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  • Series Premiere Date: May 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 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: 12 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    This show is compelling and focuses on a part of our society that I don't personally care much for. That being said, because of the content, I am not sure how well the show will do-but it is definitely entertaining, the writing is great, concepts/story lines are great, and the acting is great! I am really intrigued by all the characters and can't wait to see how they develop-I like this show. Don't care for the glamorization of gangsters, but hey-its television! :) Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    9
    This show has great action scenes and keeps me on the edge of my seat. It has a good story line with a cop who has to constantly decide where his loyalty lies, with his family or with his job. Great show for the summer. 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. Jul 12, 2014
    8
    An easy to watch and very enjoyable law enforcement program with a twist. The characters are bolstered by some great acting by Ramon Rodriguez (Ryan), Sung Kang (Tae Kim) and Inbar Lavi (Vee), but let down by RZA (Cassius Green). There are a few eye-rolling moments like characters occasionally having overly convenient CI's and have affiliates within the ethnic gang to which they relate but overall a fun show to watch. It's not "The Wire" but it's certainly better than Hawaii Five-O Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2014
    2
    I dislike this show. I'm watching it only in hopes it gets better, and I'm bored.
    I'm tired of shows (Gang Related-The Bridge)writing
    dialogue in English, and directly translating it to Español.
    We (Mexican Americans) do NOT speak like that...
    We/they have syntax that makes sense in Spanish.
    You might have Mexican American actors, but at least get some speech coaches.
    Or do some due diligence, watch some Mexican Daytime soaps...
    They actually speak the language...
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  6. Jul 20, 2014
    1
    This show could have had much better ratings but it's not surprising that it doesn't. If the main character continues with his "deer in the headlights" look every time he is suspected of being the mole, I will throw my shoe at the TV screen! Plus the actor that plays Javier Acosta definitely does not know Spanish, he has a terrible accent. The head of the Metas is actually a Cuban actor, so the Mexican accent is lacking. The writing of this show is so predictable and boring, please! Can we find another show that the main actor gets involved with his boss' daughter, who also happens to be a DA? No creativity at all. I would not be surprised if this show is not renewed. Expand
  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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