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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

Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis

Alternate Airdates:

Turkey Jul 09, 2007
Germany Sep 05, 2007
UK (itv2) Sep 27, 2007

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



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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