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Relu is a family man. He has two children, a wife and a double life. Seen through the eyes of his family, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver. No one suspects that Relu works... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Serban Pavlu ...  Relu / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Maria Obretin Maria Obretin ...  Gina / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Andreea Vasile ...  Nico / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2017
Madalina Craiu Madalina Craiu ...  Magda / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2017
Gabriel Huian Gabriel Huian ...  Teddy / ... 13 episodes, 2014-2017
Sergiu Costache ...  Sabin / ... 12 episodes, 2014-2017
Doru Ana Doru Ana ...  Capitanu' / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2017
Dan Hurduc Dan Hurduc ...  Chuckie / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2017
Stefan Velniciuc Stefan Velniciuc ...  Nea Puiu' / ... 8 episodes, 2014-2015
Sorin Cocis Sorin Cocis ...  Tãnase / ... 8 episodes, 2014-2017
Dorel Visan ...  Toma / ... 7 episodes, 2014-2017


Relu is a family man. He has two children, a wife and a double life. Seen through the eyes of his family, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver. No one suspects that Relu works as a collector for Capitanu', a local mobster. Neither of the two worlds (his family and the mafia) knows of the other's existence. Relu manages to keep everything under control, but not for long. After accidentally killing a man, he tries to get out of the underworld, but he can't find his way back. Day by day, the secrets he keeps become increasingly oppressive and the lies begin to surface, one by one.

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Family or famiglia


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

28 December 2014 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Az árnyak See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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HBO Europe,Multimedia Est See more »
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It is the first HBO Europe original series to be aired in the United States. See more »


Remake of Small Time Gangster (2011) See more »

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A definitely must watch for Romanian TV show enthusiasts
23 February 2015 | by mariusflorea7777See all my reviews

It was about time that a show like this appeared on our TV screens and I believe that everyone working at it did an amazing job captivating audience and keeping them on the edge of their seats for the next season.

The main character is Relu, a money collector working for a local mobster. He is played successfully by a very good actor, Șerban Pavlu, who had to do a significant transformation for the role including gaining some muscle. At first I didn't trust his capability to play such a role because it was very different than every other before but he managed to surprise me pleasantly with his performance. The rest of the characters do a great job introducing us in the atmosphere of crime life in Romania, which, I might add, is very different to the point where it cannot be compared with the one in America.

The harsh language is present in foreign films too but we just got used to it and see it as being normal. There's no reason to be offended by curse words present in this show and change the channel when the plot is so expertly written and the funny dialogues melt so with the dramatic scenes creating maybe the best TV series in Romania at the moment.

The inspiration from Asian action films is clear. The fighting is often done with unconventional weapons such as a hat-stand or some car keys, this spontaneity of the characters in their actions adding more realism to the story. You won't see clichés such as big guns or explosions but you will still be entertained, I assure you.

In the end, I would like to add that the season finale was fantastic and I am sure that the seasons that will come will attract even more fans. It is definitely a show worth watching and I would recommend it to everyone who is willing to forget about the abundance soap operas in our country and try to appreciate a different kind of show, a more professionally made and more original one.

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