Boss 2 Seasons 2011

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After the discovery of a serious medical condition, Mayor Tom Kane must set things in motion for the upcoming gubernatorial primary while attempting to reconnect with his distant wife and estranged daughter.

Starring:
Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen
Runtime:
58 minutes

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Gus Van Sant
Starring Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen
Supporting actors Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson, Troy Garity, Rotimi
Season year 2011
Network Lionsgate
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This is a brilliant show. The opening credits are accompanied by the song ‘Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down’ by Robert Plant and this sums perfectly up what this series is all about. It is a ‘slow’ show where the real action happens behind closed doors in offices and election trailers or in the open in exclusive restaurants and at cocktail parties. I guess that one has to be somewhat interested in politics and its behind the scenes workings to enjoy ‘Boss’ although it is even more about human nature including vanity, weakness and greed. Seeing that the series has a much less optimistic undertone than shows like ‘The Newsroom’ and ‘The West Wing’, your belief in humanity will get a few blows. However, the bruises, the disappointments, it is all worth it. The idea of the older politician who is very ill and who is nearing the point where he is unable to govern, but who continues to cling on to power is very human and consequently a returning narrative in political history – Roosevelt, Mitterand and Chavez being only a few examples. Kelsey Grammer is fantastic as mayor and although the rest of the cast is really good too, you can almost feel him physically tower above everyone else – like his character is supposed to do. He is like a heavy shadow hanging over the city hall and the city itself. ‘Cheers’ was fun to watch but ‘Boss’ is a tale of Kings.
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A tour de force from Kelsey Grammer.

The nitty-gritty version of city politics where any semblance of West Wing lofty ideals is blown away in a maelstrom of ever shifting alliances.

It's addictive, mesmerising and entertaining.

What possessed them to cancel this, I do not know. American TV executives have yet to learn the lesson that while Americans might not appreciate their great dramas, Europeans certainly do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Action Figure Theatre on 5 Jun 2014
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My partner recently discovered series 2 of this much underrated show cranked out at midnight on one of the UK Freeview channels. A complete tragedy that it's not getting a wider audience, though some of the language is a bit strong for primetime.

I'm pleased to say that season 1 did not disappoint. A marvellously dramatic turn from Kelsey Grammer. Brilliant writing, superb acting. I'd class it as a localised and darker version of The West Wing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward Eveniss on 17 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed it. too neat at the end. The great thing was that it made you forget " Frasier". To restrict it to 8 épisodes was a good idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth J. Glasper on 4 April 2014
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This is a great series with lots of twist and turns. Kelsey Grammer plays a really good part and makes it so realistic that you have to remind yourself that it is all fiction.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 May 2013
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Boss is an incredibly powerful, compelling and adult drama series. Hats off to Kelsey Grammer for being brave enough to portray the loathsome Kane. It is a tribute to his phenomenal acting ability that he is so completely able to cast off the shackles of his sympathetic Frasier role. Grammer is joined by a stellar cast who also show considerable courage in playing such thoroughly hateful people. We always knew that politics in Chicago was a dirty business but did any of us realise it was quite this disgusting? A brilliant series and, for me, much more convincing than the similarly-themed House of Cards - Season 1 (DVD + UV Copy) [2013]. Powerful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Jun 2014
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It is a gripping story, well filmed and acted. Kelsey Grammer was brilliant playing a character so far from Frazier that Dr Crane
was forgotten completely, and he was the Boss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss A. Brenner on 26 Feb 2014
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Kelsey Grammar as 'The Boss' of Chicago is fantastic. This is his best role yet and he plays it superbly.

The camera work is beautiful and visually the show is spectacular. Although the plot-line is filled with twists and turns, the story is pretty easy to follow and you find yourself being swept up in corruption, mystery and Grammar's character's struggles with his health, family and the choices he has to make between his survival in politics and the good of the city.

It is quite possibly the best series since the Sopranos in my opinion. I have lent the set to numerous friends who have all completely fallen in love with it. I watched the entire series over a weekend, i couldn't tear myself away and i had watched it all on TV before the DVD came out!

Can't wait for series 2!
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