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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 81 Ratings

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  • Starring: Annabeth Gish, Al Sapienza, Jason Clarke
  • Summary: Showtime's epic drama series revolves around two brothers in Providence, R.I.: one a politician, the other a criminal.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
  • Creator: Blake Masters
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 9, 2006
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Every hour is impressive, surprising and entertaining.
  2. Let's get it out the way right now, the blurb that will be quoted after this review is run: "If you see nothing else this summer, watch 'Brotherhood.' "
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    91
    The series occasionally displays the sweat stains of overexertion in the first few episodes... But once the intricate, greasy machinery of the policial/personal gets cranking in Brotherhood, there's no stopping the Caffee clan. [21 Jul 2006, p.59]
  4. 75
    [A] rattling good series. [10 Jul 2006, p.39]
  5. It’s not near HBO quality but certainly better than that “Sleeper Cell” tripe that Showtime put on last year.
  6. But as good as it is, it doesn't quite have the originality, unique perspective and subversive sense of humor that mark HBO's "The Sopranos'' (clearly something of a model), "Deadwood'' and "The Wire.''
  7. 30
    Almost a parody of itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. ChrisC
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    wicked
  2. TonyS
    Sep 17, 2009
    10
    Bring this show back please. With all the nonsense reality shows, it's great to see something so raw. I love the inter-twinned stories and every episode has a superb twist to it. Expand
  3. DianeK
    Jul 24, 2006
    10
    Excellent show. Love the story line. I live in Boston and this "Brotherhood" sounds all too familiar.
  4. MaryKateO
    Oct 1, 2006
    10
    I'm addicated! This could be Showtime's best show ever. The storyline and cast is nothing short of superb and I anxiously await next season. Expand
  5. DeborahS.
    Oct 9, 2007
    10
    I got Showtime only for 1 reason: Jason Isaacs, who is superb in everything he does. I was very surprised at how good the rest of the cast is and how good the show is. Check this one out! Expand
  6. JeffT
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    Great show but really dark. I don't think there's been a smile in any of the shows so far - characters or viewers. But I am hooked!
  7. perrys
    Sep 4, 2006
    3
    The plots are contrived, plodding and predictable and so are the characters. None of them are likeable and I find myself not caring about any of them. The camera work and editing are lousy too. On the whole this show is about as subtle as my comments. Expand

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