Mob City

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Mob City tells the true story of the epic conflict between the LAPD and gang leader Mickey Cohen. Set primarily in the 1940s & 50s, Mob City is filled with high glamour and low-life thugs. The show stars Joe Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, and Alexa Davalos. Simon Pegg is also a guest star.

Its based off of the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin.


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    • Hecky Nash & Crime Story We Hardly Knew Ya

      A period crime piece Mob City focuses on the . gangster scene post World War II. If one was to compare it to past TV series one might say it was a west coast,mostly fictional, new take on The Untochables. In reality it seemed to use the 80's Michael Mann produced "Crime Story" series as a rough template. So, with two excellent past TV series jumping off points what went wrong?

      First, the 40's are Kodachrome to the sixties Technicolor. Though this series depicted excellent period ambience it's a period many simply find less interesting to begin with. Actually not this viewer as I loved the locales, the wardrobes, the cars, and the ambience. It was well crafted in appearance. Then there's the cast, Mod City's cast was solid, even surprising in a good way with Simon Peg as small time comedian Hecky Nash. Ed Burns, rarely if ever seen on TV, was a real feather in the producer's cap as Benny "Bugsy" Siegel. The best, however, was the casting of Robert Knepper as Sid Rothman a muscle man for Siegel and Mickey Cohen. Knepper is truly perfect for the role and steals most of his scenes effortlessly. Perhaps, if there's a problem,, the casting of central protagonist police detective Joe Teague might have been somewhat of a letdown. Not that Jon Bernthal isn't good as Joe Teague, but compared to Crime Story's utterly fantastic introduction of Dennis Farina as detectective Mike Torello, Bernthal just can't invest the audience likewise. Perhaps, it's meant to be, but one really can't love his character in the way a central figure can carry a show.

      All the above said, Mob City is still a show this viewer liked enough to watch with hopes it was going to find it's footing. Surely the . mob in the forties and fifties could provide ample fodder. With only 6 episodes being aired before the axe fell it has lost some of the heady steam of the first two installments. Even so, the show held great promise it would get it's grove back and it is with regret we'll never have that pleasure. Definitely worth revisiting the six episodes out there with the hopes that the ones already in the can but not televised will surface.moreless
    • Snap..

      I was waiting for a show like this for a while and it lasted about as long as a regular season of Sherlock, collar me disappointed. And not for any other reason than me wanting more and wanting it now. Someone give this show a second season to prove itself in the eyes of the public, it certainly proved itself in mine.
    • The Other Gangster Squad

      Love'd it. Just that. Great show. Great actors. Despite the slow start that everyones been talking about (I didn't really feel it was that slow, it's a great great show, cool noir story. It's a tv show, they're supposed to be a little exagerated, in the way they look in they way they talk and in everything else.
    • amazing

      initially slow all of a sudden u realize that this is an awesome show . totally loving it
    • Glad to finally have a mafia show...


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