How to Become a Mob Boss (2023) Season 1 Review

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Land Your Dream Job
Build A Better Operation
Dominate Through Terror
Don’t Go Rogue
Play the Long Game

 

How To Become A Mob Boss is the latest in an increasing line of tongue-in-cheek documentaries on Netflix about criminal underworlds and cult followings. This time though, the attention turns to mobs and, more specifically, mob bosses.

Split across six episodes, this satirical docu-series presents a how-to guide for becoming a top mob boss, while simultaneously shedding light over the rise and fall of various mob bosses over the years. From Al Capone and John Gotti, to the notorious Pablo Escobar, some of the biggest names in the industry are explored.

Much like the previous iterations of this show, the details are relatively light and breezy, and you’re not going to get an in-depth look at these individuals here. Instead, the stories play out more like an animated wiki entry; there’s lots of good animations, blended with archival footage and solid narration, but the actual details are rather light by comparison.

At its worst, some of the details are just outright incorrect. At one point, we’re told that Capone died in prison, when in reality he died at his Florida estate after being released from prison 2 years earlier. This is just one example, but you get the idea.

Aesthetically though, Mob Boss looks great and if you’ve seen the previous iterations of these on Netflix, all the same hallmarks for this series are in place here. You’ve got your “rulebook” that opens with various tactics and rules to break the 30 minute episodes up. The animated re-enactments are here too. And there’s plenty of shots from the past of these men at the height of their power.

Mob Boss certainly isn’t a bad show though and there’s plenty to whet the appetite. It’s just a pity then that when it comes to a narrative and the details, this one is lacking and somewhat unpolished. With a bit more fact-checking and depth (the latter being somewhat missing in the other entries too) this could have been a runaway success. However, it’s still an enjoyable watch all the same.


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