Brotherhood, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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A working-class Irish family is torn between right and wrong when two brothers live out their destinies on opposite sides of the law. While Tommy pursues ambitions as a rising star in politics, Michael seeks power the only way he knows how — amidst the gritty underworld of violence and crime. And in a world where mothers choose favorites, wives keep secrets, and friends are won and lost by the deals that they make, doing what is right — and doing what is necessary — are rarely the same. Be a part of the series which Entertainment Weekly calls "smart, saucy, and ever-so-satisfying." You will not be disappointed.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMark 8:36||Tommy Caffee is a rising star in Rhode Island politics and the prince of his home ward, a working class Irish district known as the Hill. Local gangster Patty Mullin’s murder opens the door to the return of Tommy’s brother Michael, whom Patty had sworn to kill. As Michael starts reclaiming his lost criminal enterprises, Irish mob boss Freddie Cork threatens to whack Michael unless Tommy throws state contracts Freddie’s way. Meanwhile, Michael gets into a beef with Moe Riley, one of Freddie Cork’s underlings, who is currently in control of Michael’s old turf. Eileen Caffee, Tommy’s wife, has secrets of her own: she’s meeting an old boyfriend, now a postman, at a local motel, where they smoke dope and have sex. In the end, Michael achieves a tenuous treaty with Freddie.||54:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGenesis 27:29||Defying Freddie’s direct orders, Michael and his old partner, Pete McGonagle, intimidate a local merchant into selling them her store for half its worth. When the merchant goes to Tommy to complain, Tommy passes her off to police detective Declan Giggs, who used to date Tommy’s sister in high school. Declan compromises himself when he makes the complaint go away. Tommy’s efforts to stop the new highway, including a deal with the mysterious power-broker Judd, lead him to bribe and blackmail two of his fellow representatives. The conflict between Eileen’s public demeanor and private pain are thrown into relief when she learns that her sister-in-law is having medical problems.||55:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMatthew 13:57||A local garbage strike puts Tommy in the difficult position of mediating between the garbage collectors’ union, controlled by Freddie Cork, and the mayor of Providence. To end the strike, he is forced to surrender a piece of his independence to Judd. Eileen struggles to pull out of a tailspin after her lover Carl ends their illicit affair. Michael’s continuing effort to expand his criminal activities is thwarted when he discovers that his old gang has lost its teeth and that he and Pete are on their own. He’s further disappointed when he goes to visit his old girlfriend Kath Parry and finds that she’s married and has two children. In the end, Michael’s frustration explodes in the wrong place at the wrong time in front of the wrong person -– his eight-year-old niece, Noni.||54:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMatthew 5:6||Based on a tip from Moe Riley, Treasury agents, looking for Michael’s counterfeit currency, raid Rose Caffee’s house during Sunday dinner, when the entire family is present. The agents don’t find the currency, but bad publicity generated by the raid causes the Speaker to kill an important real estate deal that Tommy desperately needs. To survive, Tommy is forced to pledge his fealty to the Speaker. For Tommy’s oldest daughter, Mary Rose, the raid initiates a growing fascination with her dangerous uncle, Michael. Michael, in revenge for the raid, frames Moe Riley for murder.||55:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMatthew 12:25||When Freddie Cork refuses to let Michael and Pete play on his softball team in a local bar tournament, Michael goes out and takes over his own bar. When the two teams meet, things get stormy. Rose discovers firsthand the destructive power of globalization; as a shop steward for her union, she loses a fight to stop layoffs within her factory and is herself fired. When the Speaker proposes a new waste disposal station in Tommy’s district, Tommy plays fast and loose to make sure his constituents are properly compensated; if along the way a few extra dollars end up in his own pocket, so be it.||54:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSamyutta 11:10||When Declan and Ralph mistakenly shoot an undercover Federal agent, Michael steps forth to help them get rid of the body. Though Declan and Ralph get away clean, their partnership is now contaminated. Tommy’s embarrassed that he had to borrow money from his in-laws and sets out to pay them back. Using his political pull with the zoning board, Tommy lands himself a big fat real estate commission. Eileen’s substance abuse gets out of hand and causes her to abandon the family cat out in the woods. Guilt-stricken, she returns to retrieve the cat and is arrested for erratic behavior. Forced to bail her out, Tommy can no longer deny the problems in his marriage. Mary-Rose finds a joint in Eileen’s pocket and can’t resist trying it. When her uncle Michael catches her, her fascination with him only intensifies. She ends up working in his liquor store after school.||46:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGenesis 27:39||When the owner of Tommy and Michael’s childhood movie theater ends up in debt to Michael, Michael convinces Tommy to help save the theater from the wrecking ball. Tommy agrees, on the condition that Michael have nothing to do with the big benefit Tommy organizes. Michael sticks by the deal, but Freddie Cork steals the fundraiser proceeds and the theater is forced to close. Michael’s sidekick Pete falls off the wagon; Michael helps get him back into AA. In the throes of a deep depression, Eileen confesses all her sins to a startled Mary-Kate. Mary-Kate urges her to get psychiatric help. Meanwhile, Rose starts a new job in a big box store and realizes the powerlessness of the contemporary American non-union worker. Corrupt union boss Marty Trio (Episodes 101, 103) confesses to Declan that he has cancer. Declan tries to turn him as a witness. Marty refuses.||52:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJob 31:5-6||Michael takes his old girlfriend Kath Perry (Episode 103) on a milk run to New Jersey to pick up some money for Freddie. When things get messy, Michael resorts to what he does best –- violence. Because Kath sticks by him, he realizes how much he cares for her. Sensing Michael drifting away from her, Rose goes overboard in planning a surprise birthday party for Michael, only to be angered when Michael shows up with Kath in tow. Determined to stay sober, Eileen fends off her demons as best she can. The stress proves too much and she falls off the wagon and is caught drinking by Pete. The Speaker of the House tumbles in a scandal, and Tommy plays on the insecurities of the new Speaker to get himself promoted to Majority Leader, the number two position in the House.||55:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEcclesiastes 7:2||A bus loaded with people from The Hill crashes while returning from a Patriots' game. The accident is caused by a suicide jumper leaping from a highway overpass. The jumper was Freddie Cork’s oldest son Ricky. Freddie enlists Tommy in his effort to get Ricky a proper Catholic funeral. Michael discovers that Ricky was in the closet. He uses this information to manipulate Freddie, who in a rage kills Ricky’s gay lover. Among the dead is Carl Hobbs, Eileen’s erstwhile lover, and Leanne Trio, Marty Trio’s wife. Carl’s death makes Eileen want to atone for her sins. Leanne’s death convinces Marty that he should turn state’s evidence.||54:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoVivekachudamani :51||Neil Caffee, Tommy and Michael’s father, turns up and threatens to sell Rose’s house out from under her unless his sons help him out of a $200,000 financial jam. Tommy and Michael have only one goal: to get Neil out of their lives forever. Surprisingly, it’s Tommy who loses his temper and turns to violence. Michael stays cool and gets the job done. Pete and Eileen have their own secret little AA meeting. But it’s Pete who falls off the wagon after Michael orders him to kill a fourteen-year-old drug dealer. And it’s Eileen who comes to Pete’s rescue. Rose finds herself ostracized by her friends because of Michael’s growing criminal activities. For the first time Rose admits to herself what Michael does for a living and confronts him about it. Tommy is furious when he discovers Mary-Rose working at Michael’s liquor store. Whatever goodwill was won by their joint effort to get rid of Neil is now squandered.||49:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMatthew 22:10||Moe Riley, fresh from jail, is ordered by Freddie Cork to kill Michael by the end of the big Irish wedding. When Tommy discovers this, Freddie threatens to expose Tommy’s corruption if he warns Michael. Tommy begs Michael to leave but won’t say why. Michael refuses. Declan realizes his boss has told Marty Trio to get Tommy on tape saying something incriminating. Declan warns Tommy, but feels so guilty that he gets rip-roaring drunk. Eileen has a wonderful time at the wedding, drinking, smoking pot, flirting, but a chance encounter changes her perspective on everything. Finally, in a drunken rage, Declan confronts Michael when he catches Michael slipping a bribe to his partner Ralph.||53:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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Compelling character-driven drama
While these two brothers are obviously unusual--one an up-and-coming young politician, the other a long-absent violent hoodlum--they and the rest of their family experience and express situations so universal that you can't help but be drawn in and sympathise with their struggles. Great writing and uniformly wonderful performances, especially from Jasons Clarke and Isaacs!
I thought it was overrated to be honest. It had its moments but I think five stars is pushing it.