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Tulsa King

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Formulaic fish-out-of-water mob dramedy is elevated by star.

TV Paramount+ Drama 2022
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If you've been craving a crime dramedy starring Sly Stallone, Taylor Sheridan's latest scripted series may be your new favorite binge. Tulsa King is a fantastic showcase for the Rocky and Rambo star, allowing him to break jaws and tickle ribs in equal measure as mafioso Dwight Manfredi. The actor's clearly having a blast playing the part and, if you're a longtime fan, you'll have just as much fun watching him devour a role that seems tailor made for him.

But while Stallone more than delivers as an aging ex-con mobster playing catch-up after a quarter century behind bars, the series' writing sometimes struggles to keep up. Much of the comedy comes courtesy of fish-out-of-water jokes that often feel dated and/or formulaic. Jabs at the character's age can be equally stale. Still, the central storyline -- which sees Manfredi leveraging his criminal smarts and beefy fists to set up shop in Tulsa -- is consistently entertaining. Toss in a solid supporting cast, including Dana Delany and Max Casella, and this one's a worthy watch for Stallone fans who've been waiting for the star to chew up the small-screen scenery.

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