Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).

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 Michael Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Tommy Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Eileen Caffee (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Freddie Cork (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Mary Rose Caffee (27 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Rose Caffee (25 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Silent John (25 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Mary Kate Martinson / ... (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Kevin 'Moe' Reilly / ... (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Lila Caffee / ... (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Declan 'Decko' Griggs (20 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Colin (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Kath Parry / ... (19 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kailey Gilbert ...
 Noni Caffee (16 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Terry Mulligan (16 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Representative Donatello (15 episodes, 2006-2008)
Georgia Lyman ...
 Cassie Giggs (14 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Alphonse Nozzoli / ... (14 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Alex Byrne / ... (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
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Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).

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The city has two sons. Only one can rule The Hill. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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9 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Kevin Chapman who plays Freddie Cork was discovered by the late Director Ted Demme while working in the City Of Boston Film Office. See more »

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The "darkest" series on television
8 June 2007 | by (Southeastern Metropolis, United States) – See all my reviews

Brotherhood is one of my new (and third) favorite television series. My other two favorites are Sopranos and The Wire. This series is similar in its genre to "Sopranos" and "The Wire" but it is MUCH DARKER. I highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys dark (in a violent, not funny, kind of way) films. In fact its one of the darkest depictions of the human condition I've ever seen on any screen. What separates this show from other gangster series (such as the Sopranos) is that it is almost impossible to find a character to like; unless of course you like bad guys (Michael is my favorite character). Rule #1 of Brotherhood is that there are NO GOOD GUYS; that is to say this series depicts the evil side of nearly every character in the series, including the women and children, hardly ever showing anyone in a positive light. The mothers are bad, the daughters are bad, the politicians are bad, and the gangsters are bad (but not much worse than the politicians by contrast; which I believe is one of the major themes of the show.) In Sopranos some of the gangsters are at least a slight bit likable but not in Brotherhood.

For those of you who don't already know, the story is based on the true life of James J. "Whitey" Bulger, the second longest running guy who is currently of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List. You can read about on Wikipedia (WARNING: reading about Whitey might spoil some of the upcoming events in the series as many of them are similar to events in his real life.) A lot of the details are changed like the time frame (Bulger reigned during the 80s) and the location (Bulger was in Boston, Michael is in Rhode Island). And yes, Whitey Bulger did has a brother who was into politics, going from President of the State Senate in Massachusetts to the President of UMASS, where he was working until his brother was added to FBI's Top Ten.

Overall the writing, acting (especially Michael), and directing are fantastic. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in this genre, or in the Irish Mafia. I would not recommend it to children or sensitive adults simply because it's such a dark series, it is so well made it can even be depressing at times.


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