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John from Cincinnati 1 Season 2007

Season 1
4.1 out of 5 stars (12) IMDb 7.2/10

All 13 episodes from the second season of the American crime drama starring Timothy Olyphant as US Marshal Raylan Givens. In this season, Harlan County finds itself caught in the middle of a deadly power struggle when two rival criminal factions go head-to-head in a battle for supremacy.

Starring:
Rebecca De Mornay, Greyson Fletcher

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1. His Visit: Day One

Series premiere. The lives of three generations of surfers are upended by the appearance of a mysterious stranger.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 10 June 2007 57 minutes
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2. His Visit: Day Two

Linc looks to infiltrate the Yost inner circle; Shaun competes in a surf competition, with unexpected results. In the meantime, Butchie tries to get a line on John, with little success.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 11 June 2007 48 minutes
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3. His Visit: Day Two Continued

Paranormal activity continues to follow the Yosts; Mitch and Cissy take a time-out; John wows Kai.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 24 June 2007 48 minutes
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4. His Visit: Day Three

John gets roughed up by some thugs; Kai connects with Butchie; Vietnam Joe brings Dr. Smith a new patient; Shaun's adult-film-star mother Tina arrives in Imperial Beach.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 July 2007 51 minutes
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5. His Visit: Day Four

Bill gets a strange mandate from Zippy; Tina lets the Yosts know she's back in town.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 8 July 2007 48 minutes
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6. His Visit: Day Five

Butchie orchestrates a reunion between Shaun and Tina; John helps Bill and Cissy face up to their pasts.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 15 July 2007 49 minutes
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7. His Visit: Day Six

Linc's Stinkweed reign is challenged; Dwayne eyes Shaun's online future; Dr. Smith tends to an ailing Palaka; Ramon supervises the building of a shuffleboard court.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 22 July 2007 48 minutes
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8. His Visit: Day Seven

An ominous message from John strikes fear for Shaun's safety into the hearts of Imperial Beach denizens.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 29 July 2007 52 minutes
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9. His Visit: Day Eight

Attempting to conjure some courage, Mitch tracks down a reclusive 'chemist' in Mexico; Cissy heads up a citywide search team; Bill loses his feathered medium; Palaka's good-luck gift to Freddy ends up with Barry.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 5 August 2007 47 minutes
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10. His Visit: Day Nine

Season One Finale. Butchie and Kai wake up to a joyous revelation; Imperial Beach plays host to a makeshift parade organized by a revamped Stinkweed.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 12 August 2007 47 minutes
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Much like Carnivale, another HBO series cut down too early, John From Cincinnati is a singular vision and an all-too-rare supernatural drama with a sense of real maturity to it. It is also pointedly surreal from the beginning and, unless you're paying attention, easy to get confused by; characters speak in curious code, frequently referencing past events the audience isn't privy to; an off-the-cuff remark in one episode may not gain relevance until two or three episodes later. Because of this, J.F.C. is a show perfect for DVD. It not only rewards but requires repeated viewings, and in returning to it over, you'll usually find something you hadn't spotted before. It's a David Milch show, and so the writing is of a very high standard, and as expletive-strewn as Deadwood was, especially in the opening episode.

The cast, which ranges from first-time performers and amateurs to seasoned character actors and old Deadwood regulars, are a mixed but entertaining bunch, with Ed O'Neill's tortured ex-police officer Bill Jacks standing out. Fans of The Wire might also look out for Paul Ben Victor who played Spiros, giving a demented turn as twitchy Palaka.

If you don't mind the weird, then this is for you, and if HBO had given it a chance they'd have had something to rival Twin Peaks for in-depth character-driven kookiness. As it is, we'll have to settle for this; a mesmerising ten-episode arc, that, though open-ended, has as many memorable, touching and laugh-out-loud funny moments as many shows that lasted for years.

This is definitely not for everyone, and the 5 stars I've given above will likely baffle some. The show is initially very difficult, but pretty soon what comes across is an addictive story told in a unique manner. Some people will hate it, but those who don't will adore it. A real shame it wasn't given more time by HBO.
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I don't watch much TV, but what I do watch tends, these days, to be from the US: just a handful of shows, which include The Shield, The Wire, Lost, and Deadwood. My latest favourite is John From Cincinnati, David Milch's follow-up to Deadwood. John From Cincinnati is a wonderful show, sadly cancelled after a mere ten episodes. This doesn't surprise me, as this show, a strange mixture of family drama, surfing, and mysticism, is often difficult to follow and offers no easy answers to its mysterious questions. Deadwood fans will note that many of the cast of that show appear in this one too.

In a sense, John From Cincinnati, is a familiar idea: a dysfunctional family is visited by a strange, stranger, who proceeds by his influence to correct the ills of the family. As the series progresses, this benign influence begins to extend, not only to the surrounding community, but out, it is hinted, to the rest of the planet as well.

The mysterious John Monad (Austin Nichols), with his comically expressive face, described by another character as "A tall drink of water with a poodle hair cut," appears apparently from nowhere, doesn't know how to shake hands or cross a road safely, but is able to produce out of his previously empty pocket, a roll of money, a credit card (with unlimited credit on it), and a phone (with infinite minutes). Strange things happen during his visit: a man begins to levitate, a dead bird returns to life, a brain-damaged boy is healed. John is not able to talk directly about himself or the events he puts into motion. He can only repeat back in variations what others have said to him, creating much Johnspeak: quotable and oft-repeated phrases which he's obliged to fall back on.

Not for the casual viewer, John From Cincinnati demands concerted attention.
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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 very few lifelines for its audience to hang on to. It gives the air of being already in the middle of a story when we first arrive on the surfing scene of Imperial Beach, California, therefore demanding absolute attention and some initial guess work. Miss a bit, and you run the risk of being significantly left behind.

Secondly, it presents a title character unlike anything you've ever encountered before. John (played excellently by Austin Nichols) is a fascinating and baffling creation, whose origin, purpose and intentions remain totally unclear for most, if not all of these 10 episodes.

Thirdly it uncompromisingly requires thought, questioning, and imagination from its viewing public. You can't watch this half-heartedly, you've got to be invested in order to get anything out of it. It's a challenge both intellectually and viscerally. Repeated viewing is advisable and you'll certainly want to use that rewind button for a few of the more complex interactions.

It's also very well acted on the whole. Rebecca De Mornay and Brian Van Holt are especially effective, while Austin Nichols couldn't be better as the titular `John'. Even some of the surfing pros who aren't professional actors are more than competent.

All this praise is not to say that there aren't some flaws in this philosophical surf-noir surrealist black-comedy drama. The main focus is on the dysfunctional Yost family and the changes to their lives after the arrival of a mysterious stranger from Cincinnati (or not from Cincinnati as the case may be).
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