The Black Donnellys

TV review by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Revenge and loyalty drive violent NYC crime drama.

NBC Drama 2007

Parents say

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Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

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Based on 5 reviews

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Blacklist the Black Donnellys.

Don't waste your time watching this show, which focuses on a family of four brothers. One of the four has to think for all of them because the others are lamentably brainless. Every week three predictably get into big trouble, and big brother has to save them, even if that means knocking some sense into them. The violence is appalling and senseless; for four adult men supposedly standing up for each other's honor, violence seems to be the only method they know how to use. It also comes in handy when they commit crimes, which don't seem to conflict with the issues of honor. Stereotypical characters abound; the plots develop like re-runs of old hackneyed scripts. Television has much better to offer than this program.

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