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It’s from David Milch, the creator of one of HBO’s finest ever shows, Deadwood. This time, though, it’s in the present day, and focused on the Yost family. Described as surfing-royalty-turned-society-misfits, the Yosts are a complicated family whose life changes when a stranger by the name of John walks into town. And that’s when things gets really very interesting, with often quite oddball events following in his wake. Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Bruce Greenwood and Austin Nichols, even in its weaker moments, it’s a fascinating and very ambitious show.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that John From Cincinnati struggled to snare a mainstream audience though, given the sheer audacity of some of its thinking (and we’ve no intention of spoiling it here). There’s such a collision of ideas and subtexts here that it can be sometimes quite a job to keep on top of it all. But put the effort in, and the rewards, just as with Deadwood, are rich. It’s challenging, intelligent television, and even though we only got ten episodes of it, it’s hard not to be grateful for them. --Jon Foster
I discovered this series after reading about it in The Guardian newspaper column:"Your Next Box Set". Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Mabberley
Being an HBO fan I have to say this is one of the most offbeat series I have ever watched. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though most of the time I was not sure what was going on. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Muppet
Dark, gritty, powerful stuff; it pulls no punches.
The actors perform well with this demanding writing. But... Read more
Not for me for my husband who says this is great so was pleased to receive this as a giftPublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by sarah31
John from Cincinnati is remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly it is a program that plunges headfirst into a world of inexplicable events and bizarre narratives, throwing out... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2012 by Greggiboy
Complex, challenging, surreal, awkward, powerful, confusing...no wonder this show never made a second season. But do you know what? Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2010 by M. W. Hatfield
Thought this was worth a gamble being HBO, as most of their other programs are great, but I was wrong. It's very random with abstract storytelling that goes absolutely nowhere. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2010 by P
an interesting idea but in the absense of any likable characters it wasn't a good purchasePublished on 7 Nov. 2009 by Amazon Customer