Southie Rules: TV Review

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This A&E Docu-series about South Boston goes heavy on MTV-style caricature.

A&E’s new docu-series Southie Rules, about a South Boston clan looking to preserve their way of life, is the latest in a long list of niche-neighborhood shows that run the gambit from documentary-approach appreciation to uncomfortable exploitation. On that latter end, one reason (of many) a series like MTV’sBuckwild is so unfortunate is because the cast doesn’t seem in on the joke. But the cast of Southie Rules, who have some shades of the Jersey Shore, seem very self-aware.

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