The Black Donnellys : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2007
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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 152
  1. HKinsey
    Mar 12, 2007
    10
    Fantastic show. I hope it sticks around.
  2. May 10, 2017
    10
    This just goes to show how flawed NBC programing decisions are, and how online whole season releases save great shows because of superiorThis just goes to show how flawed NBC programing decisions are, and how online whole season releases save great shows because of superior response abilities. This show was great. Had it run today, netflix would have bought it and put out at least two more seasons. Until I saw it this year, I never heard about this show. I found it compelling, and am crushed that I will not see any plot developement or narative resolved. Pity, it was great..... Expand
  3. CalebC
    Mar 19, 2007
    10
    Best new Show since Lost. Reminicent of Goodfellas and The Departed
  4. zacs
    May 14, 2007
    10
    best show ever made. PERIOD.
  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. waynec.
    Jul 11, 2007
    9
    This is awesome TV and I hope it cntinues. I found myself rooting for these crooks and strugle to see why others wouldn't. I would much This is awesome TV and I hope it cntinues. I found myself rooting for these crooks and strugle to see why others wouldn't. I would much rather see these new faces than some has been movie actor who has "succomed" to TV because he needs the money. Expand
  7. JoeW
    Feb 26, 2007
    0
    Garbage.

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