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Examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, providing an explosive autopsy of our criminal justice system.
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Series cast summary:
 Ashe Akino (10 episodes, 2017)
 Preston Terry (10 episodes, 2017)
 Lieutenant Breeland (10 episodes, 2017)
 Sheriff Daniel Platt (10 episodes, 2017)
 Deputy Joshua Beck (10 episodes, 2017)
 Pastor Janae James (10 episodes, 2017)
 Shameeka Campbell (10 episodes, 2017)
 Kerry Beck (10 episodes, 2017)
 Sarah Ellis (10 episodes, 2017)
 Governor Patricia Eamons (10 episodes, 2017)
 Arlen Cox (9 episodes, 2017)
 Deputy Caleb Brooks (9 episodes, 2017)
 Shawn Campbell (9 episodes, 2017)
 Alicia Carr (8 episodes, 2017)
 Christian Beck (7 episodes, 2017)
 Jeremiah Beck (7 episodes, 2017)
 Anthony (7 episodes, 2017)
 Shirlane (6 episodes, 2017)
 Cory (6 episodes, 2017)
 Mr. Dabney (6 episodes, 2017)
 Julian Carroll (5 episodes, 2017)
 Jesse Carr (5 episodes, 2017)
 Leon Grant (5 episodes, 2017)


Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, SHOTS FIRED is a dramatic new event series that is a "why done it?" and a "who done it?" From Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights," "The Secret Life of Bees," "Love and Basketball") and Reggie Rock Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights," "Notorious"), the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart.

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Some lines are meant to be crossed.


Crime | Drama





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22 March 2017 (USA)  »

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Fuego abierto  »

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ripped from the headlines
19 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Deputy Joshua Beck is one of the few black officers in a small North Carolina town. He stops a young white man driving in the black neighborhood. The traffic stop turns into a fatal police shooting. Governor Patricia Eamons requests a DOJ investigation. They send black prosecutor Preston Terry, only one year out of law school. DOJ investigator Ashe Akino is dealing with anger issues and a custody fight for her daughter. Alicia Carr is the mother of the victim. Shameeka Campbell is the mother of a dead black teen in an unsolved shooting. Sheriff Platt and Lieutenant Breeland are hiding a controversial police program. Janae James is an activist pastor railing for social justice. Arlen Cox is a developer planning to build a prison.

Fox claims this mid-season replacement to be a limited series. There are ten episodes and no second season. It is definitely ripped from the headlines and plays plenty with the race card. It plays it a little too hard for my taste. It even turns the hose on black protesters. It would serve the show better by avoiding some of these hot button tropes. The acting is solid. The story has some compelling elements. Pushing those buttons so many times only detracts from a well-written crime thriller.

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