This episode remains controversial after more than 40 years. The crushing oppression of racism and ghetto life that still taints this country is hauntingly portrayed and the acting is brilliant, particularly that of James Earl Jones.
"East Side West Side" was canceled after 26 episodes largely because America in 1963, as now, was not ready to confront the effects of racism on the society. CBS affiliates in the Deep South refused to air this episode, and sponsors were unwilling to underwrite the program.
Filmed on location in New York, the show's hard edge and unflinching honesty are wonderful to watch. Unlike its counterpart "Naked City," which, while still a great show, is somewhat dated, East Side West Side may still be ahead of its time. A must see!
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