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The Donnellys are four young, working-class Irish brothers involved in New York City's organized crime. Detectives investigate Joey Ice Cream, a life-long friend of the Donnellys who introduces the four brothers, setting the scene for the series.

Kevin Donnelly feels that he's on a hot streak, but when his gambling begins to add up, the eldest Donnelly brother, Jimmy, is forced to kidnap the bookie that Kevin owes money to. When the news of the kidnapping spreads around the neighborhood, connecting the Donnellys to the incident, the youngest brother, Sean, pays the price for having the Donnelly name. Meanwhile, Tommy Donnelly, the most reliable of the brothers, has to sacrifice for his family when Jimmy's plan lands Sean in the hospital.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday February 26th, 2007


Alternate Airdates:

Turkey Jul 09, 2007
DE (Sat. 1) Sep 05, 2007
UK (itv2) Sep 27, 2007
NL (RTL 7) Apr 03, 2009

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Guest Stars
Allan SteeleAllan Steele
As Detective Collero
Recurring
Chris BauerChris Bauer
As Huey Farrell
Recurring
Jimmy WalshJimmy Walsh
As Jimmy Donnelly (Age 11)
Recurring
Lauren BittnerLauren Bittner
As Mary Ann Maxwell
Recurring
Ned EisenbergNed Eisenberg
As Detective Frankie Stein
Recurring
Audrie J. NeenanAudrie J. Neenan
As Gertie (as Audrie Neenan)
Daniel MancheDaniel Manche
As Kid in Madras Shirt
David C. Roehm, Sr.David C. Roehm, Sr.
As Gurney Patient
Dylan HartiganDylan Hartigan
As Young Joey
Elizabeth GilliesElizabeth Gillies
As Jenny (Age 9)
Frank PageFrank Page
As Richie
Glenn TarantoGlenn Taranto
As Counter Guy
Greg DGreg D'Agostino
As Italian Maffia Muscle Soldier
Jay SpadaroJay Spadaro
As Michael Hogan
John CenatiempoJohn Cenatiempo
As Italian Soldier #2
Joseph DJoseph D'Onofrio
As Louie Downtown
Jude MorescoJude Moresco
As Another Guy
Kathleen DoyleKathleen Doyle
As Helen Donnelly
Lance Michael SchaeferLance Michael Schaefer
As Sean (Age 7)
Lenny VenitoLenny Venito
As Benny Cool
Mark MargolisMark Margolis
As Sal Minetta
Max MinerMax Miner
As Tommy (Age 9)
Paul CalderonPaul Calderon
As Detective
Richard PetrocelliRichard Petrocelli
As Italian Soldier #1
Sean CorySean Cory
As Store Owner
Sonny MarinelliSonny Marinelli
As Detective Sunny
T.J. StantonT.J. Stanton
As Kevin (Age 8)
Episode Notes
This episode was released by Netflix for early viewing prior to its premiere on NBC.

Paul Haggis originally wrote this pilot episode in 1997 after his series EZ Streets was canceled after 9 episodes.

Ratings: 7.93 million viewers



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AndainBeautiful Things 
Carlos SantanaSmooth 
EminemLose Yourself 
Imogen HeapThe Moment I Said It 
JetAre You Gonna Be My Girl? 
Snow PatrolOpen Your Eyes 


Episode Quotes
Tommy: Where you going?
Kevin: Wherever you are.

Kevin: Me and Jimmy went downtown with goodness in our hearts to work out a deal. But Louis starts threatening me. I mean, what was I supposed to do?
Tommy: Kevin, everybody knows who did this. You kidnap somebody, they're not supposed to know who you are.
Kevin: Tommy, you think we're stupid. We wore masks.
Tommy: You went down there with goodness in your hearts but you wore masks?

Jimmy: Hey, no banging on the machines!
Joey: What? It took my money!
Jimmy: It's supposed to take your money!



Cultural References
The Black Donnellys

The series title is named after an Irish family that lived in Ontario, Canada during the mid 1900s. The Donnelly family was brutally murdered and house was set on fire after they were caught in a deadly feud between the Catholics and Protestants.



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