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There may be no series on television that takes as much pleasure in the freedoms of cable as "Banshee," the first original series produced solely for HBO sister channel Cinemax. A joyously pulpy saga executive produced by Alan Ball ("True Blood"), "Banshee" is an action drama about an ex-con (Antony Starr) who arrives in the small town of Banshee, Pa in search of the woman (Ivana Miličević) for whom he went to jail, and who ends up assuming the identity of Lucas Hood, the newly hired sheriff who gets killed before he ever has a chance to claim the job. In addition to the hardened criminals trying to pass themselves off as law enforcement or turn over a new leaf as wives and mothers, "Banshee" turns out to have its fair share of interesting complications, including a formerly Amish criminal kingpin (Ulrich Thomsen) and his Native American rival (Anthony Ruivivar »

- Alison Willmore

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