Remembering ‘BOSS’: The Chicago-based TV Show that Masterfully Depicted Power Struggles and City Politics.

For fans of political drama series, “Boss” is a must-watch TV show that aired on Starz from 2011 to 2012. Created by Farhad Safinia, the show explores the world of politics through the eyes of the fictional mayor of Chicago, Tom Kane, played by Kelsey Grammer. With its complex characters, intriguing plotlines, and excellent performances, “Boss” should’ve had a longer run in my opinion.

The Plot

The series follows Tom Kane, a powerful and ruthless politician who will do whatever it takes to maintain his grip on power. However, he is diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease that threatens to derail his career as well as his personal life. Over the course of the series, Kane must navigate the dangerous waters of Chicago politics, while also battling his own health issues and personal demons.

The Characters

One of the strengths of “Boss” is its well-developed characters, each with their own motivations and flaws. Kelsey Grammer gives a standout performance as Tom Kane, a character who is both charismatic and terrifying. The supporting cast is equally strong, with actors like Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, and Jeff Hephner delivering nuanced performances. Even minor characters, such as political aides and reporters, are given attention and development, making the world of “Boss” feel lived-in, believable and authentic.

The Production

From the writing to the acting to the production design, “Boss” is a top-notch TV series. The show has a gritty, realistic feel that is perfectly suited to its political setting. The attention to detail in the production design, such as the realistic depiction of Chicago’s streets and landmarks, adds to the authenticity of the show. The performances by the cast, particularly Kelsey Grammer, are captivating and powerful.

For some reason the show failed to be a ratings darling and didn’t exactly pull the viewers in. With a show as rich and interesting as it was its baffling to me that it wasn’t more popular. This what the showrunner had to say about the show’s cancelation:

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with [a third season of] Boss,” Starz said in a statement Tuesday. “We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, [creator] Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV.” 

I appreciated the two years I had with the show and was hopeful it would push forward, but that wasn’t to be. Every time I get nostalgic I stream the episodes on STARZ. Although I’ll never get a new episode, I’ll always cherish the old ones.

Overall, “Boss” is a TV series that is not to be missed. Its intricate plotlines, well-developed characters, and expertly executed production make it one of the best political drama series on TV. Whether you’re a fan of political drama or simply looking for a new show to binge-watch, “Boss” is definitely worth your time.

Thank you for reading,



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