Netflix’s ‘Fear City: New York vs The Mob’ Explores the Rise of New York’s “Five Families”

Netflix may not have The Godfather or Goodfellas, but they’re bringing their audience the next best thing. The streaming service is adding to its ever-growing trove of true-crime content with an upcoming docuseries, Fear City: New York vs The Mafia. Netflix released a trailer today for the series, which follows the city and the families who controlled it in the 1970s.

Fear City, which comes from the producers of another Netflix true crime doc, Don’t F**k With Cats, tells the story of the New York Mafia’s “Five Families” — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese — and the FBI investigation to bring them down.

Netflix describes the three-part series as “the inside story of the rise and fall of New York’s most powerful Mafia families and the end of the golden era of the Mob. With the full might of the FBI and an army of undercover agents, witness the bugging, the investigation, and the era-defining conclusion of the historic Mafia Commission Trial that changed everything.”

In today’s trailer, Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani explains the influence of the Mafia in New York City and just how powerful the families truly were. “They have judges they put on the bench. They controlled restaurants, the docks, the ships, hospitals,” he says. “I can go on and on.”

“It was the golden era of the mob,” another interview subject says in today’s trailer. “The FBI couldn’t keep up with us. There was no way.”

Using “unheard secret FBI tapes,” archival footage and news reports, as well as interviews with law enforcement and ex-Mafia members, Fear City explores how the Mafia was able to build an organized crime empire and take control of the city for years.

Fear City: New York vs The Mafia premieres on Netflix July 22. Watch the full trailer in the video above.

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