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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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Series cast summary:
Jason Isaacs ...  Michael Caffee 29 episodes, 2006-2008
Jason Clarke ...  Tommy Caffee 29 episodes, 2006-2008
Annabeth Gish ...  Eileen Caffee 29 episodes, 2006-2008
Kevin Chapman ...  Freddie Cork 29 episodes, 2006-2008
Fiona C. Erickson Fiona C. Erickson ...  Mary Rose Caffee 27 episodes, 2006-2008
Fionnula Flanagan ...  Rose Caffee 25 episodes, 2006-2008
Brian Scannell ...  Silent John 25 episodes, 2006-2008
Kerry O'Malley ...  Mary Kate Martinson / ... 22 episodes, 2006-2008
Billy Smith ...  Kevin 'Moe' Reilly / ... 21 episodes, 2006-2008
Madison Garland Madison Garland ...  Lila Caffee / ... 21 episodes, 2006-2008
Ethan Embry ...  Declan 'Decko' Griggs 20 episodes, 2006-2008
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Colin 18 episodes, 2007-2008
Tina Benko ...  Kath Parry / ... 19 episodes, 2006-2008
Kailey Gilbert Kailey Gilbert ...  Noni Caffee 16 episodes, 2006-2008
Frank Ridley ...  Terry Mulligan 16 episodes, 2006-2008
Matt Servitto ...  Representative Donatello 15 episodes, 2006-2008
Georgia Lyman ...  Cassie Giggs 14 episodes, 2006-2008
John Fiore ...  Alphonse Nozzoli / ... 14 episodes, 2006-2008
Karl Bury ...  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 city has two sons. Only one can rule The Hill. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Down City See more »

Filming Locations:

Barrington, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Only 3 of the main actors are Irish or of Irish descent, those being, Fionnula Flanagan, Brían F. O'Byrne, and Fiona C. Erickson (whose maternal grandfather was born and raised in Westport, Co. Mayo). See more »

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A strong drama series with fascinating social commentary
19 May 2007 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

The setup of "Brotherhood" seems rather simple, but it works. The series is about two powerful and intelligent brothers, a gangster (Michael) and a politician (Tommy), who are always scheming to advance their respective agendas. Sometimes they work together, but more often they have serious personality clashes. In a nutshell, the series deals with the effects that their power games have on a lower-middle-class community in Providence, Rhode Island.

Part of me has a hard time believing the series' depiction of Providence as such a violent, chaotic town, but I suppose some suspension of disbelief is required for nearly all TV shows. But, for the most part, I find Brotherhood extremely realistic, especially in its depiction of the darker aspects of life - e.g. violence, domestic troubles, political backstabbing, and substance abuse.

A major theme of the series is that Providence is changing with the times. Michael in particular seems unable to accept that his old Irish neighborhood is becoming increasingly dominated by minorities, and that the family-owned businesses he loved as a kid are closing down and being replaced by corporations like Starbucks. I quite enjoyed the episodes which focused on this theme; the series, at times, is a pretty harsh condemnation of the corporatization of society and its effects on ordinary, working people in Michael's area.

Of course, the series isn't always so weighty, and it has other forms of appeal (namely sex, violence, and profanity, all of which feature in great abundance). If you're turned off by crassness and relentlessly vulgar people, "Brotherhood" probably isn't for you, though it does have some sensitive moments.

As much as I liked it, the first season did have a few weak points. Some of the political story-lines were repetitive, and occasionally I was put off by the dark tone. However, even during the weaker mid-season episodes, the actors consistently gave strong performances and held my attention. Jason Isaacs, who plays Michael, is incredibly charismatic, and manages to come across as both repugnant and sympathetic (a neat trick, huh?) The rest of the cast is great, too, but somehow Isaacs stands out.

The season ended on a pretty good cliffhanger, though I was left wanting a little more. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if season two gives me what I want. For now, though, I'm confident in asserting that "Brotherhood" is one of the best new TV shows in years, and I've been recommending it like crazy to my friends. It's addictive for all the right reasons.


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