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Gritty crime drama set in a corrupt decaying city near the Canada-U.S. border about the leader of a vicious new gang called the EZs, a dedicated cop who's struggling to stop him, and an ex-con forced to work for the gangster.
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Series cast summary:
Ken Olin ...  Det. Cameron Quinn 12 episodes, 1996-1997
Joe Pantoliano ...  Jimmy Murtha 12 episodes, 1996-1997
Jason Gedrick ...  Danny Rooney / ... 12 episodes, 1996-1997
Mike Starr ...  Mickey Kinnear 12 episodes, 1996-1997
Sarah Trigger ...  Elli Rooney 12 episodes, 1996-1997
Debrah Farentino ...  Theresa Conners 12 episodes, 1996-1997
John Finn ...  Capt. Geary 11 episodes, 1996-1997
Richard Portnow ...  Det. Frank Collero 10 episodes, 1996-1997
R.D. Call ...  Michael 'Fivers' Dugan 10 episodes, 1996-1997
Robert Spillane ...  Bobby 10 episodes, 1996-1997
Carl Lumbly ...  Mayor Christian Davidson 9 episodes, 1996-1997
John Saint Ryan ...  Bo 6 episodes, 1996-1997
Gregg Henry ...  Carl Eiling 5 episodes, 1997
Saverio Guerra ...  Sammy Feathers 5 episodes, 1996-1997
Louis Lombardi ...  Fat Man 5 episodes, 1997
Andrew Rothenberg ...  Shirt 5 episodes, 1996-1997
Glenn Taranto ...  Glenn 5 episodes, 1996-1997
Ian Paul Cassidy ...  Paddy 5 episodes, 1996-1997
Courtney Jacquin Courtney Jacquin ...  Janie Rooney 5 episodes, 1996-1997
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In an unnamed, broken-down city somewhere near the Canadian border, three violent men seem destined to come into conflict. Detective Cameron Quinn is searching for the man who killed his partner. Vicious mobster Jimmy Murtha may be the killer, but he's busy looking after old friend Danny Rooney, who just did three years in prison for a crime Murtha committed. Written by Alan Sepinwall <sepinwal@force.stwing.upenn.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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English

Release Date:

27 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Carl Lumbly who played Mayor Christian Davidson and Vonetta McGee who played his wife Marie were married in real life from 1987 until her death in 2010. See more »

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Cameron Quinn: We'll talk later. I got a thing.
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Best-written TV show - hands down!
23 November 2006 | by brojugulusSee all my reviews

OK, so when this show first aired in 2006, it blew me away harder than a pigeon feather at an airshow.

The writing, the acting, the mood created by the amazing cinematography and hypnotic soundtrack (comprised mostly of songs by Canadian artist Loreena McKennitt), everything works so well in this show to create the most amazing television experience ever had. It's better than most movies and the plot lasts for 10 hours! That is, it would have if CBS had actually allowed the show to run its full course!! But low ratings, a bad marketing strategy and short-sighted execs killed it before it had a chance to be recognized (by the public - most critics had already recognized its value, thankfully).

So now the first three episodes of EZ Streets is available in the "Brilliant But Cancelled" DVD series, which I just rented and watched and loved just as much as I did 10 years ago. I will buy this DVD and I suggest that everyone else do the same so that one day, with Paul Haggis' growing popularity, someone will bother releasing the ENTIRE series (only 9 episodes - come on, you can do it!). This gem needs to be appreciated for generations to come, as any such admiration would be well deserved.


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