The Black Donnellys : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2007
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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 220 Ratings

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  • Summary: From "Crash" director and writers Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco comes this organized crime drama centering on an Irish-American family in New York City.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. It feels like Haggis and Moresco are picking up right where “EZ Streets” left off.
  2. All the Haggis-Moresco touches are here, from the imaginative choices and uses of music to the sly surprises and twisted humor.
  3. 70
    Those viewers who can come to terms with Joey's voice will find themselves richly rewarded by the powerful performances of Tucker as Tommy Donnelly and Olivia Wilde as Jenny Reilly.
  4. If "Donnellys" wants a shot at doing better than "Studio 60" in its timeslot, it needs at least a hint of a larger-than-life figure.
  5. It sounds like the kind of "keeping up with HBO" series Showtime would do, except the premium cable channel already aired an Irish mobster series, "Brotherhood." And it had richer characters and superior plotting.
  6. 30
    Unfortunately, the young actors on display aren’t compelling enough to make us care much beyond their sometimes stupidly self-induced crises.
  7. NBC sent out five episodes; I sat through three before throwing the DVD on the Donate to Public Library pile. I would like to apologize in advance to the library.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 151
  1. PenelopeE
    Mar 12, 2007
    10
    Extremely engaging. Whatever flaws this show has are more than made for by it's great acting and extremely gripping Extremely engaging. Whatever flaws this show has are more than made for by it's great acting and extremely gripping storyline...Tucker's abs don't hurt matters either. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    It was an extremely well-conceived series. Unfortunately, it was produced in denial of the reality, that it wouldn't reach its audience untilIt was an extremely well-conceived series. Unfortunately, it was produced in denial of the reality, that it wouldn't reach its audience until it found its way to internet streaming, years after it was cancelled. Oh well. It's the last thing keeping my subscription to Netflix active. Once I'm done with Black Donnellys, there's nothing left on TV worth watching, IMHO. Expand
  3. CalebC
    Mar 19, 2007
    10
    Best new Show since Lost. Reminicent of Goodfellas and The Departed
  4. sadyj
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Best "real" show in a while...so much more exquisite from all the cookie cutter dramas and brainless reality tv
  5. AriannaS.
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    Great show I don't understand why it was canceled. The only time I saw anything about before the show actually aired was in the movie Great show I don't understand why it was canceled. The only time I saw anything about before the show actually aired was in the movie theaters. I think given time the show would have been a hit at least it is with me! Expand
  6. AlfredR.
    Dec 28, 2007
    9
    Great show To bad it's off the air!
  7. JoeW
    Feb 26, 2007
    0
    Garbage.

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