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 Zeta (17 episodes, 2008-2010)
Claudio Spadaro ...
 Pigreco (17 episodes, 2008-2010)
Orlando Cinque ...
 Trentadenari (16 episodes, 2008-2010)
Massimo De Francovich ...
 Il Vecchio (16 episodes, 2008-2010)
Simone Mori ...
 Maurizio Gemito (16 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Roberta (14 episodes, 2008-2010)
Alberto Gasbarri ...
 Remo Gemito (13 episodes, 2008-2010)
Fausto Paravidino ...
 Ranocchia (12 episodes, 2008-2010)
Antonio Gerardi ...
 Sardo (11 episodes, 2008-2010)
Ivano De Matteo ...
 Puma (10 episodes, 2008-2010)
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 Donatella (9 episodes, 2010)
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A criminal known as Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership (Lebanese is followed by his cohorts Freddo and Dandi) take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970's into the '90's, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy: terrorism, kidnappings and corruption at the highest levels of government. Throughout these years Police Lieutenant Scialoia sticks to the gang's trail, trying both to bring them to justice and to win the heart of Dandi's girlfriend Patrizia. Written by Anonymous

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Roberto Saviano, author of the book 'Gomorrah', on which both the feature film and television series are based has been under 24 hour armed police protection for the past decade. Saviano claimed, that when the book was first released gang members passed copies around as gifts, but as the title gained popularity worldwide, his life became under imminent threat. See more »

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Top notch.
10 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a top notch TV series. Great not just by Italian standards, but by any standard. One of the best, if not the very best crime series I've ever seen, and I consider this better than most crime films. It has nothing to do with the Sopranos, which follows the life of a mafia family, a man at the very top of the food chain and his personal family. This show is about young guys, not a family, only partners in crime, and their rise from the very bottom. It is somewhat similar to Peaky Blinders in that regard.

It is deep and rich. It's not a very fast paced show, but it's fast enough that every episode has actual events and significance. It's not a slow show at all - no mood setting scenes, long dialogues about insignificant things that are just about foreshadowing or symbolism, but it doesn't skip on details of how this gang went up, so no montages to rush through the process just to get us where they are, as an established gang. It's not a story about an established gang, it's the story of the rise of this group of young men in the crime world.

The other recent Italian TV series to get big outside Italy is 1992, but this is much better than 1992. It's better than any Italian series and almost all Italian films. It's seriously that good. It is in my top 20 best TV shows of all time and is rising by the episode.


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