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[Hey Readers! I'm going on vacation this week—and all I'm taking is my computer and the best dirty cop show of all time, The Shield! Currently you can stream seasons one and two (with the rest of the series to follow) for free at crackle.com—and to remind you of how awesome this show was, here's a vintage I Love Television™ from 2005! See ya next week!—Luv, Humpy]

In my continuing effort to create a "disconnect" between myself and I Love Television™ readers, let me just say this: I LOVE COPS. Now, I know a lot of my readers like to pooh-pooh cops (especially those who have received tickets for speeding, drunkenness, or excessive coke tooting)—but when a cranky One Tree Hill fan on meth comes charging into my office swinging a machete? I welcome an appearance from the boys in blue.

However, cops never seem to understand why some people don't trust them. Well, let me clear up that confusion for any cops in the audience: YOU'RE WEARING A GUN, DUMBASS! And you're allowed to use it, sooooooo... it kind of puts us regular people at a disadvantage, dontcha think? You know in England, the cops don't carry guns—and people seem to get by okay. However, their cops are also called "bobbies"... so I can see why a meth-addicted, machete-swinging One Tree Hill fan may not take them very seriously.

BUT I DIGRESS! Besides hating me for loving cops, my readers also hate me for loving BAD cops. Now I'm not talking about the cops who pepper spray hippies in the face. (Even though pepper spray is the closest thing to a bath some of these hippies have seen in years.) What I'm talking about is the morally questionable cops and the battle between good and evil that rages inside them. That's the stuff that gives me an itty-bitty bad-cop boner!

This is why I'm absolutely loving the best dirty cop show of all time, The Shield. Starring bald-headed bulldog Michael Chiklis, The Shield is a thinly veiled indictment/love letter to the problem-riddled LA Police Department. Chiklis stars as Vic Mackey, the leader of a largely unsupervised "strike team" who uses unconventional (and sometimes criminal) methods to bust the baddies. While successful, these same methods cause a moral strain that lures Mackey and his team [which includes the terrific Walton Goggins from Justified... SQUEEEEE!] to the dark side of drugs, money, and even? MURRRRDER.

Meanwhile Mackey's strike team are doing their damnedest to rationalize away their actions, which includes lying, cheating, and killing all in the name of "protecting the public good." In episode after episode, the team walks a delicate balance between upholding the law and having their shenanigans uncovered by Internal Affairs—or worse, violent crime lords who love cutting off their enemies' dangly bits.

But here's the most interesting part: Even the supposedly "good" cops in the unit are complicated characters with dark streaks a mile wide. It's like Hill Street Blues—covered in Bad Lieutenant frosting.

So grab all seven seasons of The Shield on DVD if you've got some catching up to do [or better yet, watch it with me for free online at crackle.com]! I'll be the one squirting pepper spray in my eyes and hitting myself in the Scrabble bag with a nightstick.

This Week on Television

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

8:00 CW ARROW

Deadshot returns, and the gang finds their homes have been broken into. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

10:00 FX THE AMERICANS

An agent dangles key intel in front of Elizabeth and Phillip. Is it a trap? I THINK SO!

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

8:00

LIF PROJECT RUNWAY

Season finale! The final contestants are ordered to design a gown out of "dreams and air." Screw you, Runway!!

10:00 NBC HANNIBAL

Hannibal takes a break from Will so he can get caught up on his eye gouging and intestines cooking.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

8:30 ABC HAPPY ENDINGS

Season finale! Alex and Dave have a happy announcement while Penny and Pete swirl down the toilet.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

9:00 SYFY SWAMP VOLCANO—Movie

(2012) Miami is surprised to learn it now has a civilization-destroying "swamp volcano" downtown.

10:30 OWN LIFE WITH LA TOYA

The human version of a "swamp volcano" (La Toya Jackson) gets her own reality show.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

10:00

HBO VEEP

As a hostage crisis heats up, Selina doesn't make things easier by calling the secretary of defense a "piss bag."

10:00 AMC MAD MEN

Don handles a problem at work with drinking and sleeping around. You know... THE YOUZH.

MONDAY, APRIL 29

9:00 FOX THE FOLLOWING

Season finale! After nearly being killed by the followers, Weston returns for a final showdown. Bring your straitjackets!

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

10:30 COM INSIDE AMY SCHUMER

Debut! Hilarious comedian Amy Schumer gets her own show featuring sketches, stand-up, and filthy interviews!

11:00 MTV KE$HA: MY CRAZY BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Tonight Ke$ha drinks a glass of urine, and picks up her dry cleaning.

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