'Made in Staten Island' preview: A heartwarming reality series of 7 individuals breaking free from criminal ancestry

The new MTV series comes from 'Mob Wives' star Karen Gravano, whose daughter Karina, stars in the reality show along with 6 other young Staten Islanders on a mission to break free

                            'Made in Staten Island' preview: A heartwarming reality series of 7 individuals breaking free from criminal ancestry

Staten Island gets yet another reality TV series titled 'Made in Staten Island', and before you assume that this is like any other 'forgotten borough' reality show, or even draws parallels to the 'Jersey Shore' variety, then you ought to reconsider the fact that this is a humanely true story of seven young individuals trying to break free from the criminal connection they are born into.

The new MTV series comes from 'Mob Wives' star Karen Gravano, whose daughter Karina, stars in the new reality show. Fun fact about Karina is that she is the granddaughter of former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Along with Karina are six other young Staten Islanders with almost similar histories of crime and prison legacy.

The hustlers, as they are stereotyped to be, navigate their life and career choices as individuals struggling to step out from the shadows of the once mob-driven island.

The young crew, aged between 19 and 22, were all born to a family of organized crime connections, with one or the other family member behind bars, while also facing their own charges for getting into local fights. The show starts with a bit of introduction about New York's southernmost borough, 20 miles from Manhattan. Once a thriving locality where it was believed that if you own a place in Staten Island, then you've made it. Now known as the "forgotten borough", these seven individuals make their voices heard and fight to come out from the ghost of their past.

It begins with Christian aka CP, narrating the story of the forgotten borough and gradually directing to his own story and his crew. Born into an Italian-American mobster family, CP hustles on the streets and is no stranger to getting into legal troubles. His father is in prison and as much as he loves his father, CP is certain that he does not want to end up like his father in jail. However, he is fraught with his own potential prison sentence for attempted murder and as scary as that is for CP, he gets a wake-up call when he visits his father in prison.

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Kayla, on the other hand, has her own reasons to go to court for a streetside fight, because of which she is forced to live at her uncle's place. Though hot-headed, Kayla makes a genuine effort to stay out of trouble and her legal battles teach her an important lesson.

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Karina has a major decision to make as she charts out her future plans to study in good universities, which means, away from Staten Island. However, the decision takes a negative toll on her relationship with her boyfriend Paulie, who is striving for the best.

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The mediator of the crew is Dennie, who is also known as the "Godmutha" of the circle because she has her wit to get out of any situation while helping others. She is also one of those few Staten Islanders who managed to move out of the borough for education. As the pilot kicks, Dennie is preparing to move back to Staten Island. 

Joe and Taylor are also part of the crew, basically growing up together on the streets. The premise of the show is pretty simple; they have a choice, it's either a "street life or a straight life", and as evident as the reality show goes, the young generation chooses the latter. However, it's not an easy choice. Being on the streets lifelong and having a certain reputation attached to the name does not necessarily work in favor when diving into the new path.

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The good news is, they want to break away from the stigma. Karina has her former mafia grandfather, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano to guide her. CP and the rest of the crew have someone or the other in prison to tell them that this isn't the life for them.

They want to break free from the roots that keep pulling them to troubled grounds and you can see a genuine effort as they make new decisions every day to break away from the temptations of the criminal lifestyle they were born into.

These seven Staten Islanders will take us on a heartwarming coming-of-age story as they hustle their life through the rights and wrongs, recreating themselves, recreating Staten Island.

The show premieres on Monday, January 14th at 10 pm ET/PT.

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