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Thieves is a crime-action drama television series that aired on ABC from September 2001 to October 2001. The show's premise revolves around a team of five professional thieves who work together to execute grand heists while avoiding law enforcement and rival criminals. John Stamos stars as Johnny, the mastermind behind the heists, Melissa George plays Rita, a seductive thief who charms her way into targets' lives, and Robert Knepper portrays Joe, the muscle of the group.
The show was not well-received by audiences and critics alike, and was canceled after only 10 of the ordered 13 episodes were aired. Despite its short-lived run, Thieves had an impressive ensemble cast and a promising concept. Its episodic format allowed for creative and complex heist scenarios, while the overarching storyline explored themes of loyalty, betrayal, and trust among the group of unlikely criminals.
Johnny's team comprises of Dutch (Steve Harris), a skilled hacker who can circumvent any security system; Jack (Ernest Waddell), a young street-smart thief who steals cars and provides transportation for the group; and series newcomer Lola (Sonia Braga), an experienced thief who joins the team in their first episode.
Thieves' format blends both comedy and drama elements as the group's heists usually involve elaborate schemes with comedic moments arising from unexpected developments in the action. The series also explores character dynamics and relationships within the group, particularly between Johnny and Rita, who have a romantic history and continue to have an on-and-off relationship.
The show's first episode, titled "The Lindman Heist," sets the tone for the series as the group attempts to steal a set of valuable diamonds from a wealthy businessman's antique store. The team's plan is complicated by the arrival of a rival gang led by Ronnie (Michael Jai White). The heist scenes are interspersed with flashbacks to the formation of the group and the rocky relationship between Johnny and Rita.
Although Thieves had an interesting premise, the show faced tough competition from acclaimed shows such as Alias and 24 at the time of its release. Its low ratings resulted in its cancellation after only 10 episodes. The remaining 3 episodes were released on DVD as part of the complete series set.
In conclusion, Thieves was a decent but short-lived television series that had a promising premise with creative heist scenarios and an impressive ensemble cast. The show's combination of drama, comedy, and action made it an entertaining watch, but its lack of viewership led to its cancellation after only 10 episodes. Despite its cancellation, Thieves remains a notable entry in the crime-action genre with a creative premise and interesting characters.
Thieves is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on July 21, 2016.