Mob City is a period drama that premiered on TNT on December 4, 2013, which stars Jon Bernthal and Milo Ventimiglia with the show mainly created and produced by Frank Darabont. It was first reported to be broadcasted under the title ''L.A. Noir'', before it was changed to ''Lost Angels'' and then to the current title to avoid trouble with the viewers on confusing it with L.A. Noire. A six-episode first season was broadcast over a compressed three week period in 2013, but the show was not picked up for a second run due to poor ratings.Set in 1947 (with occasional flashbacks to the 1920s), the drama tells the story of how the Los Angeles Police Department and the mob are waging war on each other in order to claim dominance over Los Angeles after the end of World War II. The LAPD is about to come under the leadership of William Parker, who is determined to get rid of the mob from LA's streets. One of the detectives involved in the war against organized crime is Detective Joe Teague, an ex-Marine who fought in the Pacific against the Imperial Japanese Army before he retired and joined the force.At the helm of the mob is Mickey Cohen, who is determined to make LA his power base in the western part of America. And along the way, Joe has some secrets that he needs to keep from his superiors in the LAPD and from various mobsters if he wants to stay alive.
Been There, Shaped History: Sid Rothman is a fictional center piece in the Mickey Cohen organization and has been a friend of Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky for decades. Joe Teague kills Siegel and sets the ball in motion for William Parker to become LAPD chief.
Blackmail: Nash tries to blackmail the Siegel-Cohen organization. After he is killed, his associate Leslie Shermer tries to blackmail Nash's girldfriend, Jasmine Fontaine.
Broken Pedestal: Happens to Carl regarding the mob when they try to have him killed.
Bullying a Dragon: Hecky Nash could continue to be a terrible stage comedian, but his jealousy and inferiority complex towards his childhood friend Mickey Cohen leads him to blackmail him and his boss, Bugsy Siegel.
Follow the Leader/Spiritual Sequel: While Mob City goes for a Noir feel and takes place 20 years after on the opposite coast, it is impossible to not make comparisons with HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Its debut two weeks after the end of Boardwalk's fourth season might be an attempt to gather some of its viewers... and the scene in "Red Light" when Siegel is saying that Atlantic City is History and "this" (meaning Las Vegas) is "something different" could be interpreted as a commentary from the writers asking those viewers to keep the two shows apart.
For Want of a Nail / Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot : The series begins with Hecky Nash's attempt to bribe Teague into acting as his bodyguard while blackmailing Mickey Cohen. Then Teague murders Nash. And everything else spirals from there.
Foregone Conclusion: Anyone who knows about the history of the Mafia in America probably saw Bugsy's death coming early on in the show.
Hand or Object Underwear: When Lansky comes to see Siegel after he spends the night with some party girls, he comes to the door wearing only a guitar.
Mob War: After the investigators make their move on Siegel, Cohen's rival Jack Dragna tries to muscle in their operations.
Prevent The War: Stax, an Amoral Attorney for the Mob, tries to prevent the situation in Los Angeles from escalating into a Mob War. He invokes Pragmatic Villainy to convince rival mobsters to not hurt the patrons and staff at a casino run by Mickey Cohen and later arranges a sit-down between Cohen and rival mob boss Dragna where they agree to a temporary peace. However, his efforts seem to be for naught when at the end of the season Teague kills Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel and a massive power vacuum opens up.
Red Herring: In the first scene of the series, Lansky, Siegel and Rothman bring violin cases to a meeting with bootleggers. They contain violins. The guns are in a baby cart down the street.
This gets a Call Back later in the series - the only scene where the 3 men are in the same room again has them joke about "violin lessons", and in a Hidden Depths reveal for Sid Rothman, we first glimpse his sensitive side through an extended sequence that shows he kept up the hobby.
"A guy walks into a bar": Stax set Nash to hire Teague as his bodyguard, so that Teague would murder him.
"Reason to kill a man": Teague was once married to Nash's girlfriend, Jasmine, before he fought in the Pacific with the US Marines.
Revealing Coverup: Teague's coming to Morrison, joining his unit and staging a police bust on Nash and the mobsters he's blackmailing is actually Teague's cover to murder Nash and get away with it, blaming it on Nash not following his advice and having himself killed before Teague could appear and alert the other cops.
World War II: Some of the characters have formerly served in the US military before the series started.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After Carl, who works at a restaurant, tells Rothman that his targets are working there, he is willingly beaten in the back alley so he can claim innocence when the cops show up.