NEW YORK — Take a dozen lead actors, submerge them in the sweltering, wet, mosquito-laden Florida Keys for eight months, and roll the cameras.
What you wind up with is Bloodline, the twisty Netflixdrama created by brothers Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, the trio behind the knotty Glenn Close legal thriller Damages. Bloodline has the same fluid sense of time, dipping into the past and lurching into the future. All 13 episodes are available on Netflix Friday.
The series digs behind the charmed facade of the Rayburns, a storied Florida innkeeper family with secrets that reveal themselves in fits and starts, and is headlined by Emmy winner Kyle Chandler, best known as wise coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights, and Australian character actor Ben Mendelsohn. Chandler’s dutiful, responsible sheriff John is the pillar of his clan, and Mendelsohn’s slippery wastrel Danny slithers home for a reunion — only to wind up passed out, drunk and naked on the dock, and popping pills — and it all leads to someone in the family doing something very, very bad. What it is, and what the repercussions are, remains murky.