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Gang Related - S01E11

Action . Crime . Drama

We learn there was more to Javier’s arrest than meets the eye, and Jessica makes a startling discovery about Ryan.

Episode Title: La Luz Verde
Airs: 2014-07-31 at 09:00 pm
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    The writing is sharp, the atmosphere thick with tension from, among other things, car and foot chases.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It would be giving away too much to get into the specifics of an emotional Episode 3 encounter between Javier and son Carlos. But this is where Gang Related really starts to distinguish and establish itself as a series that might grow into something more than a vividly staged run ’n’ gun hour with little else going for it.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    In the show's best moments, this moral pickle (being a mole vs. being a cop) leaves Ryan scrambling to improvise ways to prevent gang crimes without really catching anyone. [26 May 2014, p.40]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s a fast-paced shoot-’em-up/blow-’em-up affair (with the usual ridiculous disregard for actual public safety), but beneath the noise and oozing machismo, it’s not half bad as a deeper emotional story about family and trust.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The action scenes are impressive, the cast admirably diverse (with Cliff Curtis especially strong as Ryan's demanding surrogate father), and the tone suitably rugged. All Gang Related needs to up the ante is a hero who's a little more "anti-."

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It’s an action drama about a cop leading a double life and is itself torn in two directions: aspiring to the latitude and sophistication of cable, but still hamstrung by conventional notions of character development, exposition and taste.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Long

    With the tension of its premise and the promise of its family-driven drama, Gang Related may eventually work the stiffness out of its joints and become interesting. Or not. It’s that kind of show.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Clunky dialogue, clichéd relationships, and an escapist action-flick aesthetic combine to subvert the ambition for gritty realism. It requires stronger vision and voice, as well as more distance; it can't decide whether to be likable or prickly.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Nothing feels authentic about this show.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    For what it is--a small-screen version of a big-screen shoot-’em-up--Gang Related is fine, but it won’t be confused with great TV.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Just as Lopez struggles to balance his loyalties, so does Gang Related struggle to bring fresh energy to the formula.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The pilot episode, airing Thursday, is less than promising, but once you get used to the cliches, the loudly telegraphed plot developments and the unrelentingly phony look of the set, the show becomes watchable in subsequent episodes, thanks to a few of the key performances and some well-directed action scenes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Gang Related ultimately confuses being grim with being sophisticated, and it too rarely stops to think about what it’s trying to say beyond, “Man, being a dirty cop sure would be tough!”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Pulp hooey with a comic book vitality and earnestness that manages to keep it (usually) on track.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Instead of Ryan being a complex antihero with shades of gray, he’s more like a boring beige.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    O'Quinn doesn't have nearly the command he did on Lost, even if he is in charge. Any scenes with the gang members' families are just plain cringe-worthy.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    As badly as the members of Los Angelicos behave, they're always going to be more interesting than the people trying to shut them down. And yet not quite interesting enough to keep me watching as they chase the legitimacy they're never going to catch.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    A couple of hail-Mary maneuvers and a lucky coincidence come to the rescue. But it’s clear that Gang Related already has dipped deep into a well that only holds so much water.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Gang Related is a dense serial about loyalty and betrayal, but without enough redeeming qualities to offset its high quotient of ugliness and mayhem.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    It features gunfire, bad dialogue, more gunfire and me wondering why Terry O’Quinn keeps signing on to losers like this after winning an Emmy for his work on “Lost.”

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    In Fox’s instantly awful Gang Related, it’s pretty clear right away that you’re dealing with a pile of clichés that, pushed together and financed, can never be more than dreadful.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review