Gang Related: Season 1 Reviews

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June 19, 2014
Clunky dialogue, clichd relationships, and an escapist action-flick aesthetic combine to subvert the ambition for gritty realism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 23, 2014
Once you get used to the cliches, the loudly telegraphed plot developments and the unrelentingly phony look of the set, the show becomes watchable in subsequent episodes, thanks to a few of the key performances and some well-directed action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 22, 2014
Gang Related... rolls with so many stereotypes and tropes it clanks. Or would do if it weren't so buried in gunfire/mood music.
May 22, 2014
Every minute that you keep watching, part of your soul festers and peels away. Somewhere inside you, a pained voice screams out in anguish at whoever could have greenlighted such a blatant display of yuck.
May 22, 2014
Gang Related ultimately confuses being grim with being sophisticated, and it too rarely stops to think about what it's trying to say beyond, "Man, being a dirty cop sure would be tough!"
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 22, 2014
There are many ferocious gun battles and nerve-racking car chases, but also the occasional odd moment of restraint.
July 2, 2018
Gang Related often feels unfocused, frequently ignoring seemingly significant characters
August 29, 2014
It's a bold move for Gang Related to make such a divisive character its main focus, but it's one that ultimately pays off in the long run.
May 29, 2014
I'm intrigued by Ryan and all the players on both sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.7/5
May 23, 2014
Gang Related delivered a pilot episode that both entertained and intrigued. The characters are diverse, and the story leaves you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 23, 2014
Any scenes with the gang members' families are just plain cringe-worthy. But coming from The Fast and the Furious and The Shield camp, there's a very slight hope that Gang Related might improve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 22, 2014
It's better than most summer cop shows.
May 22, 2014
The intensity of the violence renders us all a little less human, and that, to me, is the biggest problem of this show.
May 22, 2014
If you're just looking for an adrenaline infused procedural with a hefty dose of The Departed, this might do the trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
May 22, 2014
It's all pretty tidy in a far-fetched manner but the action scenes are engaging if somewhat preposterous.
May 22, 2014
Not quite interesting enough to keep me watching.
May 22, 2014
Fox's Gang Related combines the pounding street violence of the The Shield with the emotional wringers of the worst telenovelas - stilted dialogue, complicated family relationships and actors who would be better off working as CPR dummies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 22, 2014
Gang Related... offers up what feels like the dregs from the same pan in which many, many cop show predecessors, both better and worse, have been cooked up, including more intense series like The Shield or The Wire.
May 21, 2014
Whether Fox originally intended to air the series in the summertime or not, Gang Related works fine as the explosive diversion it sets out to be.
May 21, 2014
The real trouble with Gang Related is that it's so intent on being "dark" and "edgy" it forgets to be dramatic -- or in any way novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 21, 2014
It's clear that Gang Related already has dipped deep into a well that only holds so much water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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