Young Lions

Season 1
 (39)
2002X-RayTV-14
Australian police show about two male and two female detective senior constables who solve crimes and deal with personal issues.
Starring
Alex DimitriadesAlexandra DaviesTom Long
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    July 16 2002
    1 h 24 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Our Young Lions are still idealistic, even heroic. There is nothing cynical about them. They want their lives to mean something: they want to make a difference. That's why Donna Parry's headed for the big smoke. But her first day as a city cop is more than she'd counted on when the police station is rocked to its foundations by a convicted cop-killer determined to exact his own vengeance.
  2. 2. Mardi Gras
    July 23 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido Martin is forced to deal with his mutually exclusive and mutually intense yearnings: for his job, and the woman he loves.
  3. 3. Lick Me Baby
    July 30 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cameron's new lover accuses her partner, Guido Martin, of stealing money while he's working undercover. The lover has first-hand experience - he's a hitman.
  4. 4. Boy School Bullies
    August 6 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna Parry's sunny spirit is challenged as she deals with elitism and prejudice.
  5. 5. Fruit Market Underworld
    August 13 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido's undercover past threatens his job at South West police station.
  6. 6. Asylum Seekers
    August 20 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Politics become personal and passionate for Eddie, Donna and Madeleine as they investigate a riot at a Sydney detention centre and the escape of a teenage refugee.
  7. 7. Nursing Home
    September 17 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The report of a suspicious death at a nursing home brings Eddie back into contact with a former neighbour who helped him after the death of his father. Cameron must also confront her past when her former best friend asks her for help to keep her arrest for shoplifting quiet in hopes of preventing her fiancé (Cameron's ex-boyfriend of three years) from finding out.
  8. 8. The City and the Taxi Driver
    September 17 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The detectives spend a night on the streets against a backdrop of simmering tensions, while Cameron plumbs the depths of her own soul to connect with a killer.
  9. 9. Kickboxer Kills Rapist
    September 24 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna confronts another reality of being a woman in the city when she defends a woman who is charged with murder after she kills a rapist.
  10. 10. Arson Case
    October 1 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A reporter's interest in a fatal hostel arson case in which an alleged police cover-up sent the wrong man to prison prompts Kostas to put the Eddie and Donna on the reopened case. When Guido learns the target of their investigation he is forced to confront the truth about his legendary detective father and the role he played in the conviction.
  11. 11. The Priest
    October 8 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Eddie's faith and his friendship with Father Paul Moran are tested when Irena's sister goes missing and foul play is suspected.
  12. 12. China Town
    October 15 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cameron is torn between Guido and his father, Senior Detective Bill Martin, and she soon finds her integrity and a boy's life are on the line.
  13. 13. Kickboxer on Trial
    November 5 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cameron is torn between Guido and his father, Senior Detective Bill Martin, and she soon finds her integrity and a boy's life are in the line.
  14. 14. The Navy 1
    November 12 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido's Naval Captain brother, the favoured older son, returns home a hero, and tensions between the brothers surface as a female naval officer is found murdered.
  15. 15. The Navy 2
    November 19 2002
    45min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido and Cameron each face a personal crisis-and their friendship is tested-as Guido's father and brother come under suspicion.
  16. 16. Lone Start Blues
    November 26 2002
    43min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Eddie's integrity is tested as the father of Irene's son is released from prison. Eddie wants to reunite the boy with his father-but could lose Irene.
  17. 17. Drag Racing
    December 4 2002
    42min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna loves the police force and Crime Scene Examiner, Justin Carmody. Her feelings for both are tested as she investigates a fatal car smash involving police.
  18. 18. Grand Prix
    December 11 2002
    44min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cameron feels that a girl found dead in a hotel penthouse is treated like party debris both by the elite partygoers and some investigators. Paul Bergin asks Guido's father for help to bring down a Chinese gang boss.
  19. 19. Bill's Death
    December 11 2002
    43min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido's friends rally to his side as his father faces a terminal illness-and a murder charge.
  20. 20. Serial Killer 1
    December 17 2002
    41min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Guido and The investigation into the suicide of an Olympic swimming hopeful escalates when those around the investigation begin to be killed off. Cameron deal with an armed robbery involved the son of a prominent QC.
  21. 21. Serial Killer 2
    December 17 2002
    49min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With Irena's condition uncertain, the search for the serial killer continues. Guido is forced to make a decision about his future with Sophie when Kostas gives him an ultimatum. Donna life is put on the line when she becomes involved in a hostage situation.

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Directors
Jessica HobbsIan BarryMichael JenkinsRobert KlennerGeoff BennettAna KokkinosRussell Mulcahy
Supporting actors
Anna Lise PhillipsKatherine SlatteryPenny CookAmie MckennaSocratis OttoAnna TorvJohn WatersMaya StangeJackson Purtan-SmithGeorge Anakotta
Season year
2002
Network
Southern Star Entertainment
Content advisory
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3.4 out of 5 stars

39 global ratings

  1. 35% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 16% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 16% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 16% of reviews have 1 stars
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Seattle shopperReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
Plots were incredibly hard to follow.....all over the place and absolutely far fetched. The introduction of two new partners (Who used to be Internal Affairs Officers) was a set up for constant bickering and fighting. By episode 2 we couldn't even figure out who was being investigated and why? Usually these Aussie series are first rate.....but if you enjoy watching young, beautiful characters talk to themselves and pretend they are seasoned veterans then you might like this (if you ever figure out what is going on).
16 people found this helpful
C. GrayReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent acting albeit very annoying music
Young Lions is not as believable as Water Rats or Rush, but it's quite watchable. The actors do a great job and the scripts aren't bad. The score on the other hand, is extremely intrusive and obnoxious. There were many episodes where I wished I could eliminate the music completely to concentrate on the dialogue and the action. One of the worst scores I have ever encountered in film.
14 people found this helpful
LDReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disjointed, maudlin and difficult to hear
There are plenty of better Australian police shows out there.

The biggest problem with the series is that it isn't quite sure what it wants to be. Is it a gritty crime show, a slice-of-life ensemble police story, a police action/thriller, or semi-soap opera taking place in a police station? It's meant to be an ensemble piece, I think, but starts off by focusing on two of the characters, making it look like they're the two leads but then it shoehorns in two more in the second episode. The new characters start off as antagonists that would obviously go away once the plot point was resolved, but ultimately get forced to join the local precinct. It was probably intended to bring in the full cast slowly to build up the group, but it felt more like the writers realized the first two characters didn't have any chemistry so new characters got being jammed in.

Donna, the first character, starts off as a kick-butt/foolhardy rural cop but quickly devolves into a bland non-entity once she goes to the big city and gets a male partner. Mercia, the partner, quickly gets all the focus. He's a royal mess because he's several tropes stuck together - the hot headed cop who's bleakly introspective with a dying former partner and a lawyer love interest whose cases just happen to be connected to him and is a lapsed Catholic(?) who's shaken so badly he rediscovers his religious roots. I'm shocked he wasn't avenging the death of someone close to him that was two days from retirement, on top of it all. The two new characters are a smug team of Internal Affairs detectives who somehow get re-assigned to the station they just investigated and arrested two crooked cops. After all, how could that ever go wrong? (Is it even possible for IA to get assigned back to regular duty without warning, let alone at the request of the commander whose men were just arrested and jailed for blackmail and rape?)

In addition, the sound is seriously out of whack. The music levels are way too high, especially when the characters are talking, so I can either use close captioning, turn the volume up to hear the actors so that my ears are bleeding, or keep the volume at a normal level and miss at least half the dialog. Considering the writing, missing the dialog isn't that so bad an option.
7 people found this helpful
Linda WordenReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the Aussi accents.
Some nudity and violent scenes but nowhere close to the trash in American crime series. Know why? It is because the episodes are good enough to stand on their own.

On a sad note Tom Long who played Guido Martin passed away in 2020 at 51 years of age.
8 people found this helpful
Gary OwenReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Some flaws but an enjoyable show.
Several episodes have very obtuse plots and the hand held camera and constant zooming in and out is annoying and so 90's. But the characters are good and most of the stories are fun variations on frequent cop show themes. Maybe I am a sucker for all things Australian, or maybe running out of good action crime suspense mysteries on Amazon and Netflix but it is an overall very enjoyable distraction from reality and the pandemic.
7 people found this helpful
Jeannie AndersonReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked this show
I wasn't sure about this show at first, but I like the actors Alexandra Davies and John Waters. I'm glad I stuck with it. I like the backstories of each character and following their growth through the series. There were a few scenes where it did get a bit slow, but that's to be expected with police detective series.
6 people found this helpful
Carole BeasleyReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
All over the place I think not
I guess A lot of you are not used to reading books. Reading books they go all over the place one chapters 1 to find one chapter of the other if you’re having trouble following the shower why don’t you use close caption I have actually happen to like the show very much I watched all of it I would like to see them do it again
4 people found this helpful
BobWReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Camera work disconcerting, sound issues at times, so-so plots
The first story and the part of the second I watched were a bit jumping around in plot, but not too bad. The sound had some issues at times, I had to listen much too hard at times to understand through background noise or super-fast dialect of some of the street kids. But the thing that really made me stop watching was the camera work. The focus jumps around ALL the time, bouncing from head to head, super-closeups, and during any kind of action its bouncing up and down like the cameraman never heard of gimbals and stabilizers. I don't get motion sick, but to me it was not good, and just plain felt like amateur hour.
4 people found this helpful
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