TV Show
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Running Time: 
901 mins

If nothing else Boss demonstrates that Kelsey Grammer has dramatic acting chops to go along with his excellent (and better known) comedic talents. Fortunately for everyone involved, Boss is much more than a proving ground for Grammer's abilities. It succeeds as a political drama and, as a result, an examination of corruption and power in the rule and reign of Mayor Tom Kane (Grammer). Using Chicago and Kane's mayorship as the backdrop, Boss operates on a scale and scope that is reminiscent of Shakespearean tragedy. The stories being told here are engaging and, at times, infuriating. It's engrossing to watch Kane pull the strings of government, even as he himself is dealing with an inoperable and potentially agressive brain disease. For all that he possesses, he is grasping at straws as his body begins to slip away from him.