One of the great things about these all-inclusive streaming TV channels like Tubi and Pluto and whatnot is that they have a ton of content from various places, and if you simply search around on the channel, you’ll find something worth watching.
And boy oh boy did I find something worth watching.
For this, you have to go to the FreeVee channel.
FreeVee is an ad-sponsored free station from Amazon Video, and they’ve got hundreds of movies and TV shows ripe for viewing. And one of them is an Australian miniseries called Underbelly.
Underbelly is a miniseries that recreates one of the most violent crimes in Australia’s history – the Melbourne gang wars of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. It was a violent turf war between two rival gangs to control the narcotics trade – and boy is this show violent and unflinching.
In fact, the show Underbelly itself is controversial in that when it originally aired, certain episodes could not be shown in the Australian state of Victoria due to ongoing criminal investigations, and when it did finally air in Victoria, certain characters’ names could not be mentioned on air.
But the show itself proved extremely popular, and several subsequent Underbelly series aired afterwards. I’m right now watching the second Underbelly series, “A Tale of Two Cities,” focusing on the “Mr. Asia” heroin trade of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and boy it this show gripping.
Fair warning, though – the program is violent. People get shot. People get murdered. And there’s lots of sex. Plenty of boobs and bare butts. A show like this would probably air in America on HBO Max for people who thought The White Lotus was too tame.
And this is free to watch on the FreeVee channel. As I said before … if you search around the streaming universe long enough, you can find nearly anything.
I watched Season One and it was okay…but as soon as I hit S2 E1 and caught the Dragon reference I saw why you’re in love with it.