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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The New York Yankees during the time when the Son of Sam was killing, blackouts were common and a bitter election cycle.
  • Genre(s): Sports, Drama, Sports
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    Everyone is spectacular, even the secondary players like Leonard Armond Robinson as Mickey Rivers, who steals more scenes than bases, and Erik Jensen, who so underplays Munson that he's mesmerizing - and, most especially, Michael Rispoli, who plays Jimmy Breslin - or should I say becomes Breslin? Don't miss it. Just great.
  2. It is a gripping and explosively acted piece that involves the New York Yankees, the Son of Sam killer and the infamous 25-hour blackout that darkened all of New York City.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    As well as New Yorkers know these three characters, it's amazing how quickly the real faces fade and the three actors here become their own "strong-willed people."
  4. 70
    It's supposed to be a story of New York and its many demons, but it works best as a tale of loud, proud, surprisingly brittle men.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    The unsettling juxtaposition of Yankees fever with Son of Sam's reign of terror is intriguing, but could have used a stronger authorial voice to tie it together.... Still, even non-Yankees fans should enjoy this one.
  6. You don't have to be a New Yorker to enjoy ESPN's eight-part miniseries, The Bronx is Burning, although it might help.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    The adaptation of Mahler's book deals with this material in a fashion not so much dumbed-down as lobotomized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. ChampG.
    Jul 31, 2007
    9
    Very enjoyable watch. I did not follow the Yanks back in '77, but this series brings to life a part of baseball history. Two thumbs up.
  2. othos.
    Jul 13, 2007
    9
    As a lifelong Yankees fan until 1978, when Steinbrenner drove me to the Cubs, the first episode is a validation of my choice. Superbly acted As a lifelong Yankees fan until 1978, when Steinbrenner drove me to the Cubs, the first episode is a validation of my choice. Superbly acted by Turturro and Platt as the centers of the maelstrom, the debut left me eager to see the rest of the series. I think it was a good idea that the producers and director decided to go the HOOSIERS route with the rest of the actors, using athletes who are given limited lines rather than actors who don't move like ballplayers (see: Anthony Perkins in FEAR STRIKES OUT and Gary Cooper in PRIDE OF THE YANKEES Expand
  3. equality7-2521
    Jul 12, 2007
    8
    I watched the first episode. I'm hooked. I'm a Los Angeles Dodgers fan so I am keenly interested in the Yankees of 77 and 78, who I watched the first episode. I'm hooked. I'm a Los Angeles Dodgers fan so I am keenly interested in the Yankees of 77 and 78, who beat us... At this point in the show, I feel for Billy Martin. As a kid, all I remember was Billy Martin getting fired and rehired over and over. Anyway, I'm going to try to catch the remainder of this mini-series to find out what REALLY happened behind the scenes. The one thing I don't like is the Son of Sam stuff. If you want to make reference to the murders via headlines in the paper, that's fine. But the re-enactments are just lame. If I wanted to see that, I'd rent Spike Lee's Summer of Sam. Expand
  4. brentoni
    Jul 17, 2007
    8
    An entertaining show. Drama, history, and sport rolled into one.
  5. anonymous
    Jul 11, 2007
    6
    Not bad, but could have been better.