The difference between right and wrong isn't easily distinguishable on EZ Streets
, a compelling and sophisticated crime drama that lasted just one season on CBS. As a former cop tells his son, "You can only be betrayed by the people you trust." Ken Olin stars as Detective Cameron Quinn. After his partner is gunned down with $10,000 missing, both of them are pegged as dirty cops. To clear his partner's name, Quinn infiltrates a crime gang led by the charismatic Jimmy Murtha (Joe Pantoliano), whose inner circle includes a masochistic lawyer/girlfriend (Debrah Farentino) and a conflicted recent parolee (Jason Gedrick) who had served time for Murtha's crime. Created, written, and produced by Paul Haggis (Crash
, Million Dollar Baby
), EZ Streets
evokes a similar melancholy feel as The Sopranos
, which it predates by three years. Thanks to the Brilliant But Cancelled
series, fans get to see why this show was so critically acclaimed in its 1996 debut. If there's a fault to this DVD, which includes the pilot and two other episodes, it's that the viewer ends up frustrated with just a three-episode taste rather than the full-season meal. --Jae-Ha Kim
See the shows that were cancelled before their time as the Brilliant But Cancelled collection presents EZ Streets. Critics deemed this gritty urban crime drama as "simply too good for TV," and The New York Times hailed it "one of the season's exciting new series." Journey to the criminal underworld with three fiercely independent men: Jimmy Murtha (Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos), a charming but ruthless mob boss who rules the E Street gang by whatever means necessary; Detective Cameron Quinn (Ken Olin, thirtysomething), an undercover cop determined to find the truth no matter where it takes him; and ex-con Danny Rooney (Jason Gedrick, Boomtown), a recent parolee who finds himself unwillingly drawn back into a life of crime. As the story unfolds from each of their perspectives, this innovative series from director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) proves that on the shadowy streets of compromise there's only one way to survive: trust no one.