The BEST Episodes of Gangland
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 8, 2020
This new series tells the insider story of some of America's most notorious street gangs. We learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods that they controlled. From the destruction wrought by the heroin kingpins in Harlem of the 1970's to today's most dangerous gang MS-13, which has spread out from the inner city to infect unexpected turf - suburban communities, gangs have a rich yet deadly history. They usually start out as a form of protection for their members and the community but then, grow predatory as they feed on the very people that they purport to defend. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this is a raw look at life inside these gangs - from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them
#1 - From Heaven To Hell
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 10, 2008
Salt Lake City is home to the Latter-day Saints (LDS) Crips, a gang that may look different from the Los Angeles original but is no less violent.
#2 - Boys Of Destruction
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 19, 2009
There are an estimated 10,000 gang members who call St. Louis their home, which includes the notorious gang, Boys of Destruction.
#3 - Trinity of Blood
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 12, 2009
The Hispanic Tri-City Bombers gang, which has more than 1,000 members, is known for smuggling drugs and weapons along the border between Texas and Mexico.
#4 - Texas Terror
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 3, 2008
The Texas Syndicate. They are the most feared Tejano gang in the Lone Star State, yet few have heard of them. The Syndicate is managed like an elite business, with a reach that extends from behind prison walls to the far corners of Texas. They will break any law to generate revenue but the gang's bread and butter is drug trafficking for the Mexican cartels. Now Gangland unearths how the Texas Syndicate rose to power, and the destruction the left behind to get there.
#5 - Aryan Terror
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 26, 2009
The white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood started as a means of survival, has now become the largest prison gang in Texas and has spread to the suburbs of Dallas.
#6 - Maniacal
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 2008
Chicago's second-largest Latin gang, The Maniac Latin Disciples rule the northwest side of Chicago. Since their beginning in the early 1960's, the MLD's have grown so big, that in 2005, the US Attorney for Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, testified before Congress that the Disciples should be considered a "super gang." The gang has had to rely on strong leadership to control the thousands of foot soldiers on the streets. Revenge and betrayal are characteristics of the MLD's and the streets are battlefields for rival Hispanic gangs. Gangland takes you inside the twisted world of the MLD's.
#7 - Circle Of Death
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 16, 2009
A profile of the gang known as the Aryan Circle.
#8 - Kill Or Be Killed
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 12, 2009
Memphis, Tenn. is the site where a group of drug dealers and killers formed the gang, the Love Murdering Gangsters (LGM), and is regarded as the most notorious gang in the Mississippi Delta.
#9 - Blood Oath
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 24, 2008
During the late 1990's, the New York Metropolitan area was plagued by the random violence of a new breed of street gang: The United Blood Nation. Created in 1993 by Rikers Island inmate, Omar Portee, the UBN emulated the Bloods street gang on the West Coast, but was more randomly violent. Portee formed the UBN in an effort to unite the African-American prisoners against Hispanic gangs like the Latin Kings. Better known as "OG Mack," Portee led the UBN from behind prison walls, and eventually on the streets of New York. By the mid 1990's, like an epidemic, the Bloods had taken over the tri-state area, which had historically belonged to the Latin Kings. By the year 2000, the Bloods were the most violent gang on the East Coast- and OG-Mack became known as the Godfather of the East Coast Bloods.
#10 - Blood River
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 18, 2009
The Barrio Aztec Gang is featured in this episode.
#11 - Hustle Or Die
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 25, 2009
The Four Corner Hustler Gang is featured in this episode.
#12 - Blood In The Streets
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 2008
Los Solidos are Hartford, Connecticut’s most ruthless gang. We hear about the gang’s rise and the vicious war with their powerful rivals, the Latin Kings.
#13 - Hunt And Kill
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 6, 2009
This episode features the Brown Pride Hispanic street gang from Nashville, Tenn., as they engage in a brutal turf war with a rival.
#14 - Deadly Triangle
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 20, 2008
Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is a survivor in the gangland of San Francisco's Chinatown. In 1976, the 16-year-old moved to San Francisco with his family and quickly joined the Hop Sing Boys gang. On September 4, 1977, he was at the Golden Dragon restaurant when 3 Joe Boys gang members killed 5 innocent patrons after storming the popular restaurant looking for revenge against their rivals, the Wah Ching. The attack made international news and forever changed the landscape of Chinatown's underworld. In the ensuing years, and after two stays in California's prisons, Chow's power and influence was on the rise. In 1989, he partnered with Peter Chong, a leader of the Wo Hop To triad, to first consolidate all the gangs in San Francisco's Chinatown and then expand their criminal empire nationally. Although federal and local law enforcement would bring the group down, Chow would eventually end up back on the streets of San Francisco after testifying against his former friend and partner. Raymond Chow says he is now a changed man, but only time will tell if he's given up the life of a gangster.
#15 - The Devil's Playground
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 2008
One of Chicago’s most ruthless street gangs, Satan Disciples claim to practice “free enterprise.” High-ranking members describe the rise and fall of “King Aggie,” who ordered a hit on a popular younger leader that ultimately spelled his own doom.
#16 - Die, Snitch, Die
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 2008
The good times roll in New Orleans’ French Quarter, but a vicious gang known as the Gotti Boys rule the streets around it – and there is no mercy for those caught in the crossfire.
#17 - Blood In, Blood Out
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2008
Nuestra Familia. As the predominant Hispanic gang in Northern California, Nuestra Familia, or NF is primarily a prison gang. Compared to other prison gangs, NF's numbers on the inside are relatively small, yet they distinguish themselves through discipline and fear. They have adopted the battle cry "blood in, blood out," and made their rules official, scribing a 50-page constitution laying out their bylaws. Among them, "an automatic death sentence will be put on family member that turns traitor, coward or deserter. " NF also have tens of thousands of loyal followers on the streets known as Nortenos or Northerners. The main rival of NF has always been the Mexican Mafia, with their followers being the Surenos or Southerners.
#18 - Divide And Conquer
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 19, 2009
The Latin Kings have roots tracing back to the 1940s in Chicago, and are regarded as the largest and most brutal Latino gang in the U.S.A..
#19 - Biker Wars
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 27, 2008
Throughout the early 1990's, a war waged behind the scenes between the two largest motorcycle gangs in America - the Outlaws and the Hells Angels. The Outlaws traditionally made the Midwest their stronghold but now the Angels were pushing into their territory and courting another regional club, the Hell's Henchmen, to join them. The Outlaws responded viscously and decisively. By the time the war ended bikers from all three clubs had been murdered and the third largest car bomb in US history had exploded on a crowded Chicago street during rush hour. Federal and local law enforcement began vigorously pursuing the Outlaws culminating in successful prosecutions that exposed the violent world of these notorious 1%er's. Within a decade, two international presidents would be serving life sentences and Outlaws members could be found on both the FBI and ATF's most wanted sites. For a while, it seemed the Outlaws Motorcycle Club would fade from relevance but recent arrests this year - and continuing investigations - show that they are still functioning and once again expanding their influence through blood and violence around the world.
#20 - Root Of All Evil
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 31, 2008
Gangland takes a look at the Drugs and Prostitution rackets run by MS-13.
#21 - California's Killing Field
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 2008
The Tiny Rascal Gangsters, also known as the Tiny Rascal Gang or Tiny Rascals, was created in California during the middle 1980's. It was formed by Cambodian youth gang members and is presently considered the largest Asian Street gang in the United States.
#22 - Skinhead Assault
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 10, 2009
The Volksfront originates in Oregon prisons and becomes one of the fastest-growing, neo-Nazi gangs in the United States.
#23 - One Blood
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 29, 2008
"LA Bloods" gives the viewer an inside look at one of the most notorious and volatile black street gangs in the country. Through original interviews with law enforcement, interventionists, victim's family members and active and former gang members, the program examines the life, history and the vicious crimes perpetrated by the Bloods.
#24 - Evil Breed
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 30, 2009
This episode profiles an outlaw motorcycle gang known as The Breed, who has a reputation of violent beatings and threats of murder.
#25 - Kings Of New York
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2007
King Lil Man," was found decapitated, dismembered, and burned in a bathtub. His Latin King's tattoo had been cut from his skin, his head and hands were never found. According to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Zabel, his murderers, fellow Latin King gang members, were "...actually driving around town in a cab with his head because "King Blood," their leader, needed proof of the murder." By the mid-1990's, the New York chapter of the Latin Kings had grown into the most violent and largest street gang every seen in the city. Lead by the murderous "King Blood," they left a path of mayhem that was only brought to an end by "Blood's" 18 guilty verdicts - eight of them for murder. His conviction was largely based on the 20,000 plus letters he wrote detailing the crimes the New York Latin Kings were perpetuating.