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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
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Why can't American television be this good? Seriously. This is my new favorite program. I will admit the subject matter in these episode certainly deal with very adult themes. I would not let my kids watch this show. That said, the writing is SOOOO good! And I am afraid the writing has spoiled me. Having seen the first 2 episodes, I just knew there would be a payoff at the end, and this one didn't disappoint. The screw just keeps twisting tighter and tighter. When the final twist came, I quickly paused to find out that it all happens in the last 7 minutes. The payoff is what makes the setup worth it. That is always the case, whether in a book or a TV show or a movie...the writer/director/producer/actors all ask you to make the investment, with the promise of making it all worthwhile.

I hope people reading this review take the time to watch the show. It's really really good! It was interesting to me that after this episode, I took a very deep breath, and smiled. I felt like I'd worked out, or gone for a long run, and wanted to savor the feeling. These episodes take an amazing amount of concentration...no playing Words With Friends while watching, or cooking or knitting or whatever...they require you complete and full attention, and I love it.

I am very sad there were only 2 seasons made, because I am already half way through!

Simply amazing. And although the acting is top notch, the real star here is the writer(s). Well done.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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Completely sold! From the superb acting to the beautiful landscape. Imperfect protagonist who still demands integrity of himself and expects it of others; not many current series center on honorable persons. Hope to see more. jj Las Vegas
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I took the advice other comments offered, and did not try to watch more than one of these episodes in a day...and with good reason. These stories are extremely well crafted, and it takes a lot of concentration and energy to get through them...but holy smokes, what a payoff! This episode followed the same formula as the first one, with spectacular success. The stories start slowly...they build and build, and you wonder if maybe it's TOO slow...then, it starts picking up, and before the end, I was literally gasping for breath. It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle...it's slow going at first, and you have to put in the time, but as the pieces start falling in to place, you start seeing connections you didn't see before and then all of a sudden, things start to happen, QUICKLY.

I love this series so far. And here's the thing that I am left with above everything else...this is just good story telling. There are no special effects, no CGI bullcrap, just a very good story, with very good characters, expertly told.

Continued excellence. I am so happy to have found this program !!! I wish more American Television was this smart and intriguing.

Awesome.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Single-Handed is an Irish television series. .It is filmed in the west of Ireland, and focuses on the life of a member of the Garda Síochána (police), Sergeant Jack Driscoll. It is said that the series is partially inspired by garda corruption in County Donegal.

Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll has been transferred from Dublin and to the remote area of County Galway where he'd grown up, and his father had been sergeant before him. When he is investigating the suspicious death of an eastern European woman, the locals, including his father, seem to think everything would be best if the case were quickly written off as suicide. The deeper he investigates the case the more he discovers about the locals, including his father. This doesn't just include the recent case but events many years past where an unwanted baby was apparently murdered. Owen McDonnell is the lead star, Garda Sergeant Driscoll

The two other cases also include fairly dark subjects where we aren't sure who we can trust and few people are what they originally seem. The actors all do a good job in the three interesting stories. I would love to see more series from Ireland.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 10-20-12

Garrow's Law: Series One

Single-Handed, Set 2
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
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Captures the true misery of rural Ireland, bravo.

The first episode depicts the dire consequences of people not being allowed to control their own biology.

I know, I was that Garda, or at least similar, all the incest cases, people who's aunt was their mother and their mother was their grandmother and so forth, usually took me 30 mins to figure out who was whom.

Loved the US automobile license plates at the bar. Nice and authentic touch.

In the end I married a physician from Dublin, got engaged in Killybegs, and we high tailed it for the States and the big city, Chicago initially, now the Big Peach, what a relief. Never looked back.

But hopefully another nail in the coffin of all the Quiet Man rubbish.

And for the people who found the language offensive, they must have problems dealing with reality, and that's what Ireland's really like. Also recommend "The Guard".

The next time someone says "Oh we'd love to go to Ireland with you", I think I'll have a stock of these on DVD to hand out. Why on earth do they think so many people leave? Just as people leave rural Mexico.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We watched the first story about an attractive immigrant girl,used and murdered by some of the men in this village -- where Colm returned to be the local guarda. The characters are completely humorless and mostly without sympathy, and our hero is smug throughout, A dreary tale with absolutely no uptick on it's resolution.

Try the "Vera" series -- much better crafted stories, and the characters, especially Vera, are humans full of flaws but struggling to overcome them. There is also genuine affection between the characters, with not a whiff of self-righteousness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
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If you have ever driven through The Connemara in western Ireland, you may have wondered, as I did, what kind of people live in such remote places and what in the world could possible interrupt the peacefulness of the area. Well, watch this series and you will find out that there are problems and mysteries and all the secrets, snags and snarls of any village or town or city.
I like the characters, the acting, the scenery and the web of the plot. I wish there were ten seasons of this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
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Because I like PBS and BBC programs, I tried this one and am hooked! The setting is beautiful Ireland-desolate and brooding -and the relationships and personal interactions are so complicated, messy, psychological, but so real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2014
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Insanely dark. Sneaks up on you. The kind of show that kills your faith in humanity, more so because its probably true to life. Terrible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
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I have been devouring British police procedural and detective dramas for years. I enjoyed this Irish series for the same reasons. Characters are so real, part good casting, partly because of the absence of plastic surgery & excessive make-up I find so distracting in U.S. productions...I actually found myself attracted to the wrinkles and imperfections in these actors' faces. Well written plots, a bit of romance, and the austere but beautiful Irish countryside all make for an intriguing series worth watching.
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