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'HU$TLE' On AMC - The Review

AMC invites you to meet the pros of con every Saturday night!

The smart and stylish new AMC original series 'HUSTLE' launched an 18-episode run this past January 14th (10 PM ET/PT), and featured a crew of slick con artists that are so calm, cool and hip, viewers will forget that they are rooting for the bad guys.

Reminiscent of good 1960s crime yarns, 'HUSTLE' has Robert Vaughn ('The Man From U.N.C.L.E') at the helm of the talented cast that also features Adrian Lester ('Spiderman 3'), Marc Warren ('Green Street'), Robert Glenister ('Victoria Station') and Jaime Murray ('Animal').

Set in London, this fast-paced weekly one-hour series follows the exploits of a polished crew of grifters who prey on greedy, morally corrupt “marks.” As the first episode in the series unfolded, and as the first con of the series is opened up before us, the "artists" are smiling; are in a good frame of mind; are about to be very rich!

Aside from anything else, this new AMC (but borrowed from the UKs' beloved BBC) TV series is seriously cool and quite possibly even a little bit hip in its portrayed mannerisims. And sure there are a few 'plot holes' and 'improbabilities' scattered throughout, even this early in, but they truly seem less gaping and bothersome when they are not so impossibly convoluted into explosive storylines that require too much attention to detail.

And if there is a better explanatory line than this to explain what these "artists" do on a weekly basis, then I have yet to hear it: "We're not crooks," declares Mickey "Bricks" Stone (Adrian Lester). "We're miners — we mine people's greed." Brilliant! F**kin' priceless!

And high praise should indeed go to series creator Tony Jordan (famed for his writing on the popular Brit-soap 'EastEnders'), whose smart ideas - along with the slick writing of people such as Matthew Graham, Howard Overman and Julie Rutterford - are solidly (thus far) shining brightly on the tree of success.