On the one hand, this show is very well-written and has some
fabulous actors, especially Ellen Barkin as the matriarch.
Her sons are played by some very fine actors, Scott
Speedman, Shawn Hatosy and others. On the other hand, I
really hate kind of show where the protagonists are bad
people who do illegal things. I can't watch "Breaking Bad"
for that reason, either.
Most new shows feature a
"new guy" who comes in to the workplace or whatever and
shows the audience around as he learns things. This gives
the writers a way to tell the audience what's going on
without using narration or some other awkward device. In
this case, the new guy is young teen Joshua AKA "J" (played
by Jake Weary, who's really great), who goes to live with
his grandmother and uncles after his mom dies of an
overdose. He's very sympathetic and you feel really bad for
him, but then he gets drawn into this criminal lifestyle
with his family.
The interesting questions about the
show are, how far do they go? Will J go along with it, or
will he turn them in? Why was his mother not part of this
Check it out if this description sounds
interesting. I'm sure it's very fun to watch and
entertaining. The first episode had a lot of fun action,
like speeding cars and surfing, and fighting. It seems to be
the usual TNT summer show, like "Graceland."
sorry this review is so late. The show started June 7, but I
was in the middle of moving, so I'm trying to catch up.
After a heroin overdose kills his mom,
teenager Joshua "J" Cody moves to Southern
California to live with his freewheeling relatives.
The family's matriarch is J's estranged grandmother,
Janine "Smurf" Cody, from whom he's been shielded
for years. J soon finds out the reason for the
isolation -- Smurf and "her boys"
make their livings through carefully planned armed
robberies and other criminal activities. Prominent
perpetrators are Smurf's relatively level-headed
right-hand man Baz and her three sons: mentally
disturbed ex-con Pope, hyperactive drug user Craig,
and suspicious Deran. In order to stay alive, J must
prove loyal to his beguiling grandmother, who rules
with a borderline-incestuous love.
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