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The Black Donnellys 1 Season

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (180) IMDb 8.2/10

With cinematic scope, this powerful drama is uniquely narrated by lifelong family confidante Joey "Ice Cream", presenting tales of both intense action and charged emotion. With their Black Irish roots, the Donnellys? fierce loyalty to each other knows no bounds. And whether they know it or not, the four brothers have just taken over the neighborhood.

Starring:
Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Family first-The Donnellys are four young working-class Irish-American brothers who live by this motto despite their involvement with organized crime in New York City.

TV-14 Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 26, 2007

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2. A Stone of the Heart

As Sean's fate becomes clear to the Donnelly siblings, an antsy Jimmy stews in a holding cell.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 5, 2007
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3. God Is A Comedian Playing To An Audience Afraid To Laugh

Tommy deals with Sean losing his health coverage and the hospital shoving him into the mentally disturbed ward.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 39 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007
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4. The World Will Break Your Heart

Tommy is shocked and guilt-ridden when Kate, Huey's widow, asks him to host Huey's wake at the Donnelly's bar.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 12, 2007
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5. Lies

Lies -- Tommy realizes the Italian's new mob boss Nicky Cottero means business on collecting his debt when he threatens the boys mother, Helen (guest star Kate Mulgrew).

TV-14 Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 19, 2007

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6. Run Like Hell

Run like hell--Tommy gets pulled into Jimmy and Kevin's bookmaking action when he realizes the guy about to get busted for not paying is his friend Maxwell (guest star John Lavelle).

TV-14 Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 26, 2007

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7. The Only Thing Sure

As Jimmy tries to protect Sean, Tommy joins forces with Kevin to collect payments.

TV-14 Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 2, 2007

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8. In Each One A Savior

Tommy, who seems to be emerging as the head of the neighborhood, helps a woman drive away drug dealers from her building, but he may get conned in the process.

TV-14 Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007

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9. All of Us Are In The Gutter

Kate helps Tommy get a job at an art studio, as he attempts to separate himself from the business and move toward his dream of painting.

TV-14 Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007

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10. When The Door Opens

Dokey asks Tommy and his brothers to clear out a building of junkies, in order to test his fledgling partnership with the brothers.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007
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11. Wasn't That Enough

Reilly asks Tommy for help after he is ordered to vacate his building.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007
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12. The Black Drop

Tommy goes after Lino, the guy he believes is the threat to Reilly's diner. Tommy decides to make a deal with Nicky.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007
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13. Easy Is The Way

Tommy and Jimmy both have their own ideas on how to save the family. Tommy hatches a plan to get the family, along with Jenny and Joanie, out of town.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 9, 2007
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"The Black Donnellys" follows the story of four young Donnelly brothers -- Catholic Irish-American siblings in New York's infamous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. The story is told by an unreliable narrator and Donnelly childhood friend named Joey 'Ice Cream' while being incarcerated. The series stars Jonathan Tucker, Thomas Guiry, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush, Michael Stahl-David, Kirk Acevedo and Keith Nobbs. It was co-created by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (best known for the movie "Crash").

The series debuted on NBC on February 26, 2007 and took the place of the troubled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" on Monday nights. The series' initial half hour did well (10 million) but viewership fell off significantly in the second half hour (6 million). It never got any better.

NBC aired seven episodes but, with most of the rest of the network's schedule performing poorly, they had to drop it. They streamed the rest of the series online.

It's a real shame because "Donnellys" had some solid performances and interesting characters. If NBC had been doing better, they probably would have stuck with it and perhaps even renewed it for a second year.
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The Black Donnellys is an amazing show that never should have been cancelled. The acting, writing and plotlines are outstanding. I was captivated by this show right from the pilot, and I'm not a huge fan of the mob genre. It is a shame that it was never allowed to reach the audience it should have. Throughout the season each episode just got better and better. This is a must have for anyone's collection.
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The networks continue to pump junk down the throats of mind-numbed dumplings who I suppose want another season of Idol and more reality TV junk. Too bad for an excellent piece of work like TBD which captured a large audience, and treated them to a quality story, not one dumbed down and marketed for the soundbite and latte' crowd. Shame on NBC for not listening to their fans, and shame on any other network for not picking up a show that is sure to do nothing but grow a loyal and true audience. Kudos to the writes and the actors, but shame again on NBC.
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Let me start by saying this. If Thomas Guiry (Jimmy Donnelly) does not get an Emmy nomination for Best Actor, he'll be robbed. The role of Jimmy Donnelly was a difficult, complex role to play and ran the gamut of emotions. Thomas Guiry had the role nailed from the first episode, and just got better and better with each one.
The same goes for Peter Greene (Dokey Farrell) and Kirk Acevedo (Nicky Cottero)in the Best Supporting Actor category. For Best Supporting Actress, Kate Mulgrew (Helen Donnelly) and Betsy Beutler (Jimmy's girlfriend Joanie) both turned in nomination worthy performances. In fact, this is the only show on TV this year that I can say every single cast member was great. There was not a bad performance by anyone, right down to smallest of roles. Other performers worth mentioning are Jonathan Tucker, who portrays the young, conflicted family leader Tommy Donnelly, and Billy Lush, whose subtle portrayal of Kevin Donnelly gets stronger and stronger with each episode as his character develops.
This is a "must have" DVD for those who appreciate a complex story that draws you in and leaves you wanting to knnow the next chapter.
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This show has brought a lot of people together and I know that it's fans are truly in shock by NBC's descion. I decided to order this product because of the emails I get everyday asking me why they cancelled such an awesome show. I have really no news to say at the moment, but I know that one of my co-workers recently reunited with some of the crew to discuss season 2. I don't exactly know how that went because she hasn't emailed me back, nor have I heard anything from anyone else, but The Black Donnellys is one hell of show. Therefore, there is absolutly no reason why you shouldn't buy it.
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The Black Donnellys is in my opinion the most amazing show on television. I say is because it's still on television on HDNet. Please check it out if you have that channel. You won't be disappointed. The cast is full of amazing actors and the crew are some of the best in the business. Buy the DVD collection when it comes out. You'll want it in your collection so you can watch it over and over whenever you want. And I guarantee that you'll want to.
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Like everyone else here I agree that this was a show worth fighting for. It was such a good start to a series. It is smart and entertaining. The characters are great. The humor and drama are well balanced and there is a great chemistry between the brothers. This show got slaughtered in the ratings because no one knew about it, the advertising couldn't decide how to sell it which ended up making no sense to people that didn't watch the show, the time slot was Monday nights after prime time which is the only worse spot then Friday early evening. If anyone at NBC reads these, please know you made a huge mistake by dropping this show. This would have become a cult classic.
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I have never been compelled to review anything on amazon before. This is a GREAT show with a large loyal following. If you missed it now is the time to buy it and see how truly great it is. You won't be sorry. The writing and acting are far and away better than anything I've seen in ages, including the Sopranos. It's a shame it was cancelled but hopefully after they see all the fan support someone else will pick it up.
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