The Mayor of Kingstown

The Mayor of Kingstown tv show

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Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

The McLusky family runs Kingstown, Michigan. But it’s no easy job. 

Kingstown isn’t known for its restaurants, coffee shops or tourism. No, this depressed, bleak city is in the business of incarceration. Seven prisons are located within a ten-mile radius, and within those walls twenty thousand lost souls exist without much hope. 

But that’s where the McLusky family comes in. Their job is to act as a link between the people on the outside and those behind bars, keeping the peace by bending the law. 

The matriarch, Miriam, is a keen, profane professor at one of the women’s prisons while her sons run the day-to-day operations in the town. Her eldest, Mitch, is the current mayor, having learned all his slick, people-pleasing ways from his now deceased father. Mike is his political, hard-around-the-edges sidekick who helps to enforce whatever law makes the most sense that day. And Kyle, the youngest brother, is a cop who is a more than familiar participant in corruption. 

Together, the McLusky’s have a smooth, flawed system that keeps both the skilled and budding criminals in check. If a powerful criminal needs his drugs pushed while he’s serving time, the McLuskys will see them pushed. If a well-connected prisoner needs someone to learn a lesson while in prison, done. The point is to make sure that the evil that spurts from this town flows in what the McLuskys consider the right direction. 

And it does. Until Mitch is violently killed. 

Now, Mike and his family are forced to figure out how they’re going to keep things afloat. Mike wants nothing to do with Kingstown, but whether he likes it or not, he’s about to become the keeper of the rats, both outside and inside the cage. 

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The Mayor of Kingstown, on Paramount+, is rated TV-MA and boasts an incredible cast. And although the acting may be compelling, the morals of this storyline are as twisted and hopeless as you might imagine. 

Each member of the McLusky family justifies his or her violence, corruption and law-bending by assuring themselves that this is the only way to keep the peace in a town that is slowly disintegrating into utter chaos. They do this by utilizing the help of police officers, prison guards, family members and even inmates. And with this comes a ton of issues that you’ll want to know before you stream this with your family. 

Strip clubs are featured in the very first episode, including women who walk around completely topless. Sexual activity is present, although not yet too explicit (but I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time). The selling and consumption of drugs are discussed at length, alcohol is consumed, profanity is heavy and violence reigns king in this mob-like series that’s crafted to shock.

Episode Reviews

Nov. 14, 2021: “The Mayor of Kingstown”

Mike and his brother Mitch, the mayor of Kingstown, try to keep the peace as violence grows within the community and the prison systems. 

A prisoner threatens to blackmail a corrupt prison guard. The two get into an intense fistfight, and blood pours from both men’s mouths. Eventually, more guards come to the rescue and begin beating the prisoner with batons; the prisoner is hospitalized and put on life support. A few men discuss the growing violence at nearby prisons. A man is shot in the back of the head and blood splatters onto a nearby wall. A criminal is shot and killed. Mike McLusky slams a man’s head into a table and threatens to kill him. 

A criminal stalks a stripper, follows her home and breaks into her house. When she refuses to have sex with him, he rapes her and strangles her. (We only hear of these things and later see her dead body in the next room.) 

A stripper gives a man an extremely sensual lap dance at a strip club. Women walk around in thongs and completely topless as men pay them for their dancing. We see a woman completely naked from behind as she changes her clothes.

A teen goes to prison for making methamphetamine. A few men smoke cigarettes, consume beer and hard liquor and gamble. Multiple people are sent to prison for drug dealing. 

Jesus’ name is misused once. The f-word is heard more than 50 times and the s-word is used nearly 10 times. Other profanity includes multiple utterances each of “b–ch,” “a–,” “b–tards” and “d–n.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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