Brotherhood : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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75

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9.0

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  • 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 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.' "
  2. Every hour is impressive, surprising and entertaining.
  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. The acting here is exceptional and the writing strong and honest. Though "Brotherhood" may not be in the rarefied air of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire," it's still a major achievement for Showtime's original-series development and yet another top-notch cable drama.
  5. 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.''
  6. It’s not near HBO quality but certainly better than that “Sleeper Cell” tripe that Showtime put on last year.
  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
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  2. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    Awesome. Far better than 99% of current cliche mafia/cop dramas filling up the TV schedules. This is one of those rare shows that should mostAwesome. Far better than 99% of current cliche mafia/cop dramas filling up the TV schedules. This is one of those rare shows that should most definitely be brought back or made into a movie!!! 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 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 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 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. Collapse

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