Watch Mayans MC
- 5 Seasons
Mayans MC is a gritty, dramatic TV series that builds on the world established in its predecessor, Sons of Anarchy, but boasts its unique storyline and characters sure to grip its audience. The show, which premiered on FX in 2018, is created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, two relentlessly creative minds behind some of the best crime-centric dramas on TV. The series takes place on the US-Mexican border and revolves around the eponymous Mayans Motorcycle Club, a mostly Latino gang that operates in California. The club's members live and work on both sides of the border and navigate the complex world of organized crime, violence, and law enforcement. Focusing on the drama surrounding the club's leadership, the show's narrative is dense and layered, building on the relationships between the characters while exploring the tensions that exist within the organization. At the heart of the story is EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a former college student and now a fresh prospect in the Mayans. EZ is a fascinating character, complicated by his intelligence and the guilt he feels over a tragic past. Throughout the series, EZ wrestles with reconciling his past as a straight-laced academic student he would ultimately come to betray with working with an organization he felt did a service to the community and the people he cared about. JD Pardo's performance is brilliant and emotionally charged, bringing a sense of humanity to the violence and chaos that define the Mayan MC world. Other key characters in the show include Angel (Clayton Cardenas), the club's sergeant-at-arms and EZ's older brother, and Bishop (Michael Irby), the club's president. Angel is the more likable, gentle brother and EZ's mentor in the club. On the other hand, Bishop is unapologetically ambitious and ruthless, using EZ as a pawn in his bigger plans for the Mayans. The show's supporting cast is equally impressive, including Sarah Bolger's Emily and Edward James Olmos who plays a former member of the club's ruling trio. Furthermore, the show includes great performances from Frankie Loyal, Carla Baratta, and Richard Cabral as potential allies and double-crossers within the Mayan MC world. Mayans MC boasts great storytelling with exciting twists, cutthroat characters, and realistic, if sometimes graphic, depictions of drug dealing, prostitution, and turf wars. The show also uses symbolism and references to explore larger themes of cultural identity, brotherhood, and loyalty, deepening its message beyond standard action fare. The show's production values and direction are excellent, with stunning cinematography that captures the unique landscape of the US-Mexican border as well as the breathtaking action. Characters are portrayed in an authentic fashion, and the motorcycle club lifestyle is realistically portrayed, making it easy to suspend disbelief and be fully immersed in the narrative. On top of its inherent compelling narrative, Mayans MC is also a show that gives a voice to characters seldom seen on television, putting the Latin American community in a leading role in a crime drama. The show touches on complicated issues, such as immigration and economic inequality, through its characters and rich subplots. In conclusion, Mayans MC is fast-paced and engaging, at times extremely violent, but always gripping. Its exploration of the Mayans Motorcycle Club and the cultural complexities of life near the US-Mexican border are both intriguing and educational, all while offering viewers a raucous, high-energy experience. With a group of complex, captivating characters, the show puts a fresh spin on the crime drama format, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre.