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Boss: Season 1 (2011)




Critic Consensus: 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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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.


Connie Nielsen
as Meredith Kane
Jeff Hephner
as Ben Zajac
Hannah Ware
as Emma Kane
Kathleen Robertson
as Kitty O'Neil
Martin Donovan
as Ezra Stone
Francis Guinan
as Gov. McCall Cullen
Rotimi Akinosho
as Darius Morrison
Troy Garity
as Sam Miller
Sanaa Lathan
as Mona Fredricks
Nicole Forester
as Maggie Zajac
as Trey Rogers
Karen Aldridge
as Ella Harris
Daniel J. Travanti
as Gerald McGantry
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Critic Reviews for Boss: Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (21)

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

October 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.

October 21, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 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.

October 21, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Gus Vant Sant-directed pilot of what is easily the most important project in Starz history pulses with the sort of corruption that absolute power sires.

October 21, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series quickly progresses to a point where we learn enough about Kane to realize that he's a far cry from the nicest guy in the world.

March 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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