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A group of guys travel to Belize to see an old friend, when things take an unexpectedly dark turn.

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Cris Cole
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Ben Chaplin ...  Joel 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Michael Imperioli ...  Lex 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Romany Malco ...  Gus 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Steve Zahn ...  Cobi 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Phil Davis ...  Lawrence 10 episodes, 2015-2016
Mark Povinelli ...  The Cat 8 episodes, 2015-2016
Rachael Holmes ...  Erica 8 episodes, 2016
María Botto ...  Sophia Moreno / ... 6 episodes, 2015-2016
Coby Bell ...  Aaron 5 episodes, 2016
Raphael D. Cotto Raphael D. Cotto ...  Nestor / ... 5 episodes, 2015-2016
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When a group of underachieving 40-something friends gather in Belize to celebrate the early retirement of an old friend, a series of wild, comedic events unfold, exposing dark secrets and a web of lies, deception and murder. Written by Amazon Studios

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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USA

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English

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15 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Între prieteni See more »

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Puerto Rico

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Athena Karkanis played Sophia Moreno in original pilot, but the role was recast when the series was picked up, and María Botto replaced her. See more »

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Shadow visible on Gus' white t-shirt when group is talking to Aaron. See more »

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Remake of Mad Dogs (2011) See more »

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Cum on Feel the Noize
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Written by Noddy Holder (as Neville Holder) and Jim Lea (as James Lea)
Performed by Slade
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Delightfully daft, often funny remake of the original, but with reservations
7 January 2016 | by pfgpowell-1See all my reviews

I reviewed the US version of Mad Dogs after seeing the first, pilot episode, and what I wrote then still more or less stands and this is it. But I have added a few more comments at the end after watching another six to qualify that.

I'm rather baffled why the U.S. has a compulsion to remake films and, as here, series and doesn't just present its audiences with the original. The remakes are often quite good, but why remake them? But anyhow...

I've seen all three seasons of the original Brit version of Mad Dogs and I can't recommend it highly enough for often very funny sly humour, suspense, intrigue and sheer entertainment. And I'm happy to report that this remake is almost as good - at least in the first few episodes - most probably because the Brit creator, Cris Cole, is again at the helm. That is a relief after seeing so many films (from all around the world) which eventually let you down. As I say the humour, very British humour I have to say, does travel well, and might have you laughing out loud on occasion, but it is far more than just a black comedy. The first episode starts off slowly and quietly, then 42 minutes in . . . I can recommend this. The casting is excellent, the dialogue natural and the story quite bizarre. Don't hesitate, please, treat yourselves.

POSTSCRIPT: For the US market, the producers have tinkered a little - well, tinkered quite a lot - syncopating the original plots and expanding the story, introducing new characters and, it has to be said, in the process they created something of a different animal. Whereas in the original British version the humour - very black and often unobtrusive - was a continual thread throughout (until the two- episode finale which was something of a letdown) and formed the series backbone, for the US the humour is more or less abandoned as a central trope and the series becomes more of an action piece. There's nothing wrong with that, but it does lose a little of its edge as a result. But then it is intended for a different market and culture.

Another difference is that despite the utterly bizarre plot twists and very silly situations the four characters find themselves in, in the original version it all somehow holds together well - it's as though they are caught in a one-way system and there's no turning back. Conversely the new version increasingly doesn't quite hold together: there are several points where the four could all have disentangled themselves quite well by a word here and there, and that they didn't has more to do with making a TV series than anything else.

The twists don't grow out of the situations the four find themselves in - and their very stupid decisions - but from the necessity to keep the story going and interesting. That's rather a shame, as it loses something rather neat. It also becomes as it goes on, plotwise, something of a mess - folk get around Belize with an ease and at a speed which is only possible on TV. But such quibbles won't, I'm sure, disturb your average US viewer. The Brit version, though didn't take the easy way out and just kept it all going, following its own logic, which was some achievement. The final episodes here see everything tied up a little too neatly which is a shame and out of keeping with the original wackiness. Sad to say the US version doesn't quite convince

However, despite those drawbacks your average viewer should enjoy this, but I must stress that for a real treat and a rather tighter piece of work you should seek out the British version which doesn't quite cut corners so easily.


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