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DEA agent Tony Bravo is recruited by the CIA to participate in tryouts for the LA Riot in order to spy on the team's corrupt owner.
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Series cast summary:
Gabriel Luna ...  Tony Bravo 13 episodes, 2014
Nicky Whelan ...  Annie Mason 13 episodes, 2014
Neil Hopkins ...  Noah Peacott 13 episodes, 2014
Tanc Sade ...  Alec Holester 13 episodes, 2014
Alfred Molina ...  Andrés Galan 13 episodes, 2014
Louis Ozawa Changchien ...  Samuel 12 episodes, 2014
Peter Gadiot ...  Caesar 10 episodes, 2014
Jonny Cruz ...  Ricky Sandoval 10 episodes, 2014
Frantz Latten Frantz Latten ...  Duquesne Storm 9 episodes, 2014
Jude Ciccolella ...  Coach Ernest MacDonald 8 episodes, 2014
Christopher Cousins ...  Llewyn Smith 8 episodes, 2014
Sammi Rotibi ...  Didi Akinyele 8 episodes, 2014
Yvette Monreal ...  Senna Galan 9 episodes, 2014
Julio Oscar Mechoso ...  Javi Sandoval 7 episodes, 2014
Elizabeth Peña ...  Maritza Sandoval 7 episodes, 2014
Isabella Gomez ...  Cristina Sandoval 7 episodes, 2014
James Callis ...  Lucien Sayer 6 episodes, 2014
Eve Torres ...  Reyna Flores 6 episodes, 2014
Margot Bingham ...  Billie 6 episodes, 2014
Ian Willoughby ...  LA Riot Soccer Player 6 episodes, 2014
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"Matador" is centered on Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star and playboy whose sports stardom is a cover for his other life as a covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. He uses his notoriety as a way of getting access to powerful and villainous types, but is forced to confront questions of his true identity in balancing his dual roles. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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July 2014 (USA) See more »

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The character Llewyn Smith is named for writer Glen Whitman's grandfather, Levi Wayne Smith. See more »

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Tired of Shills Voting and Reviewing Content on IMDb
17 July 2014 | by Phantom_DuckSee all my reviews

A correction to my closing comments, I see the rating has stabilized now at a realistic 7 with more voters. However, I still stand by my closing comments regarding IMDb voting!

Just watched the Pilot episode. Very Burn Notice meets Covert Affairs meets Miami Vice, with a Latino DEA Homeboy as the protagonist. In true Hollywood watered down ethnic ambiguity. Our hero is far more Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach than Boyle Heights or City Terrace.

Despite his cover is an auto mechanic in East Los Angeles. Hollywood has Anglicized our hero to make him more palpable to the masses. Despite that El Rey Network targets Hispanic viewers.

Let's call this show "East LA Vice." Very fun and hip, a little too hip. Fast paced and very light fare. This is not a gritty cop drama, it is just entertainment.

This is not a thinking man or woman's show. Predictable and no spoilers here, What You See Is What You Get. Not many surprises will be popping up.

Decent writing, acting and production values, but there ain't gonna be any Emmy Awards. Not for this "Matador." I liked it, it was fun, a little silly and humorous, and the show doesn't take itself seriously at all. They look like they're having fun making the show and it projects through the screen I'll keep watching. I gave it a 6 for quality and an 8 for just making me laugh at some of the silly remarks for an average of 7, which are good marks from a harsh critic.

Now here is what pisses me off on IMDb. As I write this review and the sole reason I did was at this time Matador has a score of 9.4 which is ridiculous. That is Shawshank and Godfather (Highest films on IMDb at 9.2) territory. This is no Game of Thrones (9.5), House M.D. (8.9)or even as good as Burn Notice which has the insanely hot Gabrielle Anwar and totally insane and lovable Bruce Campbell (8.0)

The Wire earned a 9.4, deservedly. Matador is a 7 at best. Good viewing, it does not need to be any better than it is. It is just fun escapist entertainment!

This is nothing more than shill voting by cast and crew to pump up the numbers. Which is BS and just wrong. No sane person would rate this show above an 8 and I think the average viewer would rate it a 5 or maybe 6. I gave it a 7 simply because I love this kind of silly cop stuff.

Movies like Beverly Hills Cop, Freebie and the Bean, Bad Boys, Turner and Hooch, Real Men, etc. are right up my alley.

This is a fun show and worth a look, but never believe the reviews or numbers here, people cheat the system.


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