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Gang Related: Season 1 Reviews

June 19, 2014
Clunky dialogue, clichéd 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.
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
May 21, 2014
A small excess of treacle can't do much to undermine a drama that offers, among its attributes, as rich a focus as this one does on images and other down-to-earth details of maiming, bloodletting and their consequent effects.
May 21, 2014
Taking an unfortunate page from Fox's The Following, Gang Related almost revels in a level of carnage where life is decidedly cheap, and the bad guys, drawn into a turf war, think nothing of shooting up whole neighborhoods.
May 20, 2014
While not yet a knockout, Gang Related shows signs of becoming a series that stays in there punching while also scoring some points.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
May 20, 2014
Pulp hooey with a comic book vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 19, 2014
Instead of Ryan [Lopez] being a complex antihero with shades of gray, he's more like a boring beige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2014
Though the actors and directors try hard, the upshot is just another young-cop show.