Parents' Guide to

Gang Related

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Complicated cop drama has guns, gore, and a great cast.

TV Fox Drama 2014
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Better than Son's of Anarchy

For adults only! I love it great show. I love it that it's based in California..

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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At first blush, Gang Related appears to be just another cop drama in a television schedule stuffed with them, and even giving the action the (slight) twist of having a main character with a double life doesn't make it original. But Gang Related transcends its humdrum genre with some very sharp choices that elevate it above the pack. First and foremost, the excellent cast. RZA is positively adorable as Lopez' partner, while Terry O'Quinn brings with him the odd jolliness that made him such a cool character on Lost. Cliff Curtis is genuinely menacing as a mob boss who's by turns brutal and fatherly.

Gang Related also boasts a racially diverse cast in the very best way imaginable. People of color, many different colors, in fact, are at the center of the action. Race doesn't go unmentioned, but neither does it dominate every interaction. A key moment occurs early in the pilot, when Lopez snarkily criticizes Green's vocal abilities as he croons along with Marvin Gaye: "I thought all black people could sing." RZA-as-Green just rolls his eyes, accepting it as the good-natured (and realistic) ribbing that it is, and responds with a list of the rules of his car, which include no passing gas and no harsh words on his singing. The Gang Related creator scripted The Fast and the Furious movies from Tokyo Drift onwards; that series is known for its excellent and easygoing diversity, so perhaps this continuation of the pattern shouldn't come as a surprise.

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