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A quiet dark horse that may surprise people who love great TV
orange_bicycle26 November 2011
I'm currently on episode 5. I'm writing a review because there are currently so few reviews.

This show caught me by surprise. I've never been a particular fan of Kelsey Grammar. Though who doesn't love Gus Van Sant? Which is the name that drew me in.

The writing is excellent. All the technical components are great, the camera work, the locations, costumes, production design; it's all impeccable. The acting is mind blowing, which I credit a lot to the directors and producers who are doing all the right things, staying out of the way when they should and thinking out loud when they should, to get great performances on a TV screen.

It may be a cult, love it or hate it, show. It may win a truckload of Emmys. But, in the eyes of this often fickle and bored TV misanthrope, it is a fine piece of craftsmanship that I believe will hold up to the test of time.

And to the previous reviewer who is tired of Chicago being portrayed this way, I just have to explain. This is fiction. It is about as true as True Blood. It is, I believe, a dark piece of satire. A character-driven-wry-look at contemporary politics in America. Every time they say Chicago, imagine they are saying The Land of Oz or Bon Temps. I think you'll enjoy it more for what it is. And thank whatever cosmic splendor that this is not another show with zombies, vampires or housewives.
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8 of the best hours of "TV" ever.
Deckard-162 August 2012
Starz! is starting to give HBO a run for their money in original programming. Their Spartacus series is one of my all time "guilty pleasures".

But "Boss" ups the ante considerably with this deadly serious & very dark melodrama of politics in Chicago.

Forget "Frasier Crane", Kelsey Grammar has the role of a lifetime playing the titular character of Mayor Tom Kane & he knocks it completely out of the park with somber rhetoric, explosive rages & double dealings. When he is on the screen he dominates it.

Of course, given the talent of series creator Farhad Sarfinia maybe the only task of Grammar's was not to screw it up. Either way it works brilliantly.

The supporting cast is excellent. The plot lines are labyrinthine without ever becoming lost.

If you like compelling drama about dirty politics & politicians you will thoroughly enjoy these 1st 8 episodes --the 1st season.
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Brilliant show!!
corathius23 September 2012
Im not one to mince words and try and sound intelligent in my reviews. Ill just say this show is amazing and well worth watching. The acting is superb and the plot is absorbing.

Kane is a beast of a character and totally dominates the show. I never watched Fraser but I now realise what a great actor Kelsey Grammar is. The supporting cast is excellent and always value add to the storyline.

Its very difficult to guess where the show is headed. I like how the storyline is not predictable.

I put this up there with my favourites, The West Wing and The Newsroom. I look forward to seeing how the plot develops and where the writers take this amazing show. Enjoy!
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Anti-Tragic Hero?
barrythescreenwriter13 October 2011
The tragedy of Macbeth was watching a good man slowly destroy the good in his life as he chose to pursue power in incremental decisions that tarnished his soul. But what would this story look like in reverse? Tragedy, as we usually experience it, sees a hero forsaking his happiness choice by choice as he opts for power. But in Boss we find Mayor Tom Kane (Grammar) as a man who is already powerful, has estranged all of those whom he loves, and has abandoned and abrogated his morals and conscience to get where he is. Then, a life-changing piece of news sets him on a path to contrition.

What happens as this powerful "Boss" begins to allow his humanity to surface again? Can he keep his grip on power as he begins to show the 'milk of human kindness' again? Shades of Tony Soprano balancing his shadow side and sensitive, loving side in this powerfully-themed (and acted) series.

And if the Macbeth-in-reverse comparison weren't enough, there is a "King Lear" like pathos to the man who has estranged his daughter who chose the path of compassionate poverty even as Dad was ruling the city with an iron fist. The faltering attempt at reconciliation here adds yet another rich texture to a compelling series sure to grow more and more powerful. THe scope is ambitious, as it explores the dynamics of the modern city-state, much as "The Wire" ambitiously attempted (and succeeded at).

Emotionally powerful, dark, compassionate, visceral and a paean to what makes life significant (no explanations... you'll see), this series is as full an orchestra of art as has been seen on television since the likes of The Wire and The Sopranos.
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Kelsey in his prime
ntfarrow28 October 2011
If you haven't read the book "Boss" by Mike Royko and you haven't already fallen in love with the new Starz series Boss, then you should do both.. NOW. I know it has only the first episode of the first season but its not a pilot, the entire first episode was directed by Gus Van Sant in Chicago and almost like one of the best 50 min. movies you ever saw. It is starZ answer to the great cable TV shows i.e. Dexter, OZ, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Shield etc.

The new series Boss is not based on Royko's book but almost the history of Chicago's gritty politics and policies. It encapsulates the anti- heroic and heroic decisions of our beloved mayor and Boss. Kelsey Grammar is Spectacular. His presence is so palpable it seems the entire cast, who are fantastic, have him on their mind when acting. Kelsey Grammar is the Bulldog mayor, he is the King of the City, he is the Boss.
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A breath of fresh air
legendlength16 October 2011
It's not every day you find a show as original and authentic as 'Boss'. It really delivers in the realism department and challenges you with unexpected twists and turns. It's too much to follow at times but it just adds to the richness.

What I like most is the attention to detail without the boring melodrama. Many parts are skipped over in favor of the important parts. It really allows you to get into the heads of the characters without bogging you down with irrelevant drama. It's quite similar to 'The Wire' for all of those reasons.

I was a bit puzzled at the low IMDb rating it received and just assumed it was a too complex for casual viewers. But after looking at the voting breakdown I realized a large group of people were giving it 1/10 with the rest up at 9 or 10. I'm guessing some people don't like Kelsey Grammar's political views.

Note this series is rated R and contains swearing and fairly graphic sex scenes. But it is done very tastefully in my opinion and just gives the show extra depth.
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finally a real tragedy comes to television.
uberape-316-4928913 March 2012
I've only ever seen one other true modern tragedy in 'dancer in the dark'. This series is exceptional in that it does not pander to your indulgence in a character. They remain outside you throughout and all perish. this is the best TV i have ever seen, the wire was good but its blue collar sentiment annoyed me, this has none. The sopranos depiction of power was good but again involved comedy (small time crooks). The characters here are not comic. There are moments where the display of their power is a little out of the writers depth, but it would have taken poetry to fully realise these moments and that I think would alienate a TV audience. Regardless of this there are no complaints from me. After watching this you will finally feel like you have seen something that was not made for the faint hearted and something that did not do this by shock violence, something that used the actions of characters alone to achieve its truly dramatic effect. brilliant
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Great new show-- better than Chicago Code, to boot
danhalfeldt27 November 2011
Haven't seen political drama this good since the West Wing. While the show maybe heavy-handed, it does always come off as having a one foot in reality. I've lived in the Chicago area my whole life, and while maybe our politicians don't murder people, they have historically been the most corrupt, period. My wife and I are hooked on this program. Love how well-rounded the characters are. I didn't realize until now how character driven the show is compared to plot driven. I guess that's why we're going to keep hearing "Wire" comparisons. Overall, I would say "Boss" is a nitty, gritty West Wing, but with Tony Soprano playing the 'president'.

I'm also a huge fan of Ryan and the "Shield", but this show does a much better job of showing not just the Chicago political machine, but also of showing Chicago. Sometimes the "Code" seems like it's just name-dropping things for "authenticity". Another thing that "Boss" does better -- dropping the exaggerated "chicaggah" accent. Most of us don't have it.
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makes House of Cards look like Mary Poppins
blanche-226 August 2016
It's always hard when you don't love the characters in a show. We felt for Michael Corleone, because the mantel he wore wasn't the one he wanted. Even bad guys can be sympathetic, unless your name is Tom Kane and you're the mayor of Chicago.

It's possible other viewers feel for Tom (Kelsey Grammar), a despicable human being, if you can call him human, a ruthless, dying man sometimes made even more despicable by his illness. Grammar proves he is not only a great actor, which has always been so, but that he has a magnificent range.

His costars are awful, too, so good in their roles that you hate them sometimes if not all the time -- the stunning Danish actress Connie Nielsen as his wife Meredith, the former mayor's daughter - clearly a dynastic marriage; his drug-addicted daughter Emma (Hannah Ware), estranged from her family; his associate, Kitty O'Neill (Kathleen Robertson), sleeping at various times with a couple of the enemies; and Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan) who does his master's bidding, most of it not too pleasant.

Kane has lewybody dementia, and as a result, hallucinates, hears voices, has seizures and bombastic fits of temper, sometimes in public. As he fights his disease and does inappropriate things, he makes deals, lies, plays people off one another, wires peoples' offices and bedrooms, and is generally corrupt - in other words, business as usual.

I have one objection to this show, and you'll think I'm a prude but here it is - it seems like nearly every encounter - and that includes in the hallways - ends with a sex act. I think it would have been more interesting if there were a few less encounters. One thing the show is great at is implying sexual heat during a scene so you just know there's chemistry - but I would like to think most adults are a little bit more discreet than some of these people, who seek out empty ladies' rooms, have sex in their offices, hallways, etc.

Nevertheless it is tragic that this mature show was canceled after two seasons and there was no movie on STARZ, as was planned, to wrap up the series. Boss deserved so much more. Is it a realistic look at politics? Lucrative contracts to your friends, lots of quid pro quo, constantly lying, having people killed - probably.
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Best TV series ever?
brothermarx14 October 2012
Boss will be seen as the best TV series ever, just as Hamlet is seen as the best play ever. They also have similarities. Just like Claudius, Mayor Tom Kane struggles to keep his power while being in constant conflict with frustrated and disappointed individuals. However, there is no protagonist, like the character Hamlet, in Boss. Instead the plot goes from strength to strength with Kelsey Grammar as antihero and spider in the net. He weaves a net of Machiavellian strategies that are so familiar to people working in politics, and the plot moves from complication to complication with the minor characters developing beautifully to fit into Kane's political net of power.

This is drama on the highest possible level, and this TV series will be used as benchmark for all future dramas. The casting is excellent and TV cannot be better than this.
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Could I be watching...
lunaticprophet30 October 2011 of the best dramas currently airing on television? It sure feels like it.

It's only been two eps, so far, so I hate to jump the broom & risk being married to a soon to be flop but.... This feels like the real deal!

I'm immersed... captured by this tale, right from the beginning. Kelsey Grammar shows his acting chops as he's nvr shown bfr (but I always knew it was thr.)

He plays the mayor of the greatest city in America with great feeling, complexity & depth.. and a menacing streak that takes him far from "Frasier". The eps have, so far,, been well written, smart & intense.

Can't wait to see what happens next.
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I have never been sadder about a series that stopped
alexvour9311 November 2014
I first watched boss a while ago, got bored on the 1st episode and stopped it. Then there was a time i has nothing else to watch so i started it again. And it's a show that grows on you. This series is really harsh, even more than house of cards-harsh and yet so realistic. There were specific episodes where the malice and skill and wit of the protagonist couple was more than anything you'd ever watch. Kelsey Grammar and Connie Nielsen are both extremely talented and Kitty is also an interesting character. I'm so, so sad the show didn't continue cause there was so much potential. Hope i'll see a 3rd season some day, although that's probably not possible.
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Kelsey Grammar = Awesome in this spellbinding series...
kwmuter23 April 2013
10 minutes into the first episode of the 2nd season (the first time I ever saw Boss) I was completely hooked.

1. The story/plot is powerful and interesting. While it is delightfully twisting, intricate, shocking, and complicated, I was able to "jump aboard" without seeing the first season. (Damn! I sure wish I had seen season one...)

2. Kelsey Grammar just blows me away. His portrayal of Kane is just fantastic. Wow. He must be seen.

Having said all this, I just read that it's been cancelled, and the last episode I just watched is the last one. Period.

What the hell?!! It never fails. As soon as some quality television comes along, I get sucked in, then it gets cancelled due to poor ratings. It never fails. And it never fails to tick me off.

Just take a look at all of the other user ratings for this show... I'm not the only one who is captivated by the excellence of the writing, acting, and production of "Boss". What gives? What the heck is wrong with the t.v. viewing public/audience?!! I suppose the cancellation of great shows like "Boss" makes room on the schedule for what the viewers all really want and need: More Honey Boo-Boo spin-offs. More Kardashians. More "Housewives of XXX". Perhaps some more hoarders, ghost hunters, rose bearing bachelors, or dancing c-list "celebrities", Great. The viewing public is getting just what it apparently wants, and just what it deserves. God forbid some quality drama sneaks in there somewhere.
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Not to Be Compared to Other Shows
weetsy15 August 2012
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I wanted to write this review to respond to all the people saying this show is as good or better than "The Wire." While I do like this show, and find it really compelling, its not worth comparing it to "The Wire." They're about totally different things, and take completely different approaches when it comes to story telling.

There's no D'Angelo Barksdale, Kima Greggs, Omar, or Lester Freamon in "Boss" but there's no one as tyrannical and at the same time sympathetic as Tom Kane in "The Wire."

I personally don't think this show is quite as good as "The Wire." There's really only one character that's a grand-slam, and that's Tom Kane. The auxiliary characters are all pretty two dimensional.

Its only 8 hours though, and even with a second season I doubt it will be more than 20, so its quite a bargain compared to "The Wire" which can eat up an entire year of your life, or more if you re-watch it.

I would recommend this show to anyone who likes a good bad guy. If you cheered for Darth Vader, or if you thought Lex Luthor was far more interesting than Superman, this is the show for you. In a world where we are constantly force-fed totally unbelievable happy endings, this is a nice dose of well-crafted ugliness.
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sagei30 December 2011
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Few missteps but still solid.

The strongarming was too overdone to be credible especially given the rather flimsy provocation. Should have handled the doctor differently.

Can't believe am typing this but the nudity feels overdone.

Or more accurately it feels mistimed, as if forcibly interjected as a marketing strategy and consequently as jarring as any advertisement.

Kelsey is spellbinding.

The rest of the cast is not overshadowed which is praise in itself.

Unengaging yet riveting.

People too unlikeable to root for but can't wait to see what befalls them next.

The devious manouevring is easy paced instead of being falsely frenetic.

Relief, to not be gagging on obligatory white knight being forced down reluctant throat.

All the characters are blatantly and satisfyingly self serving.

Wish them well.

Thank you.

Outstanding start to second season. Thought Hannah would be taking long showers in prison but thankfully they have kept it classy. Deceptively slow but decidedly riveting. Can barely wait for each new episode.
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Best Show Since The Wire
tejasbulldawg2 August 2012
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This is the best TV show since The Wire. Some of the reviewers think it is exaggerated, that real politicians aren't that as ruthless as Tom Cain. I live in Texas, and LBJ was just as nasty as Cain, except LBJ didn't betray his own family as far as I know. To get elected to any significant office you have to be a Machiavellian, and the higher the office, the more vicious and without scruples you have to be. In a city like Chicago where there are lots of interest groups fighting for power and money, the more brutal the struggle. All that said, here are my comments on the show. Kelsey Grammar is in a league with Pacino, Nicholson, Duvall and Hoffman. He's like Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone - you know he's evil but you root for him anyway. The supporting cast is strong. I particularly like the Ezra Stone character, Cain's consigliere. The actress who plays Cain's wife Meredith can be as cold and hard as Lady MacBeth, then vulnerable and afraid. The sets are beautiful. The show is like Shakespeare for modern times.
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Best Series of 2011!
jamesm106812 December 2011
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I was born and raised in Chicago and I must say I love this series, Kelsey Grammar should get an Emmy for this because his acting is the best I have seen. I was very interested to see how the series would play out, for the most part it is believable, Chicago/Cook County does run/control the State and the mayor has a great deal of power and influence over what happens or doesn't happen throughout the entire state, no Governor will ever get elected without winning Cook County, that is how it has always been. Politics within the city dealing with alderman and ethnic divisions seems common and it is a high crime city with lots of violence so expect that in the show. I seen a reviewer who said "Mayor Daley can't do a thing without the SunTimes writing about it" well, I would say there is plenty that happens behind the scenes that people outside of city hall don't see or know about. It is a BIG, Powerful machine that can do a lot of things, good and bad.

It is a fictional story and it takes a few liberties but that is called entertainment and this show gives you an hour of pure and intense entertainment! I wouldn't be turned off by those who complain about the show not being PC, it isn't PC nor should it be, this is a raw, in your face political drama that doesn't wash it down with to much male/female love story crap, it is telling a much deeper story than that and it is a MUST SEE!
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Political Self Preservation - Compelling Drama
claredackombe21 February 2016
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I just can't understand why a show like this is cancelled whilst so much other 'tosh' just runs and runs. Grammar, Neilsen and Donavan are just mesmerising. Another reviewer mentioned its like Macbeth, I'm not so sure. We join a man clinging on to power rather than duped into grasping it. We certainly don't see a man who may not be up to his job. More a man who lost sight of his ideals. Though certainly Kane will sacrifice anybody and anything to retain power. Nielsen is sublime as his wife. Her motivations as dubious as Kane's. She is dignified even in the most lowly acts. There are moments of brilliance in this and I'm genuinely sad that I only have season 2 left to watch. If I could start a campaign to get this show recommissioned, I would! If only the TV execs could have preserved this show as well Kane and his staff preserved his office.
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Sideshow Bob as a sociopathic Mayor of Chicago and its freaking awesome!
Mellow_Biafra15 May 2015
Locked in a room for a few days with nothing to keep me entertained except Netflix. Stumbled upon this gem because I'm a huge Kelsey Grammar fan and the show just sounded awesome.

The first two episodes, I felt like I needed Ritalin to keep up with all the story lines and characters being introduced.

By episode five, Boss had restored my faith in television.

By the end of season one, I was ready to declare Boss as one of my favorite shows of all-time.

The show is expertly acted and superbly directed with a rotating roster of big name directors that weave together the stories surrounding Chicago Mayor and political boss Tom Kane. Played by Kelsey Grammar, Tom Kane is a coldly logical if sociopathic mayor who engages in the darkest of politics for the greater good of his city. Surrounding him is a cast of other political figures, employees, journalists, businessmen, crime figures and family members. Painted against a modern back drama, Boss plays like a modern opera as the stories of many people weave together to form the reality of modern politics.

While Boss can be highly complex, the masterful performance of Grammar carries the show and is so engrossing that its difficult to stop watching once you start. The weaving story lines of different characters, their motivations and how they work to screw one another is one of the most engrossing experiences I've had with a television show. In the end, despite Mayor Kane coming across as the epitome of evil, you come to realize through the corruption or ignorance of the other characters that Kane is working towards the greater good.

If you're a fan of Kelsey Grammar or you enjoy dark political stories, this is a can't miss show. The first few episodes are difficult to get into but are carried by Grammar's performance. However once you get into this show, it becomes highly addicting.
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Points for style, but no soul
russmillerwy-957-68243918 November 2012
You have to hand it to Boss's creators for pioneering a unique style of cinematography and sound. Nearly all of Boss's scenes are shot as close-ups of whoever's speaking, regardless of what else is going on. For those of us who like surround sound, this is the first TV series I've ever heard that really takes advantage of it. It makes you feel right in the middle of the scene, as if standing right in front of that close-up. Kelsey Grammar also ditches his Frazier persona and we almost forget where we know him from. Like Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle, Grammar's going to get a box full of awards statues for his new dramatic work.

Unfortunately, the devil's in the character of the characters. Nearly everyone involved is cold, calculating, and incapable of inspiring our empathy. The Boss himself rules through intimidation and secret violence. His wife, the daughter of the old mayor, is a political prop with no feelings for her husband at all, only a desire to enjoy the glamorous civic business life that active first ladies receive. His estranged daughter (played by a former British model who slips in and out of accent like fingernails scraping on a chalkboard) is a minister recovering (on and off) from drug addiction. She has turned her icy back on the parents who threw the first icy punch when they shut their dope fiend daughter out. Beyond that are the cynical operatives, mannequin-shaped strategists who double as whores, and, yes, even black- gloved assassins who do the boss's dirty work. Like most premium cable dramatic series, smatterings of full body makeup soft porn appear once or twice an episode as a substitute for emotional intimacy, and even it is icy cold.

It's hard to imagine politics in any American city, even Chicago, being quite so without warmth, soul, or redemption. In Russia, Mexico, or China, sure, but not in a place where politicians who hire assassins get investigative task forces assigned to them by the feds. The lack of sympathetic characters at first made me wonder who to root for, but somewhere around episode 5 I just decided to hell with all of them. They're too unlikable to keep watching. I'm tempted to, based on some of the other reviews I've seen about season 2, but the lack of morality is, well, demoralizing.

PostScript: A lot of reviewers have compared Boss to The Wire, which is hands down my favorite show of all time. IMHO, a deep, dark, and funny masterpiece. My take? The Wire had a sense of humor. It also had a way of making even its most bloodthirsty and treacherous villains human and vulnerable so that even if and when they die, we regret their passing. The Wire has a much richer palette of characters. It introduced us to entire city full of cops, junkies, drug dealers, stick up crews, teachers, reporters, kids, politicians, and longshoremen, many of whom never actually share a scene or know of the others' existence. Best of all, none of them were comic book stereotypes, and all of them were using their brains to get up to speed or, more often, to work the system and get over. The Boss does make its way around, but the focus is really all about the Boss and his intimates. While no one in Boss is a stereotype, either, we just never seem to get to know anyone very well. So that's a big part of why it's hard to really feel for any of them. None of them has a sense of humor, only a sense of anger.
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Great Show!
Arenas481211 January 2015
I got this as suggestion after House of Cards and Damages. I loved Damages the most,but this was good! I worked in Chicago politics for about a year, and the back biting is pretty real. The scheming is true, and it reminded of what people will do to get to the top of state government. It's crazy. Kelsey Grammar's all the powerful mayor of Chicago, and believe or not, he tries to control the whole state. The only issue is that he can't, so we have to see how he works his way through the state's different divisions to get tasks done. It's very good, and appealed to me the most because I worked in that environment. Some of it's more real than you'd think. Season One had some filler episodes, but I like the drug dealing boyfriend of his daughter. The projects turned into condos storyline is similar to the truth to. Especially trying to get the African American Democrats on his side. Season Two's pretty good, I'm really surprised they didn't continue this show on or wrap this up. Overall, It's worth a watch!
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A Role in Search of a Series in Chicago
macktan89413 December 2011
Kelsey Grammar is outstanding in this role as a mayor of Chicago who's suffering from an incurable neurological disease. His obsession with power includes some demoniacal activities that I hope Chicago mayors have not indulged in. However most of the story lines just aren't up to snuff to give Grammar his ovation. For one, there is way too much soft porn and nudity worked in for no reason other than to titillate. Sex may occur in Chicago, but not to this extent.

My other complaint centers on the lack of an authentic Chicago feel to the show. When Boss's wife referred to his birthplace in Bridgeport, I choked on my popcorn. No way Kelsey Grammar behaves or speaks like someone from Bridgeport. In fact, there are few characters on this show that are recognizably Chicagoan. Without the background shots, this could be about the mayor of Hollywood. Refinement is not Chicago's fine point. (If this took place in Evanston or Wilmette, the characters might be more believable although the mayor would certainly go to the gas chamber).

Coming from Chicago, the inauthentic-ness really bothered me. Not even the drug dealers rang true. If Starz intends to continue Boss, it should get some real Chicago actors who can convey the city, hire a Chicago writer. It's a city with a rich culture that would only help this series were it re-created in a more genuine fashion. If not, I suggest you re title the series-- The Godfather, for example.

An update regarding Season 2: The new season is much better than the first. The story lines and characters are more deeply presented, outside of their sexual proclivities. Producers seemed to realize the Kelsey Grammar is what makes this show so he is on camera a lot and shown from an array of viewpoints. His infatuation with Sanaa Latham's character is provocative...and sad. You often veer from hating to pitying to admiring this man. I wish the other characters were as magnetic as Boss.

This still has nothing to do with the reality of chicago, its people or its politics. Throw in a little Streets and Sanitation, a little O'Hare, a little lakefront and voila! This story is really not about the city of Chicago, it's about a King who is losing his mind and trying to hide it to keep the buzzards at bay. Definitely enjoyed this season so far.
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Do Any TV Writers Actually Live In Chicago?
chicagopoetry30 October 2011
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First off, I have to hand it to Kelsey Grammar. I've seen one episode of Boss so far and I am about to watch the second episode, and I'm already impressed with his dramatic acting after his long stint with Frasier and his failed attempt at that lousy sitcom about the rich family who lost everything, whatever it was called, who remembers and who cares? But . . . What is up with these shows purporting to take place in Chicago that have nothing to do with Chicago? For anyone's information, our last Mayor Daley could barely fart without being exposed by the Sun Times and placed under federal investigation, so the concept of some Chicago mayor pushing around the Hispanic community, ordering some guy's ears to get lopped off just for speaking out of turn, personally buying drugs with cash in a public park and otherwise acting like a modern day Caligula is so preposterous, so implausible, so dumb that I would have turned this bull off if not for the fine acting of Kelsey Grammar. That said, I'm about to watch episode two. I remember feeling slightly the same way upon watching the first episode of The Shield and that turned out to be one of my favorite all time shows. So I guess we'll see.
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Heartbroken that it's over....
anetkam23 August 2016
You would think that seeing Kelsey Grammar in this role (after adoring him for over 10 years as Frasier) would be difficult to stomach. But it's not. And it is not, because Kelsey plays the role of his life here. He is brilliant and 100% believable. There is no Frasier in sight, there is Boss, a guy you hate, and yet, can't help feeling sorry for. It is not easy watching, no, it's not. Some scenes will haunt me in my dreams for many nights to come, but the show is absolutely fantastic, and I cannot believe it only lasted 2 seasons. Whoever decided to end it, must be crazy! I was heartbroken to learn that it was over so soon... (IMDb auto-correct keeps changing Kelsey's last name, I am powerless - apologies to the Boss!)
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Great example on how politics and corruption dance together.
danizurita11 September 2014
I still don't believe that this show is over. It clearly was left undone. Totally worth enjoying the two seasons it contains. Too much to learn about how power blinds our leaders, how corruption works like a perfect self-enhanced machine, how things are not what they seem and how all citizens (regardless the country they live in) are deceived and manipulated. The message is cruel and devastating to those naive who still believe in what their politicians tell them and how government works. Corruption is something nobody wants to talk about but affects us in every aspect of our lives. Somebody is taking decisions for you, and not always the right ones. My only guess on why this show didn't pick up is because is painful and hard to see us in the mirror.
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