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What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'

Updated November 5, 2019 846 votes 177 voters 5.8k 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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  • Sons of Anarchy
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    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, a biker (Charlie Hunnam) starts to question the club and their overly ambitious leader - his father (Ron Perlman)....  more
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  • Justified
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    Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost, based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard. US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is reassigned to his Kentucky hometown where he delivers his own brand of justice....  more
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  • The Wire
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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
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  • Breaking Bad
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    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston), with the help of his former student (Aaron Paul), decides to produce and sell methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future....  more
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