Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).

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 Michael Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Tommy Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Eileen Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Freddie Cork (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Mary Rose Caffee (27 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Rose Caffee (25 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Silent John (25 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Lila Caffee / ... (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Declan 'Decko' Griggs (20 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Colin (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Noni Caffee (16 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Terry Mulligan (16 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Cassie Giggs (14 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Alphonse Nozzoli / ... (14 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Alex Byrne / ... (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
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Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).

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The series was inspired by real-life Irish American brothers from the Irish neighborhood of South Boston: James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., a gangster who has been on the F.B.I.'s Most Wanted List for 10 years as a fugitive from justice, and William Bulger (known as "Billy"), a powerful state politician who was President of the Massachusetts Senate and later president of the University of Massachusetts higher educational system. See more »

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Truly interesting
5 January 2007 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I do believe this is the best series I've ever watched. As far as its authenticities go concerning accents and mannerisms, I can not attest to this. I can say however that the casting job was wonderful. The way this show is written allows the series to make a statement about how politics and organized crime (even at a small level) are very similar. Michael Caffee shows up in town after several years away to find his family where he left them. His Brother tommy is a politician and though they have chosen completely different lives, they seem to have the kind of bond that is missing in America today. Right off the back we find in the series how connected the whole town is based on their roots and having grown up together. All the gangsters, politicians, and everyone else seem to be quite intertwined in the general plots in the first series, but the most impressive character to me is Michael Caffee. I don't think I've ever seen a better casting job, and the strength in his face when he looks at the camera is truly exactly what you see in a street guys face. But as I said they are all perfectly cast. I cant imagine how the show could be better except I think there could be a bit more about what michaels doing sometimes because some gaps need to be filled. On the other hand I cant say that the more political episodes weren't good as they lay the ground for much of the general plot lines in the series and would if this were real life affect their lives more than Michaels entanglements. In a way this kind of sums up the two brothers personalities where michael being more in charge of his own life stays in the shadows, while Tommy's public life forces him to be more slippery and therefore is harder to control. In summation It is the best gangster show I've seen and only hope that unlike the sopranos it doesn't drift off the main focus. The only way this could happen i think is if they loose the balance of showing all the characters which happened very much in the sopranos.


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