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Rating: Not Rated
11 episodes from the 2006 season on three discs
Power Map: An interactive, graphical guide of the relationships and power struggles among the characters
“Welcome to “The Hill,” an Irish working-class neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island – a place where mothers choose favorites, wives keep secrets, and friends are won and lost by the deals that they make. And while Tommy Caffee pursues ambitions as a rising star in politics, Michael Caffee seeks power the only way he knows how – within the gritty underworld of violence and crime.”
“Brotherhood” is not rated but it features language, nudity, and violence.
The acting in the show is pretty good. Jason Isaacs lays on a convincing New England accent that covers up his British roots. Jason Clarke, who looks like Matthew Perry’s older brother, leads the cast well as the sometimes honest / sometimes corrupt politician. Annabeth Gish is, well, nude a lot as Eileen Caffee.
While “Brotherhood” wasn’t for me, I’d recommend it to fans of “The Sopranos” or “The West Wing.” The mix of politics and crime drama should appeal to both sets of fans.
As for the DVD set, they skimped a lot on the bonus features. You’ll find commentary on just one of the episodes and none of the actors take part in it. There are also cast biographies and an interactive map showing the relationships between the characters. Overall, not that impressive.