What 'The Shield' Taught Basic Cable It's time to bid farewell to one of TV's most under-appreciated series. When this gritty FX cop drama began in 2002, it was groundbreaking in more ways than one.

What 'The Shield' Taught Basic Cable

What 'The Shield' Taught Basic Cable

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It's time to bid farewell to one of TV's most under-appreciated series, the FX program The Shield. When this gritty cop drama began in 2002, it was groundbreaking in more ways than one. Never before had a cable channel outside of HBO tried a high-quality scripted series.