Brooklyn South: The Complete Series
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This made for a hell of a way to introduce a series cast, i.e., by establishing most of them as survivors, but Milch and Bochco made inspired use of ethical and emotional ripples from that horrifying event to inform the rest of Brooklyn South's first (and only) season's storylines. Not surprisingly, Brooklyn South's ensemble approach and busy episodes (comprised of multiple, character-driven stories) most closely resemble the form and balanced tones of Bochco's classic Hill Street Blues. As such, each installment can be as ghoulishly funny (Michael DeLuise's officer Phil Roussakoff, moonlighting at a funeral home, causes some consternation when he takes a nap in a coffin) as it is brutal (the usual murders, suicides, etc.) and emotionally stark (love as a sure path to despair).
Brooklyn South had its problems (too many characters), which were compounded by network ambivalence. This DVD set, however, will keep an abbreviated but worthy project from disappearing into oblivion. --Tom Keogh
- Steven Bochco: The Brooklyn South Interview
- Police radio response codes
Top Customer Reviews
Although Brooklyn South featured great storylines and performances, CBS seemed to suffer from the "single season curse" whenever they put out a new quality drama. Brooklyn South, EZ Streets, Turks, and Michael Hayes were ALL quality shows that never made it past one season due to poor viewership, despite good reviews. Though with Michael Hayes, I always suspected that viewers still harbored resentment [at the time] toward David Caruso for leaving NYPD Blue so early in its run.
After Brooklyn South ended several of the cast members went on to more successful projects, not surprisingly, police drama-related. Richard T. Jones (Officer Clement Johnson) went on to star in Judging Amy; Yancy Butler (Officer Ann-Marie Kersey) starred as the heroine in Witchblade; Gary Basaraba (Sgt. Richard Santoro) stars in Boomtown; Klea Scott (Officer Nona Valentine) appeared as a Pre-Crime cop in Minority Report; and Adam Rodriguez (Officer Hector Villanueva) formerly of Roswell, stars in CSI: Miami.
I can't recommend this DVD enough. The episodes themselves are MORE than enough to justify the purchase.Read more ›
Brooklyn South premiered on Channel 5 (Britains newest fifth channel, aren't we lucky having 5 channels? anyway thats a whole different subject) Channel 5 had been on air a year, and half of the population couldn't even get this show. Whcih is a shame as it deals with important issues in a realistic way, not portrayed in "i know this is a tv show" way, for a while you're sucked into believing the people are real, well they are, but not really, are you confused?
Sadly, by the time I'd got into this show and got used to the constant moving the episodes from 9pm to 11pm the show was over, and really over as it was cancelled the previous year it aired in the UK.
I've bought the DVD set to enjoy time and again and I recommend you invest in a copy, this show is one of the best dramas to come from the states in years
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite TV shows. I am glad to have the whole series on dvd.Published 24 months ago by Harmon McCraw
Very good series. You won't regret buying it! I wish they renewed it because one season wasn't nearly enough! It's a lot better than what's on TV now!Published on January 12, 2014 by Jim
I liked this show while it was on tv so I purchased it as soon as I saw that it was in the box set. The shipping was perfect and the box set came as expected.Published on January 29, 2013 by E
This TV show was great; I have no idea why they cancelled it. Fortunately, I could finally find this set of DVDs with an average image and sound. Satisfactory product for me.Published on January 13, 2013
I don't know what went wrong here, but this show lasted only one season. Too bad, because there was a decent ensemble cast and plenty of storylines, both professional and personal... Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Viva
This was a very good show, had wished it lasted many more seasons. Am still very glad that they put the one and only season on a DVD.Published on June 15, 2010 by B. Burdett