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By sharing in detail the criminal activities of Boston's long-standing bookie industry from the gangsters' point of view, the series celebrates anti-social and illegal behavior and presents it as a part of Boston's culture.
Positive Role Models
Gangsters are proud of what they do and how they do it; some view what they do as a way of protecting and serving their community. Most of the cast served time in jail, some for violent crimes.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and other weapons visible. People owing money are accosted and chased and beaten by thugs; things like TVs and toasters are thrown out windows. Rap sheets reveal crimes ranging from weapons dealing to attempted murder. Gang members like showing off their scars from stabbings and fights; occasionally a bloody wound is visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to having sex and prostitution.
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Vocab like "Goddamn," "ass," and "pissed" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Cadillacs are frequently visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes and drink beer, wine, hard liquor, and other alcoholic beverages during meetings and at bars and clubs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Saint Hoods features Boston neighborhood bookies and gangsters conducting their business and engaging in various illegal activities. Real-life gangsters threaten, chase, and even beat up rivals and enemies. Guns are occasionally visible. Rough language, cigarette smoking, and drinking is also frequently part of the background. There are also some references to sex and prostitution. The show is meant to be more entertaining than informative, and it's definitely not intended for kids.
Is It Any Good?
This troubling series offers an inside look into the world of Boston's pervasive bookmaking operations, including the process by which people register bets, how money exchanges hands, and how each crew goes about collecting payments by any means necessary. It also shows how they use thug-like behavior to extort from, and maintain control over, the residents of their respective neighborhoods. The tradition of relying on these crews to assist and/or protect long-established neighborhood families from people they deem undesirable is also highlighted.
While some of it appears contrived (especially during meetings between different crews), what makes the series disturbing is how confidently these gangsters conduct their illegal activities on camera while proudly showing how easily they get away with it. Meanwhile, the folks featured here have been arrested for and/or convicted of extremely serious offenses, ranging from illegal weapons dealing to attempted murder. Some folks may find these antics interesting to watch, but overall, this show seems to celebrate some of the worst that Boston has to offer.
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