Brotherhood

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Brotherhood
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Brotherhood, a Showtime original series, follows the lives of two brothers in the Providence, Rhode Island Irish-American neighborhood known as “The Hill”. The blue-collar neighborhood has roots in old-world ways of street justice and shady dealings. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a family man and local politician who is out to protect the community and its best interests. His world is turned around when his gangster brother Mike (Jason Isaacs) returns to “The Hill” to regain control of the seedy underworld.

Brotherhood's name was changed twice while it was being worked on, the other two names were: Down City and The Hill.

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  • Somehow I never heard of this show?

    6.5
    I don't know how the hell that happened. Seems like something I would like.
  • Good production values, but offers only themes of brutality and greed.

    1.0
    The quality of production is good, offering good settings and lighting, excellent sound, and appropriate costuming. However, in the first two episodes, not one character can be described as a good person. (We don't even know enough about the victims to know if they are good people or not.) Everyone is motivated by no more that absolute self-interest, often to the point of violence. Even when a leading character, a corrupt politician, expresses criticism to his sociopathic brother for hurting others, it is out of concern for his career.



    This program is unrewarding and contributes to the brutalization of our culture.moreless
  • A show that proves you don't need an incidental score to create drama.

    8.3
    I never got into The Sopranos so when I heard about the rave reviews this show was getting I was dubious to give it a try. I'm glad I did cos it has themes to do with politics that I find really interesting. It's quite deep and a show that you feel compelled to watch without knowing why. The fact that its so Raw and has no discernible incidental score yet is compelling is half it's charm, the other half is its character's who are all 3 dimensional and relate to each other as a family unit. In fact family is a very important theme in the show which even translates to secondary families like Tommy Caffee's (the politician brother) relation to the other politician's. Michael Caffee (the gangster brother) has the same with his businesses and their owners that he extorts from. Pete, his righthand man in the first season doesn't like his affiliation with Michael and turns to drink and drugs - Michael Caffee vows to save him from his alcoholism as he's like a brother. The First Season a lot of people may find boring and lose interest as it does drag and the balance is not quite right. Part of the balance problem involves Rose (the 2 brother's manipulative mother) who has a bigger role and is far more active in the first season. Her role in the second season now she doesn't have a job sees her scheming side come to the fore more especially with the introduction of the Irish Cousin Colin. This addresses the balance and pacing well as you almost lose the third thread (featuring even more character's not central to the brother's stories) which made it drag. Colin through Rose links into the 2 lives of both Tommy and Michael as he ends up working for Michael but also spending a hell of a lot of time with Rose and in particular a senile colleague of Tommy's. Altogether the show gets better and better and I look forward to the third season.moreless
  • Most under rated show on television...

    10
    Brotherhood is the most under rated show on television. If this show was advertised more... or if it was on HBO instead of Showtime it would be HUGE... It would be critically acclaimed.. As it stands it is relatively unknown but if you are thinking about whether or not to give it a try then I say you have to.. You wont regret it.. The acting is great.. The script is great... There is no cheesiness.. just a gripping story line that leaves you wanting more each episode.. Brotherhood is a must watch and one of the top five best shows on TV..moreless
  • By by Sopranos hello Brotherhood.

    9.5
    When i first saw Brotherhood being advertised,to be honest i thought this was going to be a rip off of Soprano's but instead of it being the Italian mob it was the Irish.But now that Soprano's is done I thought,ok let's give it a chance.It was a slow starting first epsisode,but after a while all the action starts to begin.It' a well chosen cast and all characters bring Brotherhood to life.Dont get me wrong it's not as good as Soprano's,but it's not far off.If you like your tv series with twists and sexy action and lot's of violence than i suggest you give Brotherhood a chance as i'm already hooked and can't wait for more.The cast is'nt well known,but dont let this put you off.The whole series basis it self around the two main characters who are brothers.Tommy who's is a local politician and the straight living family man,and then mike the gangster and not so straight living brother.Brotherhood is a great mafia based series as you see the story from the good and the bad side.It's well worth a watch as i'm glad i gave it a chance.moreless
  • THE SHOW LASTED THREE SEASONS ON SHOWTIME -- BUT WAS IT ENOUGH?

    Mafia Drama Brotherhood Gets Whacked

    According to E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos, Showtime's drama Brotherhood will not return for a fourth season. Brotherhood depicted an Irish-American mafia family in Rhode Island. The Peabody Award-winning show was known for its quirky writing, initially the work of…

  • SHOWTIME DRAMA GETS THIRD SEASON; COUNTRY MUSIC COMPETITION GETS MOVE TO NBC; MILCH TEAMS WITH HBO YET AGAIN.

    Brotherhood, Nashville Star reupped

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    Family Dramas, Thrillers, Crime