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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, racism, antiheroes in dark Depression-era drama.

TV USA Drama 2017
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Best show ever

Drama, drama. This is a touching story of two brothers, even though through their abuse past, They still share a great love for one another Best show ever Bring season two please please

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age 18+


I think this movie needs a second season! I was not satisfied with the ending and I believe the next season would have been better. The first season was dragging a little from episode to episode but that is how they keep you watching. Please bring it back I'm highly upset it was cancelled!

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

You've seen the "two antiheroes dueling" concept at work on TV before, maybe too often, but this show's 1930s setting and periscope into Depression-era politics gives it some juice. There are wagon wheels and cloche hats, and a newspaper office filled with clacking typewriters, and brothel workers slinking around in white chemises, rifles and whisky and moonshiners. There are heroes setting their jaws in preparation for dark deeds, and women who barely speak except to draw out said heroes.

There is also, to Damnation's credit, the stereotype-busting character of Connie Nunn (Melinda Page Hamilton), a Pinkerton detective who's on the trail of our faux preacher turned labor instigator Seth. With her well-modulated voice and icy eyes, her hidden motivations and confident demands of those around her, she's a lot more interesting than the grim guys she's surrounded by -- particularly after she saunters down a forest path with a picnic basket, methodically assembles a gun, and then uses it to pick off demonstrators during a clash. What's her angle? How is she related to Creeley and Seth? Her nettling presence lends spark and fun to this show's weathered-wood-and-gray-skies aesthetic, which can sometimes veer into grimness.

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