Family Bonds - The Complete First Season
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Family Bonds gives viewers a window into the dangerous and unexplored world of bounty hunting- through the eyes of the most outrageous, fun-loving and wild (yet somehow functional) real-life family on TV. Each half-hour episode follows members of the NYC/Long Island-based Evangelista clan - boss Tom, wife Flo, daughter Dana, nephew Chris, sons Sal and Frankie, Flo's sisters Dawn and Kim, and Dawn's husband Jimmy - as they balance the unusual, on-call demands of their business, All City Bail Bonds, with a more-or-less usual suburban family lifestyle, complete with motorcycles, tattoos, beauty-parlor visits, birthday parties, family quarrels, sex and romance. Family Bonds depicts the day-to-day drama, humor and craziness of life as an Evangelista, following the family as they confront the dangers of bounty hunting and the challenges of everyday life.]]>
- Family unfiltered: Join the Evangelistas for a family BBQ
- Family business: Meet the employees of All City Bail Bonds
- Family photo gallery
Top Customer Reviews
The episodes center around the Evangelista family, with the apprehending of bail jumpers taking up a minimal amount of actual screen-time. Instead you see the interaction of the Evangelista family: blowhard (softie) patriarch Tom, his stylized but voluptuous, down-to-earth wife Flo and their children. Nephew Chris, a Jersey bear of a guy, lives on their couch in light of his divorce while Flo's two sisters work in the bail bond offices. Of the two sisters, Dawn is the one who stands out with her frosted hair and Jersey tawk, along with a husband who is not doing such a hot job running their branch of the business.
Episodes generally cross-cut between the pursuit of bail cases in the company van, Tom and family at the office and various family circumstances outside of work. While this doesn't sound riveting (and it isn't) its watchability is raised by the non-intrusive, documentary style of HBOs reality programming/specials where the cameras capture nuance and real-life communication that is refreshing and easy to relate to. Watch this after your primetime line-up and admire the family's unvarnished honesty and real-life comedy. The Evangelista kids aren't sitcom brats and are admirably mature, compared to socialites with their own shows who can't even spell. This isn't classic TV but it is an interesting 300 minutes with a family you don't see often on television and is definitely worth a rent--- unless you're a true fan and want the set for keeps. I wish this family well, big-mouths and all.
In the case of the Evangelistas, my friends and I adore these people. First and formost, they are a family who love each other. I wish I was their neighbor!
HBO once again has veered off the paved path of typical TV with Family Bonds. I'm a HUGE fan of HBO original programming, and this show ranks right up there with all of the greats - Sopranos, S&TC, Oz, America Undercover, etc. I watched Family Bonds when it originally aired, and after the season ended I was ***dying*** for more. I hope HBO will somehow revisit the Evangelista's in the near future.
(I found the 1st episode to be the less entertaining, but most likely due to the introduction of the family and business. The episodes that follow are priceless!)
The family is warm, funny, and entertaining. The production values are excellent - camerawork, music, editing, the whole nine yards. It doesn't seem super staged like a lot of shows of this type are - it's more of a documentary than a reality show.
All in all a great watch. I'm sad this show didn't last for more seasons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The wife loves this series so I got it for her it's on too early for her so she has all these dog the bounty hunter to watch.Published 21 months ago by Ronj
Too bad there was never a second season.. This show is good. Almost like Dog the Bounty Hunter, except more centered on the family.Published on September 3, 2013 by REBEKAH BROADBENT
I watched this show on HBO a few years ago when it first aired. It's not exactly Dog the Bounty Hunter, but it's entertaining nonetheless. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by T
I haven't watched it to completion, but so far, very entertaining. They are such a sweet family. I loved watching Frankie learn to ride his bike! Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by D. Shoppen
This was a short-lived reality show about a family of bail bondsmen who live in Long Island...seemingly all in the same house... Read morePublished on December 13, 2005 by Tim Janson