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Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the British series of the same name, Milo's (Billy Zane) early retirement brings together his college friends (Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco and Steve Zahn) in Belize where their vacation exposes secrets and involves them in murder.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 22, 2016
    83
    The repetitive nature of the guys' dilemma--it's essentially "Gilligan's Island" as serialized cable drama--becomes even harder to ignore when watched all in a row.... Yet for all this, it's never boring. The four leads have terrific chemistry, and play the roles with energy that belie their characters' suburban complacency. And the show continually throws interesting guest actors at them.
  2. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Jan 22, 2016
    83
    [Mad Dogs] is perfect escapist fare--by turns funny, frank, and frightening, with terrific, color-saturated cinematography and a central foursome whose long history feels immediately palpable.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 21, 2016
    80
    It moves along at a thriller’s pace, as the men’s troubles accumulate, and there are a lot of satisfying plot turns, blackly comic moments, and guest appearances along the way.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 20, 2016
    60
    It’s a familiar theme, but thrillingly executed in the early going.... Like many streaming series, though, it seems to be marking time in the middle (Amazon previewed six of 10 episodes for critics), as the characters try to escape Belize and the plot tosses them among so many frying pans and fires that the whole thing threatens to overcook.
  5. Reviewed by: Heidi Patalano
    Jan 22, 2016
    60
    It’s frustrating to watch these four men fumble every opportunity to straighten out the mess they descend ever deeper into.... But it’s worth giving Mad Dogs a chance to prove itself to the end of season one. If the action ramps up and the bickering dies down, these dogs could have a few more miles in them.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 22, 2016
    60
    The tropical backdrop looks great--it’s like watching an episode of Survivor with a bunch of hyped-up macho actors (in other words, exactly like an episode of Survivor, minus Jeff Probst). But you have to put up with a lot of macho bluster and silliness, with dialogue that sometimes shades over into Three Stooges territory. (“Why were you running?” “I was running because you were running!”) If your tolerance for tough-guy bravado with flashes of violence is high, you might enjoy running with these mad dogs.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Perkins
    Jan 22, 2016
    42
    Mad Dogs does [stall], frequently and interminably, as the quartet repeatedly makes groaningly dumb choices between boggy respites where they can grouse both about each other and their mundane disappointments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Jan 27, 2016
    10
    EXCELLENT show. I stumbled upon it, and I am so glad I did. The writing, the characterization, all of it came together in a really wellEXCELLENT show. I stumbled upon it, and I am so glad I did. The writing, the characterization, all of it came together in a really well written story. Twists and turns. Expect the unexpected with this one. A total ten!!! Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2016
    10
    I'm always the guy people ask for recommendations for new/cool tv shows and movies. Mad Dogs is my latest find! All four of my roommates andI'm always the guy people ask for recommendations for new/cool tv shows and movies. Mad Dogs is my latest find! All four of my roommates and I loved it and watched all 10 episodes in one weekend! Couldn't turn it off. Can't wait for the second season. Have no idea where they are going to go with it. and I LOVE THAT. Amazon is starting to stack up a bunch of cool original shows. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2016
    10
    Great show! Love the mix of comedy and drama and the amazing cast handles both really well! The writing is really strong and the twists keepGreat show! Love the mix of comedy and drama and the amazing cast handles both really well! The writing is really strong and the twists keep coming all the way to end. Definitely finishes on the best episode of the season too! Hope to see more next year! Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2016
    10
    Edge of your seat intrigue, best dark humor out there. Great idea, great acting, Beautiful location. Impressive how they can came out withEdge of your seat intrigue, best dark humor out there. Great idea, great acting, Beautiful location. Impressive how they can came out with such unexpected twist and turns. You Have to watch Mad Dogs!!! Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2016
    9
    It won us over! We want more! I don't like to be frightened or particularly enjoy watching crime genre, but I somehow related to these guys onIt won us over! We want more! I don't like to be frightened or particularly enjoy watching crime genre, but I somehow related to these guys on vacation The acting and the storytelling reeled me in. About half way through the series my husband put down his game controller and watched it with me. WIN!!! Expand
  6. Feb 3, 2018
    7
    Mad Dogs was given a single season before Amazon decided to not renew. While I did like the show, it is probably for the best.

    A pretty
    Mad Dogs was given a single season before Amazon decided to not renew. While I did like the show, it is probably for the best.

    A pretty dark comedy that is following 4 forty-somethings who go down to Belize for a reunion that evolves into a nightmare of lies, deception, and murder. Based on a British show of the same name.

    Overall the people were pretty good in it, Billy Zane (of a dozen movies including The Phantom) and Michael Imperioli (of Sopranos) were the ones I specifically recognized and were my favorite characters in the show.

    It was an entertaining show, each of the ten episodes they would make the absolute worst choice, people would die, strange people would wander into the show (one example, a little person dressed in a cat mask). Unlike a lot of other shows like this, it didn’t let itself get too dark either.

    The biggest problem was ten episodes was too long for the situation. The original British show (which I hear one of the other actors in this Mad Dogs played the Billy Zane part in the original) was four episodes the first season (and two additional seasons for a total of 10). Meaning this season was two and a half times longer then the British first season and had too much filler.

    Pros: Funny and surprising regularly with decent acting.

    Cons: The material isn’t enough for ten episodes, they should have cut it down a bit.

    Maybe I will try the British version now.
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  7. May 27, 2016
    0
    What a waste of talent and location. Suspense in episode 1 descends into repetitive and frankly boring farce.An utterly risible plot or lackWhat a waste of talent and location. Suspense in episode 1 descends into repetitive and frankly boring farce.An utterly risible plot or lack of it. A real disappointment after Netflix other triumphs like House of Cards Expand

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