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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent British crime drama could use a little more flavor.

TV AMC , BBC Drama 2018
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age 10+


McMafia is the best series on TV

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Extremely methodical in its world-building, this series starts with a whole lot of exposition and not a lot of conflict. It begins with Godman's family before expanding to the competing crime syndicates he slowly becomes involved with -- this slow pace weighs down even the moments that are supposed to be shocking or thrilling. The incredible David Strathairn is shockingly underutilized in the villain role, while the most charismatic performer in the cast (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy's David Dencik) doesn't even make it all the way through the first episode.

It's undeniable that McMafia is a well-made and ambitious show -- it's filmed beautifully, travels across continents, and digs into some details of organized crime that most depictions ignore -- but is almost entirely absent of compelling characters and actual dramatic conflict. So while the show is nice to look at, it can't seem to nail the most basic things that crime shows need to thrive. For a show that takes it's name from a fast-food franchise, McMafia could use a lot more salt.

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