Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime.
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Series cast summary:
 Tommy Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
 Jimmy Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
 Jenny Reilly (13 episodes, 2007)
 Kevin Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
 Sean Donnelly (13 episodes, 2007)
 Nicky Cottero (13 episodes, 2007)
 Joey Ice Cream (13 episodes, 2007)
 Derek 'Dokey' Farrell (13 episodes, 2007)
 Vinnie Culiari (12 episodes, 2007)
 Earl (12 episodes, 2007)
 Joanie (11 episodes, 2007)
 Jenny's Pop / ... (10 episodes, 2007)
 Helen Donnelly / ... (9 episodes, 2007)
 Young Tommy / ... (9 episodes, 2007)
Jimmy Walsh ...
 Young Jimmy / ... (8 episodes, 2007)
 Louie Downtown (8 episodes, 2007)
 Mel Donnelly (8 episodes, 2007)
 Whitey (6 episodes, 2007)
 Samson (6 episodes, 2007)
 Kate Farrell (6 episodes, 2007)
 Ray / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
 Alo / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
 Nadine / ... (6 episodes, 2007)
 Bobby Donnelly (6 episodes, 2007)
T.J. Stanton ...
 Young Kevin / ... (6 episodes, 2007)


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.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Truth According to Joey Ice Cream  »

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In early drafts, the show was titled "The Truth According To Joey Ice Cream." See more »


[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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Paul Haggis returns to the Irish Mob
13 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Black Donnellys is a return to form for Paul Haggis, the show's creator and executive producer. The lead characters are four Irish-American brothers in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Police, unions, and mob families interact in complex ways that recalls Haggis' short-lived television masterpiece EZ Streets. In The Black Donnellys, Haggis creates an engaging story of family loyalty, desperation, sacrifice and redemption. The Donnellys' world is not as dark and desperate as the unnamed rust belt city of EZ Streets, but the Donnellys are nonetheless bound by history to a path filled with conflict and drama. I found the story believable and engaging. The twists of the story reinforced the character development. Few shows manage such deft intertwining of plot and character. Most must either be characterized as plot-driven or character-driven. The Black Donnellys uses both artistic barrels, with stunning accuracy.

Based on the series Pilot, The Black Donnellys is highly recommended. NBC has a full order of 13 episodes. (The pilot is available through Netflix before the television premier scheduled for March 5, 2007 @ 10:00 PM Eastern, 9:00 PM Central.)

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