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What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield' 

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Updated November 5, 2019 165 votes 41 voters 1.9k views 34 items

List Rules Vote 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 Wire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. ...more on Wikipedia

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is a television drama series created by Kurt Sutter. A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club. ...more on Wikipedia

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing his own brand of justice in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. The series is set in Lexington and in the Appalachian mountains area of eastern Kentucky, specifically in and around Harlan. Justified premiered on March 16, 2010, on the FX network. The show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on February 9, 2011. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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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 on Wikipedia

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