Gangland: Season 6
The History Channel takes an in depth look at American street gangs, exploring gang communities, gang rivalries as well as gangs based upon racism. Or so the DVD claims, and based on the quality of other History Channel DVDs I’ve seen, I was expecting a well rounded, well produced and informative DVD. The fact that it was season 6 should have meant that it had some legs and was popular, on the flip side it doesn’t reflect well on America that something like this could be in it’s sixth season.
Sadly however, Gangland: Season 6 just doesn’t deliver. Possibly seasons 1 through 5 didn’t either. Gangland is a brilliant example of American TV at it’s worse. The kind of show that shows you what it’s about to show you, then shows you and then tells you what it just showed you, resulting in 20 minutes of program being delivered over a 60 minute period. THis in itself is bad enough, but then Gangland uses ex-gang members and ex-undercover cops to tell the story. Imagine being a member of a notorious gang that executes snitches, but there you are, on camera telling the gangs deepest, darkest secrets, claiming that you’re not worried about retribution. Something just doesn’t sit right. Add to that the way the lines are delivered, the cheesiness of them, and you just can;t get past thinking these guys are actors pretending to be ex this and ex that.
And this just kills the shows credibility and destroys the watch-ability. It essentially takes Gangland down to a documentary series that you can probably only enjoy with some mates and a few beers. Something to laugh at.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read