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"Underground" review by Suzanne 3/11/16
Airs Wednesdays 10/9c on WGNA

This is a really great show. It's tempting to say it's like an updated version of "Roots" but with much more interesting characters and better writing. It's all about some slaves using the underground railroad in an area near Atlanta.

There are many characters to keep track of, but it's not that difficult. Aldis Hodge ("Leverage") stars as one of the slaves, a blacksmith named Noah who's planning to escape to the "promised land" with other slaves. He's very smart but secretive. Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Rosalee, another slave whose whole family works at the plantation. She and Noah start up a friendship. Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") plays a local man, August, with an ailing wife, a young son, and some big secrets. Alano Miller plays Cato, a slave who seems loyal to the master, so the other slaves despise him. Marc Blucas ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") plays John Hawkes, a Northern abolitionist lawyer. His wife, Elizabeth (Jessica de Gouw), is a little weird and very sensitive to the fact that she hasn't had any children. They move down to the South to stay with John's brother, plantation owner Tom, who wants to run for Governor. There are many other great characters, but you get the idea. It's a complex drama with many characters.

The writing from Misha Green (who worked on "Sons of Anarchy" and "Spartacus") is pretty tight, and as the characters are introduced, the story is carefully woven. It's a riveting story from the very first ten minutes. I'm really enjoying it and plan to keep watching. I don't have much time to add new shows, but this one is going to my list because that's how good it is.  John Legend is one of the executive producers. You don't want to miss this one!

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"Underground" follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom.

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