Coming to REELZ January 28 at 10 p.m. (et/pt) comes a family with an unusual history all their own when it comes to THE CAPONES.

This series tells the story of the Capone family, that’s right, as in the original gangster of Chicago! The spirit of Capone has lived on but in a slightly different business. Now the family owns Capone’s Restaurant & Pizzeria.

Uncle Lou Fratto gives the family history and loves telling the stories about the streets of Cicero. Also, Uncle Lou was part of a singing group in his younger days and still likes to serenade the family. His driver Jeff gets to hear the history but also keeps Lou out of trouble.

Dominic Capone own the family restaurant. He has a love of guns and Stacey his girlfriend. Constantly being pulled between what he wants to do, what his mother wants him to do and what will keep Stacey happy – just being Dom is a full time job.

Dawn Capone is Dominic’s mother. She works at the restaurant making sure things get done when Dominic isn’t around. There is one thing that irritates Dawn more than Dominic not being at the pizzeria and that’s Stacey. These two women go head to head constantly.

Bart who is in and out of jail but makes time for the ladies. Carmine is always enjoying a good calzone and keeping an eye on Dominic. Madelene is family friend who spends more time in prison than parties they give to welcome her home.

FINAL WORD: These are some crazy people with serious issues – and a large part of it is hilarious to watch. I thought I was a rough mother-in-law; Dawn makes me look like a sweet old grandma! The issues with Stacey are going to get more and more interesting as the season progresses. It’s not easy when a Dominic is put in the middle so let’s see how the Capone’s handle it.

Madelene is a hot mess and seriously funny. Being a family friend of the Capone’s it is easy to see that it’s a long time friendship, which is why they put up with her antics.

I just love Uncle Lou and his stories. He sees the madness in the family but something tells me he wouldn’t have it any other way. He compares the past to the present and anytime he says, “no way that would happen in the old day” you realize that a serious statement.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE CAPONES three tubs of popcorn out of five. There is so much going on here its hard to keep up and thank heaven they aren’t the Jones’. Instead it’s a family with dysfunction that most people have but being a Capone just gives it more juice.

The family has no problem speaking their mind, chest bumping, getting in someone’s face and admitting they care about one another – and sometimes that happens all at the same time.

In the end – the drama is always spicier than the pepperoni!



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