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  • Series Premiere Date: May 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

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  • Summary: Officer Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), an infiltrator from a Los Angeles gang, finds his loyalty tested between the criminal family that raised him and his work to curb crime with the city's Gang Task Force led by Sam Chapel (Terry O'Quinn).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    May 22, 2014
    80
    The writing is sharp, the atmosphere thick with tension from, among other things, car and foot chases.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 16, 2014
    75
    In the show's best moments, this moral pickle (being a mole vs. being a cop) leaves Ryan scrambling to improvise ways to prevent gang crimes without really catching anyone. [26 May 2014, p.40]
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 23, 2014
    60
    The action scenes are impressive, the cast admirably diverse (with Cliff Curtis especially strong as Ryan's demanding surrogate father), and the tone suitably rugged. All Gang Related needs to up the ante is a hero who's a little more "anti-."
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    May 19, 2014
    50
    Instead of Ryan being a complex antihero with shades of gray, he’s more like a boring beige.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 21, 2014
    50
    The pilot episode, airing Thursday, is less than promising, but once you get used to the cliches, the loudly telegraphed plot developments and the unrelentingly phony look of the set, the show becomes watchable in subsequent episodes, thanks to a few of the key performances and some well-directed action scenes.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    May 21, 2014
    50
    Gang Related ultimately confuses being grim with being sophisticated, and it too rarely stops to think about what it’s trying to say beyond, “Man, being a dirty cop sure would be tough!”
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 20, 2014
    10
    In Fox’s instantly awful Gang Related, it’s pretty clear right away that you’re dealing with a pile of clichés that, pushed together and financed, can never be more than dreadful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    This show would not make it during the fall season, but for the summer it is ok. It is better than a lot of the other stuff out there. There is one story line - the cop working for the 'family'. Where are his loyalties and will he get caught? There needs to be more to the show than just that story and it needs to move more quickly. Expand
  2. MJJ
    Aug 9, 2014
    10
    My husband and I are really enjoyed this show - best one we've seen in a long time!! Our friends have just started watching and they love it as well. Sure hope it makes it through for another season! Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2014
    9
    Can't believe some of the negativity Gang Related is getting. The writing is not horrible nor the acting, apparently some people don't have good taste or their expectations are way to HIGH! From what I have seen so far this show leaves me wanting more. Mexican Cartels, GTF (gang task force), gang bangers, put them together and it makes for some good writing and theories. I look forward to the shows success and hope it does well enough to be renewed for a season two. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2014
    8
    Not a bad show but to live up to its potential it should have been on HBO not Fox because gangster show with public television limits, you know what I mean Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    8
    I find this show to be very interesting. The plot of having a guy working in the Gang Task Force, as well as being apart of, or "helping" his family who is apart of a gang makes for an interesting series of events. Everything about this show, the Music, Vibe, is great for me. If you are into crime, gangster shows like this, it is enjoyable and kind of refreshing. I really hope that this show is extended to many seasons, because it is cool and good. Expand
  6. Aug 15, 2014
    1
    After watching a number of episodes, all I can say is that the story is just so predictable.
    The show is made from a number of old cliches
    strung together.
    The actors do not have much chemistry.
    This is what makes this show this show kind of boring.
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  7. May 24, 2014
    0
    lazy story and mediocre acting it hasn't contain a thing that you haven't seen before.Same old cop story and with the no of successful cop shows TV,this show is going to face cancellation for sure.So don't spend your time of watching this. Expand

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