The Problem with Brooklyn 11223

I am ashamed to say I was sucked into watching a new Oxygen show called Brooklyn 11223. Yes, I’ve recently discovered that despite only getting the basic channels, I can watch lots of things On Demand. Usually I use this for good — like watching Mad Men, or an entire season of The Killing in two days in order to be caught up for the season premiere. But once in a while I end up wasting an hour of my life on something like Brooklyn 11223, which is basically a combination of The Hills, Jersey Shore, and Mob Wives.

Basically, the show revolves around two groups of friends. On one side there is Christie and her “crew” and on the other is Joey Lynn and her “crew.” Christie and Joey Lynn used to be friends, but Christie now thinks Joey Lynn slept with her boyfriend. Joey Lynn denies this. So basically they just yell at each other, and the phrase, “I’m 100% Italian…I will knock you out” is uttered multiple  times during the first show.

The thing about the show is that every few minutes you get a glimpse into a completely different, and more interesting side of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. For instance, there are a couple of brothers who inherited an auto glass shop from their father. The father was in jail from 1988-1990 and when he got out he started managing the shop for the Gottis — and eventually bought it. Joey Lynn’s father was murdered thanks to some mob ties.

It’s obvious that life in Bay Ridge is interesting… but the producers of Brooklyn 11223 have opted to show us the boring, inconsequential yammering of a bunch of girls with nothing better to do than hate each other. And as it turns out, Joey Lynn — basically the show’s “villain” — is the one girl with any interest in leaving Bay Ridge. Frankly, I’ll tune in now and then just to see if poor Joey Lynn does manage to get out and away from the girls who give her the evil eye on the beach.

One thing I’m pretty sure of, though, is that despite the girls constant warnings that they will “knock you out” they will almost certainly never actually knock anyone out.


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