The tagline for the new Netflix original series is, “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.” Well, as my video review above says, the debut of Bloodline tomorrow on the streaming service is far from bad – in fact, it’s good and well worth watching. While the pacing of the 13-episode first season might seem a little measured, it’s actually perfectly binge-worthy with a payoff worth savoring.
Bloodline comes from Damages creators Daniel Zelman and brothers Todd A. Kessler and Glenn Kessler, and if you are a fan of that fine show, you’ll like this one. But don’t expect them to be too much alike — they have a very different vibe. Similar to how Damages had heavyweights such as Glenn Close and William Hurt, the Sony Pictures Television-produced Bloodline has a very strong cast topped by Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard as the head of the troubled Rayburn family. Chloe Sevigny, Norbert Leo Butz and Linda Cardellini are on board too. The series about the family and the oceanside inn they’ve run for years also features the return to series TV of Friday Night Lights alum Kyle Chandler plus a standout performance by Ben Mendelsohn, who most recently appeared in Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds. Oh, yeah – and nothing and nobody is what they appear to be under the hot sun of our third-most populous state.
Take a look at my Bloodline review and tell us what you think. Will you be taking a trip with Netflix to the Florida Keys this weekend?
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