Boss: Season 1 (2011)

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A mature drama, Boss constructs political devolution with ease and packs a powerful punch with steamy tales of corruption and sex.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 83

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Air date: Oct 21, 2011

A fictitious study of the personal and professional life of ruthless Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer). In the premiere episode, he is diagnosed with a neurological disease but must remain focused on his role in an upcoming gubernatorial primary while dealing with relationship woes involving his distant wife and their estranged daughter.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2011

With a new, powerful entry in the race, Kane and his people flex their political muscles to maintain their hold. Meanwhile, a worried Meredith suspects her husband is keeping something from her.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2011

With Zajac's campaign gathering steam, Kane needs to adjust to his health situation; Miller digs deep to come up with some embarrassing dirt on Gov. Cullen.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2011

As Kane finds himself starting to lose control, in both his personal and professional lives, his supporters begin to question their confidence in him. Meredith visits Emma seeking answers about what's happening to Kane. Zajac ventures into uncharted territory during his campaign, while Miller digs deeper for the elusive information he needs.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2011

Kane and his camp take on the media when long-buried information is dug up, and with the primary rapidly approaching, the politicos do everything they can to maintain the upper hand.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2011

As his political image hits an all-time low, Kane takes a brief, unannounced break from City Hall to ask an old acquaintance for a favour. Meredith is increasingly suspicious of Kane's behaviour and seeks new opportunities of her own. Darius and Emma stumble into a dangerous situation, while Kitty reaches an emotional crossroads.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2011

Days before the election, Kane slowly regains control over City Hall. Though a swift political move will help reveal his adversaries, will doing the unthinkable improve his public image in time?

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Air date: Dec 9, 2011

In the last episode of season one, Kane and Stone try to work their political magic on election day, but the race proves to be a close one. Miller gives a tough team talk to his editorial staff, Kitty faces up to a difficult decision, and an incarcerated Emma finds her world starting to crumble. Meanwhile, Meredith is forced to go to great lengths to prove her loyalty and commitment to Kane.

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A fictitious study of the personal and professional life of ruthless and powerful Chicago mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) kicks off with him being diagnosed with a neurological disease. Despite this earth-shattering news, he must remain focused on his role in an upcoming gubernatorial primary while dealing with relationship woes involving his distant wife, Meredith (Connie Nielsen), and their estranged daughter Emma (Hannah Ware). Both at home and at work, Kane's life appears to be spiraling out of control, and supporters begin to lose confidence in him, but he musters courage and support and is able to get back on track. In the Season 1 finale, the race proves to be a tight one on Election Day as Kane and his trusted senior adviser, Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan), try to work their political magic. Meanwhile, Emma's world is rocked, and Meredith takes great measures to prove her loyalty to her husband.

Critic Reviews for Boss Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (26)

Plays out at on an operatic level that would satisfy all but the most bloodthirsty fans of The Sopranos.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Excessively lurid. Kane's family life begins with cliche. His marriage has deteriorated to the point where his wife (Connie Nielsen) is just political window dressing... Like Kane, Boss is dangerously close to losing control.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Boss rarely takes its foot off the accelerator and the filming style, with frequent lingering closeups of eyes or lips, magnifies the intensity.

Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp.

Oct 21, 2011 | Full Review…

The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.

Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Boss can be a little over-cooked or even half-baked at times in its depiction of time-honored Windy City corruption. But it's got a great big bite to it, with never a dull moment or badly shot scene.

Oct 21, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The pilot of Starz's new series Boss is impressive: very strong cast, a plethora of powerful moments throughout, and wonderfully directed by Gus Van Sant.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Perhaps the best show on television right now... Mortality, corruption and politics have come packaged together for ages, however the way Boss uses conventional ideas of gender as a vessel for these negative traits is compelling.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Boss isn't pretty, but it's certainly powerful, the kind of drama that's so grim, even the weather seems to play along.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In a gross miscalculation of how much cynicism can be tolerated, and ultimately believed, Boss oversteps its boundaries and sometimes finds itself wallowing in its own preposterousness.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

An exceptionally well-crafted show. But it's grim. And it's dour. And it's about as depressing to watch as a show can get. If only the characters smiled now and then.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The over-the-top flourishes push the drama into black comedy. "Boss" needs help.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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