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What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'

Updated November 5, 2019 774 votes 165 voters 5.2k views34 items

List RulesVote up the films and series you know other fans of 'The Shield' will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen 'The Shield'.

The Shield kept viewers on the edge of their seats with intense crime drama, so it's no surprise that you’d be on the hunt for similar shows to watch after bingeing the entire series. Well, search no more, because this list has some of the best recommendations for movies and TV shows similar to The Shield.

Deciding what to watch after The Shield really depends on your mood, but if you’re looking for more shows about law enforcement, corrupt cops, and criminals, Breaking Bad is a series about a high school chemistry teacher who decides to cook meth with one of his former students following a terminal diagnosis that you’ll almost certainly love if you like The Shield.

Some other movies and TV shows like The Shield in this list are movies like The Departed, which is centered around corrupt cops and a criminal organization with its own people sitting behind a badge. Deadwood is another good TV series that deals with law enforcement in a town on the frontier back in the 19th century. Other good TV and movies recommended for The Shield fans include Justified, Sons of Anarchyand The Sopranos.

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  • The Sopranos
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    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling....  more
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  • Southland
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    Southland (TNT, 2009) is an American crime drama television series created by writer Ann Biderman. A raw look at Los Angeles and the LAPD officers who protect and serve....  more
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  • Luther
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    Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 May and concluded on 8 June 2010. A second series of four one-hour long episodes was commissioned, broadcasting on BBC One throughout June and July of 2011....  more
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  • Deadwood
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    Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets....  more
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