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Gang Related, Season 1HDTV-14

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In the gritty new action-drama GANG RELATED, Det. RYAN LOPEZ (Ramon Rodriguez, “Battle Los Angeles,” “The Wire”) is a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn’t know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers – a powerful Latino gang – Los Angelicos.

Customer Reviews

Who Wants Reality?

First off, this show is exactly what it claims to be: Fiction! Anyone writing a review claiming that it isn't "realistic" enough is obviously searching for a new episode of Cops! You want real? Come to my neighborhood and see it. No one wants that reality, trust me. This show is entertaining and packed with actors who can actually act. The storyline is good and it should last at least a few seasons. Thank you Fox for entertaining us without making us feel like were watching the news every night!

Pretentious and Shallow

Gang related opens to an origination scene of a young hispanic American who is presented with gang life by the bully son of a gang leader and his younger sibling a local friend. A viewer will immediately groan as the shaggy dog story is played out, but it turns out this is the high point of the show. The producers of Gang Related take a fairly capable set of actors and dress them in cartoon character histories that shows an incredible tone deafness to nuances of story telling. The hispanic cop gets reintroduced to use during an implausible armored car robber with limpet mines and mass casualties that would have had any other officer fired that instead results in a standing ovation at his gang unit. Reality is completely violated when he and his partner, carrying a pretty strong BAC, enter a dark warehouse in pursuit of a tagger and both get shot. So far I have avoided telling of the heavy handed plot twist that will turn the shaggy dog story into a 'what side is he on’ quizzer, because when the scene of the “powerful" Korean cop holding bolts that sear flesh with third degree charing in his hand, or the cop from “Harlem” with an accent that would normally be heard in a racist parody of inner city language, I stopped being able to watch the show.

Viewers who want a realistic look at gangs made with high art should look to the Wire. Less realistic but masterly crafted the Shield also fills the bill. Gang Related has some actors who could do neat things, but they are tied to impossible characters.

Gang Related

I love this show. It's action packed with great actors and a great plot.

Gang Related, Season 1
View In iTunes $35.88
  • HD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • CCin English for some episodes

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