The Black Donnellys (2007– )

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Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime.

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The story of the Donnelly family's arrival in Canada and their realization that what they tried to escape from in Ireland continues in Canada.

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 Tommy Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Jimmy Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Jenny Reilly (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Kevin Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Sean Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Nicky Cottero (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Joey Ice Cream (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Derek 'Dokey' Farrell (13 episodes, 2007)
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 Vinnie Culiari (12 episodes, 2007)
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 Earl (12 episodes, 2007)
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 Joanie (11 episodes, 2007)
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 Jenny's Pop / ... (10 episodes, 2007)
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 Helen Donnelly / ... (9 episodes, 2007)
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 Young Tommy / ... (9 episodes, 2007)
Jimmy Walsh ...
 Young Jimmy / ... (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Louie Downtown (8 episodes, 2007)
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 Mel Donnelly (7 episodes, 2007)
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 Whitey (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Samson (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Kate Farrell (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Ray / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Alo / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
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 Nadine / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
John Bolger ...
 Bobby Donnelly (6 episodes, 2007)
T.J. Stanton ...
 Young Kevin / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
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Four very different Irish-American brothers - Kevin, Jimmy, Tommy and Sean - have sworn to live by the code of "family first." But as they become increasingly involved in the ruthless world of New York organized crime, their loyalties to their friends, to their loved ones, and especially to each other will be put to the ultimate test. Written by Anonymous

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Family Above All.

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26 February 2007 (USA)  »

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The Truth According to Joey Ice Cream  »

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The series was originally expected to debut during fall 2006, but was bumped to January 2007 to replace ER (1994) during its hiatus. In fall 2006, ER (1994) had such good ratings that NBC decided to scrap the hiatus, and The Black Donnellys (2007) was pushed back to March 2007. Another new NBC show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006), faltered, and The Black Donnellys (2007) was put in its time slot in February 2007. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective at prison: So, where are the bodies?
Joey Ice Cream: Ah, man. These guys are my friends.
Detective at prison: Here's the deal, Joey. You tell us where the bodies are, how they got there, and you stay in solitary, nice and safe. You lie, you go to general population where more people than I can count want to see you dead.
Joey Ice Cream: [looking nervous]
Detective Sunny: [throws a book down on the table harshly] Where are the bodies?
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Make No Mistake - The Black Donnelly's Should STAY.
7 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's early to say this but judging by the first two episodes this show is going to be something special. I love this show. Now, granted I was at first interested in it because the main characters are Irish, as I am. But this show is about so much more than just being Irish, or even just the mob/organized crime. It's like the tagline for the show says.. "Family above all" and how far one brother is willing to go to protect his brothers. Will he put himself first? Or will he save his brothers? Some people say this show is like The Departed (Which I loved, so I'm not saying anything bad about the Departed)

It's only like The Departed because 1.) The main characters are Irish. 2.) It features some organized crime (but mostly dis-organized) and violence. This really is an excellent show. Not many shows have the balls to put so much effort into a pilot. Pilot episodes are usually those boring shows that set up the story but have nothing to them. This series pilot was intriguing and actually had a plot and trusted you to keep up, which is something most pilots wouldn't even dream of doing. The second episode just proved how great this show is. Not only is it violent and all - but it has a dark sense of humor. Which is great, I personally find it very entertaining.

So here's what I'll say... Watch the Black Donnellys. Give this show a chance. This is my new favorite TV show, and if NBC does something RIDICULOUS and cancels this amazing show I will forever give up watching TV because this is a great series and I can't wait to see how it unfolds.


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