The Black Donnellys

2007 NR 1 season

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The Black Donnellys

2007 NR 1 season
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Kevin (Billy Lush), Jimmy (Tom Guiry), Tommy (Jonathan Tucker) and Sean Donnelly (Michael Stahl-David) are four young, working-class Irish brothers, inexorably tied to a New York City crime syndicate. The brothers' determination to protect their family and territory -- Hell's Kitchen -- at any cost keeps them in a vicious cycle of loyalty with little hope of escape. Paul Haggis's gritty mob drama also stars Mark Margolis as mob boss Sal Minetta.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2007) - 3 discs

Kevin, Jimmy, Tommy and Sean Donnelly are four working-class Irish brothers inexorably tied to a New York City crime syndicate. The brothers' determination to protect their family and territory at any cost keeps them trapped in a vicious cycle.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Michael Stahl-David
  • Jonathan Tucker
  • Tom Guiry
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Billy Lush
  • Kirk Acevedo
  • Keith Nobbs
  • Peter Greene
  • Patrick Brennan
  • Brian Tarantina
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though this is a network show, the violence -- both depicted and alluded to -- is extreme, including kidnapping, assault, and murder. An example: One scene involves disposing of a body by stuffing it into a barrel; when it doesn't fit, the body is smashed with a sledgehammer until it does (the person wielding the weapon is seen with blood spatter on his face after each blow). While loyalty and the importance of family are central themes, the Donnelly brothers are involved in everything from gambling and petty theft to cold-blooded executions. Many scenes occur in a bar, and drinking and smoking are common. Some scenes include passionate kissing.

Sexual Content

Passionate kissing; unrequited love.


Major violence, though it's not absolutely explicit. Guns, beatings, murder, torture, body disposal, blood-splattered bodies, etc.


Lots of mild expletives like "hell," "damn," "screwed," etc.

Social Behavior

Four young-adult brothers transition from petty offenses to truly violent crime. While all brothers are good-hearted (though for some it's a lot further down than others), they don't hesitate to commit brutal acts in retaliation or protection of their family. Revenge and pride are big motivators here.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many scenes are set in a bar. Fair amount of drinking, and some smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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