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A retired MMA fighter turned trainer juggles keeping his mixed martial arts gym running and keeping his family united.

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Series cast summary:
Frank Grillo ...  Alvey Kulina 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Kiele Sanchez ...  Lisa Prince 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Matt Lauria ...  Ryan Wheeler 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Jonathan Tucker ...  Jay Kulina 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Nick Jonas ...  Nate Kulina 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Joanna Going ...  Christina Kulina 40 episodes, 2014-2017
Juliette Jackson ...  Shelby 29 episodes, 2014-2017
Paul Walter Hauser ...  Keith 27 episodes, 2014-2017
Joe Stevenson Joe Stevenson ...  Joe Daddy / ... 27 episodes, 2014-2017
Mac Brandt ...  Mac Sullivan 21 episodes, 2014-2017
Natalie Martinez ...  Alicia Mendez 20 episodes, 2015-2016
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Alvey and Lisa are struggling to keep their gym, Navy Street, afloat. Their best hope is Alvey's son Nate, an up and coming fighter. Jay, Alvey's other son, is on the outs with his father. When Lisa's ex and former MMA champ, Ryan, shows up, complications arise. Nate has secrets of his own which may hold him back. Written by Anonymous

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2014 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Frank Grillo who plays Alvey and Wendy Moniz who plays his lawyer/love interest Roxy are married in real life and have children together. See more »

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Surprisingly very, very good.
3 November 2014 | by samwamburiSee all my reviews

As an MMA fan, I thought I'd give this show a try and to be honest wasn't expecting much aside from the usual brutality which is stuff you'd get on Blackbelt TV or something, but hats off to the scripters for nailing this show spot on.

The choice of lead and support characters and their multi-layers, which continue to get deeper with each passing episode, plot and sub- plot..it is absolutely genius.

The simple premise on which the story is built and subsequent sub- stories and characters added on make the story telling angles just as juicy as the camera work and fighting scenes.

I'd love to see how far wide they can cast the story without losing the MMA base plot.

So far, excellent, RAW, watching. 9.5 out of 10 from me.

----------------------UPDATE---------------------------------------

having watched about 7 episodes now I can confidently say I await a 2nd season with baited breath. I usually hate giving off details that would ruin a first time watcher via the review so I'll keep it at that. The only close comparison I could draw with this is the movie "Warrior" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291584/?ref_=nv_sr_1) which in a way tried to condense all the relational angles and fighting into 140min. Kingdom draws it out more, allowing the audience to identify with each characters'struggles, pain, triumph and emotions. The pure rawness and reality of the everyday struggles on fighting for relationships to work, making ends meet, pursuing your dream are captured all to well. And as someone said, you don't need to love MMA to relate to this.

Final verdict: 10/10


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