Graceland Reviews & Ratings

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From the acclaimed creator of White Collar, Jeff Eastin, comes a new one-hour drama about a diverse group of undercover agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and U.S. Customs whose worlds collide while forced to live together under the same roof of a seized beachfront mansion in Southern California called "Graceland."
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Feb 9, 2015 3:51PM EST
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Dark but good.

Dark but good.

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Aug 15, 2014 8:25AM EDT
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Season 1 of Graceland was a hit—filmed with sultry light including many scenes out on the boardwalk or beachfront giving viewers a taste of that salty air, leaving the grit of the sand in their teeth, and luring them back with an enticing plot line. It brilliantly developed its characters and lured viewers back as they sought to understand the mysterious covert past of Briggs and decide whether or not Mike and the house should trust him. Overall, the plot arc of season 1 traced a single culprit (Jangles) while unveiling a layer of deception within the Graceland house itself . Season 2 has unfortunately been more caught up with issues of political power (Mikey as the one in charge with a DC connection, Paige struggling to get anyone official to sign off on bringing down the human trafficking ring and Dale as one unable to win his battle against the child custody system). Although season 2 has explored a bit more some of the minor characters—really giving Johnny (and actor Manny Montana) the opportunity to shine and show his stuff as he goes undercover with Carlito and family then takes that undercover life into his own personal life and thus his mother’s home—it has failed to develop the alluring options set up in season one. Even the filming of season 2 has been more generic cop show than the overpretty (and thus unexpected and unusual) aesthetic of the first season. My greatest criticism would be that the writers of Season 2 seem to have lost the opportunity to focus on and expand their exploration of the Briggs-Mike dynamic which nourishes the enticing question of what are the moral and immoral choices ‘we’ would allow on the path to putting the baddest guys behind bars, thus in the name of ‘good’ or ‘right’. I give this 4.5 stars out of 5 for season 1, and 2.5 out of 5 for season 2. Note: I do hope to see USA give a green light for a season 3 but that the writers return to the dynamics of season one and expand on the Briggs-Mike, Briggs-Paige, Briggs-Dale trust and plot openers awaiting expansion.

Season 1 of Graceland was a hit—filmed with sultry light including many scenes out on the boardwalk or beachfront giving viewers a taste of that salty air, leaving the grit of the sand in their teeth, and luring them back with an enticing plot line. It brilliantly developed its characters and lured viewers back as they sought to understand the mysterious covert past of Briggs and decide whether or not Mike and the house should trust him. Overall, the plot arc of season 1 traced a single culprit (Jangles) while unveiling a layer of deception within the Graceland house itself . Season 2 has unfortunately been more caught up with issues of political power (Mikey as the one in charge with a DC connection, Paige struggling to get anyone official to sign off on bringing down the human trafficking ring and Dale as one unable to win his battle against the child custody system). Although season 2 has explored a bit more some of the minor characters—really giving Johnny (and actor Manny Montana) the opportunity to shine and show his stuff as he goes undercover with Carlito and family then takes that undercover life into his own personal life and thus his mother’s home—it has failed to develop the alluring options set up in season one. Even the filming of season 2 has been more generic cop show than the overpretty (and thus unexpected and unusual) aesthetic of the first season. My greatest criticism would be that the writers of Season 2 seem to have lost the opportunity to focus on and expand their exploration of the Briggs-Mike dynamic which nourishes the enticing question of what are the moral and immoral choices ‘we’ would allow on the path to putting the baddest guys behind bars, thus in the name of ‘good’ or ‘right’. I give this 4.5 stars out of 5 for season 1, and 2.5 out of 5 for season 2. Note: I do hope to see USA give a green light for a season 3 but that the writers return to the dynamics of season one and expand on the Briggs-Mike, Briggs-Paige, Briggs-Dale trust and plot openers awaiting expansion.

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Jul 23, 2014 10:59PM EDT
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Its a good show

Its a good show

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Aug 30, 2017 7:14PM EDT
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First season was my favorite, but I continued to love the characters all the way through.

First season was my favorite, but I continued to love the characters all the way through.

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Jun 22, 2017 3:00PM EDT
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This turned out to be an excellent show; with plenty of plot twists to keep you on the hook, and lots of great characters to watch as the story plays out.

This turned out to be an excellent show; with plenty of plot twists to keep you on the hook, and lots of great characters to watch as the story plays out.

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Feb 8, 2017 4:34AM EST
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A group of beautiful youthful people living together in Florida, all working in different government agencies. What could go wrong? Sorry it ended so soon.

A group of beautiful youthful people living together in Florida, all working in different government agencies. What could go wrong? Sorry it ended so soon.

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Jan 8, 2017 8:45AM EST
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Given up on season 3 ... really? Sarin gass? Street gang fights? Honestly, in season 4 they'll be battling Al Quaida.
It's a bit much - too much for it to be believable. I did love season 1. But unfortunately, they've - quite literally- lost the plot somewhere along the lines. I'm not surprised this was cancelled. A shame really - since the original concept was strong and the characters are likable. It started with 3 stars out of 5, it ended with 2. Shame.

Given up on season 3 ... really? Sarin gass? Street gang fights? Honestly, in season 4 they'll be battling Al Quaida.
It's a bit much - too much for it to be believable. I did love season 1. But unfortunately, they've - quite literally- lost the plot somewhere along the lines. I'm not surprised this was cancelled. A shame really - since the original concept was strong and the characters are likable. It started with 3 stars out of 5, it ended with 2. Shame.

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Mar 28, 2016 1:45PM EDT
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Phenomenal concept and intrigue.
The idea is great and the action that happens in this series is always at a high intensity with so much tension build up as well.
The twists and turns they all go through is something else.
One of the best shows out there.
Makes you want to be one of them.
A really good plot line and great twists every step of the way.

Phenomenal concept and intrigue.
The idea is great and the action that happens in this series is always at a high intensity with so much tension build up as well.
The twists and turns they all go through is something else.
One of the best shows out there.
Makes you want to be one of them.
A really good plot line and great twists every step of the way.

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Jan 25, 2016 1:11AM EST
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Loved this not-so-typical cop show. Based on inspired by truth situation, it's unpredictable. And the ensemble cast is great.

Loved this not-so-typical cop show. Based on inspired by truth situation, it's unpredictable. And the ensemble cast is great.

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Jan 9, 2016 11:48AM EST
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First season was great. Went down hill from the second season. I've seen about half of the second season, but quit watching after that.

First season was great. Went down hill from the second season. I've seen about half of the second season, but quit watching after that.