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'The Shield'

Vic's First Victim (Season One, Episode One: "Pilot")
It would continue for seven seasons and rack up countless bodies, but Shawn Ryan's bad-cop saga established its rules, or lack thereof, with a single shot. The show's opening episode made it look like it'd be the story of a good cop, Detective Terry Crowley, trying to root out the corruption of a bad cop: his Strike Team commander Vic Mackey. Instead, Vic seized the opportunity of a violent drug raid to kill his would-be arch-enemy off, and with it our expectations. "I'm a different kind of cop," Mackey said earlier in the episode. Indeed.

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