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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best French Thriller series of the year !
Even if I'm french, I can't understand why TF1, the french network cancelled the show. 6 million watchers weren't enough for them !!!!!!! I don't care "Jo" for me is certainly one of the good surprises of the French TV ! The writing (Supervised by Rene Balcer, producer of NYCI !!!) and the casting is fantastic. Watch the 8 episodes, you won't regret it !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jean Reno does his (very good) best
This should have been a great series. Jean Reno is, as ever in his roles, excellent. He is absolutely credible as the beat-up old cop, who has seen it all and is good at his job, but severely flawed by drink and drugs and iffy friends. The story lines are pretty good too, if somewhat far-fetched a lot of the time. The sets are good. But, and it is a BIG but, the co-stars...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jean Reno does his (very good) best, 14 Sep 2013
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This should have been a great series. Jean Reno is, as ever in his roles, excellent. He is absolutely credible as the beat-up old cop, who has seen it all and is good at his job, but severely flawed by drink and drugs and iffy friends. The story lines are pretty good too, if somewhat far-fetched a lot of the time. The sets are good. But, and it is a BIG but, the co-stars are truly, utterly dismal. The story is set in Paris, great, so you would reasonably expect there to be the odd French person around other than Jean Reno. Yet for some unfathomable reason, the entire cast seem to be American third-raters with grating terrible American accents, which are so distracting and so irksome that it spoils the series. Great pity, because it could have been first class.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly dreadful, 26 Aug 2013
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I bought this on the strength that having Jean Reno in it meant it had to be at least ok. I am afraid that notion was rapidly disavowed. It is utterly risible in terms of both script writing and acting.

As others have rightly commented the inclusion of a string of poor English speaking actors and it being made in English is inexplicable.

Please do not buy this expecting a Braquo or a Spiral as it is more akin to a complete turkey. The mystery is not why it was cancelled but rather why it was ever commissioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Police Procedural with American Accents, 22 Feb 2014
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Jo is a French produced police procedural television series that aired in 2013, and was recently released on DVD (for Region 2). The series is set in Paris, and stars Jean Reno as Jo Saint-Clair, a police detective leading murder investigations. If you are a fan of British crime and mysteries, the series could be an entertaining view, but it is definitely not in the same league as other contemporaries.

The positive aspect of the show is the casting and the cinematography. Jean Reno is a superb actor, and the rest of the characters are also well cast. His boss is played by Orla Brady, who is commonly known from the BBC series Mistresses. There are many other familiar faces from British crime and mystery series, including Jane Wymark, who played Joyce Barnaby on Midsomer Murders. The filming locations, the sets, and the camera angles are superb.

The show is in English, but the accent choice is odd. Jean Reno is one of the few characters during the entire series that speaks with a French accent. The vast majority of the characters speak in an American accent. It was very strange to see all of the familiar faces from British television speaking with an American accent. The accent choice leads to a definitive loss of “atmosphere,” though the show was filmed in Paris.

There are eight episodes that are about 50 minutes each, which relates to another criticism that I have – that the stories were rushed and abrupt. Each episode has the murder investigation plot, and multiple subplots concerning the personal issues of Jean Reno’s character and his daughter. At times, the story lines take dramatic leaps forward.

As a result of the American accents, and the rushed storylines, the series comes across with the atmosphere of an American produced show, instead of a French or even a British show. Depending on how many British crime and mystery series you have already exhausted, Jo is still worth watching. The ending will be abrupt, though, as a second series was planned, but cancelled shortly before filming was to begin.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Americanised Series, 6 Oct 2013
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Although this is an english speaking programme, I was very disappointed that subtitles were not available on this DVD, as Reno did tend to mumble. Very like many american TV cop series but just set in Paris. I got a lot of fun playing spot the english actor and seeing how good their american accent could be. One episode linked in to a Criminal Intent episode, with an actress playing the same villian character in Jo as she did in Criminal Intent. Not great but not bad either, just okay - not surprised the second series was cancelled.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little slow, 4 Oct 2013
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Well i truly like Reno, but this is not that good. The story is slow and could be improved. best regards Gud
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best French Thriller series of the year !, 3 July 2013
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Even if I'm french, I can't understand why TF1, the french network cancelled the show. 6 million watchers weren't enough for them !!!!!!! I don't care "Jo" for me is certainly one of the good surprises of the French TV ! The writing (Supervised by Rene Balcer, producer of NYCI !!!) and the casting is fantastic. Watch the 8 episodes, you won't regret it !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is an American production, with Paris locations., 29 Aug 2013
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This is an OK series. It is an American production with a French lead to provide a bit of authenticity. It could be anywhere really. Decent story lines. But if like me you see Jean Reno and don't register that this is not a French production will be disappointed. Would give this a slightly lesser rating if it weren't for making the error of thinking this was French and having to factor in that huge let down when realising that error.
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4.0 out of 5 stars French Noir with a British flavor!, 15 May 2014
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This would have been so much better if done in French with subtitles. As it is not I feel this misses the mark, but clearly it will have an appeal to fans of Police procedurals based in Paris. Using Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) as a Nun (really?) does little other than to add her name to the cast to make it saleable in Canada.
If there is a Season 2 let us hope it is done better!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not great, 27 April 2014
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Jean Reno tries hard to make this series good but is not able to do that. although paris is great.
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2.0 out of 5 stars O dear, some unfortunate decisions, 6 April 2014
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As other reviewers have noted,Jean Reno is the only authentic person. Suspension of disbelief never rises with a French crime squad (and criminals) mysteriously speaking fluent English. If you hoped this might be a French 'Salamander' (as I did), you'll also be disappointed to discover that this is a 'one crime per episode' series with an ongoing family challenge for the main character. The crimes themselves are interestingly convoluted, but collapse because there's only so much complexity you can satisfactorily unravel in 40 minutes.In the end, you are left with one credible actor and Paris.
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