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American Crime 

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The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.

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Luis gets important information about his missing son. Coy witnesses an horrific incident. Shae wonders if she should stay at the shelter.


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Nominated for 5 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »

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 Barb Hanlon / ... (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
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When a young couple -- war veteran Matt and his wife, Gwen Skokie -- are attacked in their Modesto, Calif., home, Matt dies and Gwen is left unconscious, barely clinging to life. As news of the brutal crime makes its way through the media, both sets of parents sit vigil by Gwen's bed, hoping for a miracle to keep her with them. The police investigation begins to close in on four suspects in the case, and shock waves radiate through the community, stirring up tensions along ethnic and racial lines. Written by Jwelch5742

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John Ridley was so impressed with Lili Taylor's performance on the first season, in which he didn't envisioned as an important role, that he was determined to have her back for season 2 with a lead part. See more »

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The first season of the series takes place in Modesto, California but was filmed mostly in Texas. There are scenes when police vehicles have their lights on without a steady red light present. All police and emergency vehicles in California are required to have at least one steady red light on when the police/emergency lights on the front of police and emergency vehicles are on. See more »

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Surprisingly strong and complicated for network TV
6 June 2015 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Writer-creator John Ridley's yearly 10 part dramatic exploration of the ripple effects of an horrific crime across several families of different races and classes in America (examining both victims, and possible perpetrators) is surprisingly strong and political for a network show.

Creating an ensemble of excellent actors to return each year as new, very different characters in new stories (as is also done in shows like "American Horror Story") adds another interesting layer to a show that asks questions about identity and the roles we play out in our lives.

My notes while watching each year:

Season 1: While occasionally in the middle episodes it slips a bit into making the characters archetypes and mouthpieces for points of view, by the end these people (and performances) all show surprising complexity and depth. Similarly, the reliance on some convenient twists of plot and personalities fades as the show builds to a highly moving conclusion. Nicely directed throughout with a cinematic touch that gets away from TVs over reliance on head on close ups, this show is brave enough to take on un-commercial hot button topics like racism (both from one race to another, but even within racial groups against others in the same group), crime and the failures of the criminal justice system, the nature of personal versus societal responsibility, and poverty – all without becoming a polemic, but staying an effective and affecting drama.

Season 2: If not quite up to the very high standard set by the astounding first season, this is still a highly intelligent, challenging and well executed 10 episode closed end series examining some touchy and complicated social issues – rape, homophobia, racial tension, parental failures – by once again starting with a crime, and observing how the after-effects ripple out through various families of different races and socio-economic stations in a small American city/suburb. Unlike last year's story around a murder, this year the central crime itself is a question mark. Was rough sex between two boys at a high school party rape? Or was it consensual?

Like the first season, there is an almost Dickensian sweep to the many characters and to how their individual stories criss-cross as the episodes go along.

One problem for me – I wish Felicity Huffman's Leslie Graham – the head of a high end private school attended by the students involved in the alleged rape – was less of a one note dragon lady. Huffman is a brilliant actress, but somehow in the writing and execution she's the first major character in the 2 years of the series who doesn't seem to have an empathetic side to go with her dark one. And that hurts in a show that's all about how relative truth is. There's a sadistic side to her character that makes her harming of those around her less complicated and emotionally confusing than I wish it was.

But in general creator/showrunner John Ridley once again does an excellent job at getting under the skin of American life, and getting to the truth that nothing is ever as simple as it seems – or as we often wish it was. And that being too sure of one's own righteousness is indeed often setting one's self up for an awful fall.

Overall, the both years of the series are full of heart wrenching and disturbing scenes. This isn't a 'fun' watch, but is an important and intelligent attempt to examine the dark and complex issues pulling America apart in the early 21st century.


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