TV Reviews

TV Review – Bloodline (Netflix)


Bloodline (Netflix)

Starring:  Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard

If you have not yet watched Bloodline on Netflix, I would HIGHLY recommend that you watch it, and soon.

Bloodline is the story of the Rayburn family, a well-to-do family from the Florida Keys who run an inn on the ocean (the scenery is absolutely stunning).  The parents, Sally and Robert (played by Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard), run the Rayburn Inn, a picturesque place in the Florida Keys.  Three of their children live in the area – John (played by Kyle Chandler) is a sheriff, who is married with two children; Kevin (played by Norbert Leo Butz), a marina owner, is a hot-tempered alcoholic who is estranged from his wife Belle; and Megan (played by Linda Cardellini), the youngest; Meg is an attorney and has been in a long-term relationship with John’s partner, Marco.

Robert and Sally are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, and their oldest child, Danny (played stunningly by Ben Mendelsohn) comes home for the occasion.  Danny is the “black sheep” of the family.  The tension between Danny and his siblings is apparent as soon as Danny shows up.  You can tell by looking at Danny that he’s had a rough life.  That he drinks a lot and has done drugs.  That doesn’t even crack the surface of the problems that befall Danny Rayburn.

I will admit, the show was a little slow to start.  There are 13 episodes in the first season, each ranging from 50-60 minutes in length.  There were some points where it was a little dull, but by episode 7, the show caught its groove.  At that point, the real Danny came out, and it was quite a show.

Ben Mendelsohn was nominated for an Emmy for his performance, as was Kyle Chandler.  It’s a real shame Mendelsohn didn’t win, because he was amazing on this show.  Kept you guessing the whole time.  I won’t give any spoilers, but there a few “jaw-dropping” moments in this series.

Please, do yourself a favor and watch this show.  You won’t regret it.

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