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Boss 2 Seasons 2011

Mayor Kane's (Kelsey Grammer) grip on Chicago is as strong as ever. As corrupt heads roll and his list of enemies grows, Kane's virtuous actions start to erode his foundation of power.

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Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen

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1. Listen

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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: 1 January 2011
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2. Reflex

A new political force enters the race with only a few weeks until the primary. When the City Council stands in Kane's way, Kane and his crew will have to flex their political muscles to stay on top. Meanwhile, Meredith gets some unsettling news that adds to her growing suspicions that her husband's keeping something from her.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: 1 January 2011
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3. Swallow

As Zajac's campaign gains momentum, Kane has problems adjusting to his new medical reality. An embarrassing media storm catches Governor Cullen off guard while Miller stumbles upon a story that seeps much deeper than he imagined.

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4. Slip

Kane finds himself starting to lose control, both politically and personally, as his supporters begin to question their confidence in him. Zajac ventures into uncharted territory while campaigning as Miller continues to dig for answers.

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5. Remembered

After long-buried information resurfaces, Kane and his camp find themselves battling the media for control of public perception. With the primary just around the corner, they'll have to pull out all the stops to contain the situation and keep the upper hand.

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6. Spit

Kane takes an unannounced break from City Hall as his political image hits an all-time low. The election looms and he'll need to enlist the help of others to weather this storm. Kitty, at an emotional impasse, makes a bold move while Meredith, increasingly suspect of Kane's behavior, seeks opportunities of her own.

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7. Stasis

Just days away from the election, Kane slowly regains control over City Hall. Though a swift political move will help identify his adversaries, will doing the unthinkable improve his public image in time?

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8. Chose

Election Day. The race is close, and while the candidates campaign, Kane and Stone must do their part to turn the gears of the political machine. Emma's world is turned upside-down while Meredith must go to great lengths to prove her allegiance to Kane.

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Product Details

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
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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The storyline looks good and Kelsey Grammer plays the part well. However, the whole thing is ruined by the shaky cameras that are not just unsettling, they are totally annoying. I would recommend to the producers that they produce the series again, but make the cameras more steady.
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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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I just finished watching Season 1 of this dark, gritty political drama. The verdict? Sheer brilliance. The story, the script, the direction, the soundtrack, the ACTING! I cannot even begin to express the calibre of Kelsey Grammer's performance as Tom Kane, the fictional Mayor of Chicago . One minute you love him. A little later he's vile and repulsive. Then you're terrified of him, only to feel pitifully sorry for him a few scenes later. Who knew Kelsey Grammer had such incredible range? Who knew the man we used to watch as Fraser Crane had the capability of taking us on such a wildly emotional roller coaster? No wonder he chose to be the Executive Producer of this show. It's the role of a lifetime.

Prior to "Boss", the only political drama that ever hooked me was the superb Danish series "Borgen". Series 1 of "Boss" had me just as hooked. What I love about both shows (with "Boss" having a slight edge over "Borgen") is the depth of characterisation, how they challenge our notions of democracy at a practical level, and how they portray the high price we have to pay when we betray our moral compass for the sake of power and control. I can't wait to watch Season 2.
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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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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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