the problems in the Grove, while Gilroy tries to pit the two against each other in an attempt to save his own job.

    Director: Scott Brazil

    Writer: Shawn Ryan

  • All In
    8.8/10 2,258 votes

    #7 - All In

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2004-06-08

    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.

    Director: Stephen T. Kay

    Writer: Scott Rosenbaum

  • Kavanaugh
    8.8/10 2,427 votes

    #8 - Kavanaugh

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2006-02-28

    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.

    Director: D. J. Caruso

    Writer: Shawn Ryan, Scott Rosenbaum

  • Dead Soldiers
    8.7/10 2,373 votes

    #9 - Dead Soldiers

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2003-01-14

    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.

    Director: John Badham

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Dominoes Falling
    8.7/10 2,343 votes

    #10 - Dominoes Falling

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2003-04-01

    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.

    Director: Scott Brazil

    Writer: Shawn Ryan

  • Trophy
    8.7/10 2,296 votes

    #11 - Trophy

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-02-07

    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.

    Director: Philip G. Atwell

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Renee Palyo, Tony Soltis

  • Chasing Ghosts
    8.7/10 2,108 votes

    #12 - Chasing Ghosts

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2007-05-08

    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.

    Director: Frank Darabont

    Writer: Adam Fierro, Shawn Ryan

  • Spanish Practices
    8.7/10 2,082 votes

    #13 - Spanish Practices

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-06-05

    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.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Shawn Ryan, Scott Rosenbaum

  • Animal Control
    8.7/10 2,140 votes

    #14 - Animal Control

    Season 7 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-10-07

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

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: John Hlavin, Angela Russo-Otstot

  • Dragonchasers
    8.6/10 2,551 votes

    #15 - Dragonchasers

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2002-05-14

    Vic assists Connie as she tries to quit crack cold-turkey in a desperate attempt to keep her son, leaving Shane and Lem to investigate a strip-club mugging ring. Meanwhile, Dutch follows his instincts on the serial killer case and Danny is bitten by an HIV-infected perpetrator.

    Director: Nick Gomez

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Scott Rosenbaum

  • Of Mice and Lem
    8.6/10 2,306 votes

    #16 - Of Mice and Lem

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-03-14

    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.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Charles H. Eglee, Kurt Sutter

  • Pilot
    8.5/10 3,405 votes

    #17 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-03-12

    Politically ambitious new LAPD captain David Aceveda tries to crack corruption in the Barn by recruiting Terry Crowley to help him take down fellow detective Vic Mackey, leader of a police Strike Team consisting of himself, Shane Vendrell, Curtis "Lem" Lemansky, and Ronnie Gardocki. Meanwhile, detectives Dutch Wagenbach and Claudette Wyms investigate a woman's murder only to discover her missing daughter has been sold off by her addict father to a child molester.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Shawn Ryan

  • Baptism by Fire
    8.5/10 2,084 votes

    #18 - Baptism by Fire

    Season 6 Episode 2 - Aired 2007-04-10

    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.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Scott Rosenbaum

  • Coefficient of Drag
    8.5/10 2,125 votes

    #19 - Coefficient of Drag

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-02

    Vic challenges Shane and deals with threats to his family; a federal agent arrives in Farmington to investigate a recent wave of violence.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Party Line
    8.5/10 2,055 votes

    #20 - Party Line

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-11-04

    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.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: John Hlavin, Angela Russo-Otstot

  • Mum
    8.4/10 2,212 votes

    #21 - Mum

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-04-06

    Vic struggles with Claudette's new supervision of the Strike Team. Marked bills lead Aceveda and a federal agent closer to the truth about the Armenian money-train heist in an episode with a recurring motif of people not reporting crimes against them.

    Director: Nick Gomez

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Shawn Ryan

  • Strays
    8.4/10 2,137 votes

    #22 - Strays

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-05-18

    During a routine bust on bangers, Vic and the Team discover a money laundering ring that reaches far and wide in the crime community. Meanwhile, Dutch takes the chilling confession of the man who was arrested in the serial-rape case, and Danny goes undercover.

    Director: David Mamet

    Writer: Glen Mazzara

  • Fire in the Hole
    8.4/10 2,082 votes

    #23 - Fire in the Hole

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-06-01

    When a mole in the treasury department is discovered and the framed suspect in the Armenian money train robbery turns up missing, the Strike team race to find the suspect before their cover is blown. Meanwhile, Claudette attempts to make amends with the Decoy Squad by going undercover to help them on a case.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Charles H. Eglee

  • On the Jones
    8.4/10 2,172 votes

    #24 - On the Jones

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2007-04-03

    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.

    Director: Michael Fields

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Blowback
    8.3/10 2,555 votes

    #25 - Blowback

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2002-04-09

    Aceveda insists that Vic take uniformed cops in with them to bust an Armenian gang's drug delivery. After the bust, Julien sees the Strike Team take a portion of the drugs for themselves.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Kurt Sutter