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American Crime

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American Crime is an American anthology crime drama. The series centers on race, class and gender politics. Season 1 follows a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, while season 2 tells you the story of a sexual assualt with a high school trying to cover it up.

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: ABC
  • Ed Bark

    It is an extraordinarily intelligent and compelling look at racial dynamics and polarities.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    This is often a stirring and deeply felt portrait of people in an extended state of crisis.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    These episodes will stick with you long after watching them.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    With grit, guts and some of the best performances you’ll see on TV this year, American Crime aims for truth and pulls no punches getting there.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    A penetrating, demanding examination of race, faith, the pitfalls of self-righteousness and limits of parental love.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    One of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    With its frank examination of race, gender and class, American Crime is the more thematically provocative show, a gratifying breakthrough for television and a truly golden child of the age.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    This is an ABC drama that is not just good, it’s startlingly good, as bracing in its own way as "True Detective" was on HBO last year.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Wwhat it lacks in fun, it makes up for in intelligence, complexity, and boldness.

    Slate Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Take a look if you think all the good drama is on cable.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Crime works best as an allegory when the racial anxiety casts a pall over the characters rather than actively driving their conversations.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    With American Crime, ABC and Ridley are at least trying something. That they succeed far more often than they fail is worth praise in and of itself.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    American Crime is indeed filled with some impressive material, if you can get past the pretensions.... Both Hutton and Huffman act up a storm.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    When Ridley's narrative threatens to get too heavy-handed, the individual struggles and tragedies of the characters keep the story grounded.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The casting is strong all around, which helps pull the series through its weaker stretches, when it does start to drift into a morality play or an overwrought junkie melodrama.

    Time Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s not always comfortable or reassuring. It’s just a strong story told by a strong cast.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Some of the character are so impressively conceived and fleshed out that they ignite the material. Brown’s work proves that Ridley’s material can be generationally spot-on and gender-specific.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    Even when the production is heavy-handed, the cast, led by Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman, contributes enough good performances to make the story worth watching.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a big swing for ABC and for Ridley, and if it's not a home run, it's also far from a big whiff.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    American Crime unfolds its troubling and gripping story over a broad urban canvas of racial disharmony, class animosity and familial dysfunction. [2 Mar 2015, p.12]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    American Crime’s direction is uncertain, but it looks to be one of the more uncomfortable, engrossing rides any commercial broadcast series has taken. Put away the phone and sit yourself down. You’ll want to see where this goes.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    In lesser hands, the disruptive flourishes would come across as style for style's sake; here, disruption is the goal. And in a lesser show, the characters would come across as a collection of social "types," chosen to represent their assigned issues. Here, they come across as real, deeply flawed people caught in a system that seems to care for none of them.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    The drama is not perfect, but the ambition behind it is breathtaking.... As if the scope of the show weren’t enough, American Crime ups the ante with surprisingly affecting directorial choices.

    Salon Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's a thought-provoking drama that doesn't in its first three episodes seek easy black-and-white answers or scapegoats, painting all its characters in varying shades of gray. And while the characters are flawed, they are not insufferable as on NBC's "The Slap."

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    American Crime is an intentionally exasperating viewing experience; sooner or later, every character does something that’s just flat-out wrong. And yet I can’t remember the last time a network drama had my rapt attention and respect on this many levels at once.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The characters interact, the camera observes. And we marvel--not only at the technique and the acting, but at the fullness of each individual point of view, detailing who these people are and how they got there.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    These characters are anything but flawless and one-dimensional. But, they are at their most believable and compelling when they relentlessly defend their children and loved ones and awkwardly try to make sense of their crumbling worlds.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    American Crime does a good job of using the police-procedural framework to give viewers a structure that’s familiar and compelling. But Ridley makes sure that that structure is also capacious enough to let the actors stretch out, and, at least over the course of the four episodes made available to critics, this yields at least two superb performances.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    American Crime is aimed squarely at drama junkies. Especially those who, tired of having their thoughts and emotions prechewed, packaged and set to music, may have fled broadcast TV for cable, Netflix and Amazon.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Sacrificing and caring for one’s family is expected, after all. What this challenging drama dares to explore is whether that relatively narrow focus leaves much room for extending a spirit of generosity--or even a mild benefit of the doubt--to strangers.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    As you may have been able to tell from the ads, the program a bit too often wears the banner of “Very Important Show” but a grounded, talented cast carries it over those melodramatic speed bumps.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Scenes unfold at a leisurely pace and are punctuated with visual flourishes that allow us to soak up moods and emotions. On the other hand, the show suffers from stretches of starchy dialogue, and the uneven pilot episode doesn't adequately deliver on the promise of what's to come.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    It's the lack of a lighter touch that keeps Ridley's epic ambition from achieving its lofty goals. Overdetermined and under-nuanced, what's meant to feel more authentic than anything yet seen on broadcast TV actually loses its realism as it goes along.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    To its credit, American Crime puts race on the table as a topic that the characters confront and talk about with refreshing frankness, but the show as a whole is so predictable and lacking in depth that there's little else to recommend it.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
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