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The Gates

"The Gates" season premiere  by Suzanne
On ABC Sundays at 10/9c

I have been enjoying "The Gates" on ABC this summer. You should definitely check it out. It's good drama.

A Chicago cop, Nick Monohan, takes a job in an exclusive gated community in the suburbs. He and his family move there and are surprised to find themselves in a huge house with a pool. We learn pretty early on that the community is made up of supernatural people like vampires, werewolves, and witches. They like "The Gates" because they get their privacy and are able to hide from the world.

Now, it would seem a huge plot flaw that they don't tell Nick about who inhabits The Gates. Why would they hire an outsider? Well, it appears that they were bribing the previous police chief (who is found dead), so that is maybe one reason. The cop has a shady past in his previous job. He got in trouble for something and is clearly very devoted to his job, so maybe they figured they could bribe him. Or maybe someone is pulling the strings behind his hiring, and they want someone from the outside that will expose the supernatural people living there. We don't know yet what the reason is, but I don't think it's just bad writing.

There are many things going on with the various characters in the show, so each week we learn a little more. It is very intriguing. The casting was done really well and I have enjoyed the stories. They have both adults and teens, so people of all ages can watch it.

So, in short, it's a soap opera with supernatural elements. Fans of shows like Vampire Diaries, Dark Shadows, Passions, Port Charles, True Blood, etc. should enjoy it.

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