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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 5, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 149 Ratings

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  • Summary: Race, class, and gender are explored in this John Ridley drama that focuses on the lives of people involved in the trial for the home invasion that left a war hero dead and his wife on life support in a Central California town.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Mar 9, 2017
    100
    A searing, humane drama that succeeds at making urgent, artful pop culture by engaging the world, not looking away from it.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 3, 2015
    100
    This is often a stirring and deeply felt portrait of people in an extended state of crisis.
  3. 90
    One of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Mar 5, 2015
    83
    Crime works best as an allegory when the racial anxiety casts a pall over the characters rather than actively driving their conversations.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 4, 2015
    80
    American Crime is indeed filled with some impressive material, if you can get past the pretensions.... Both Hutton and Huffman act up a storm.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 3, 2015
    80
    It’s not always comfortable or reassuring. It’s just a strong story told by a strong cast.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 4, 2015
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 46
  2. Negative: 9 out of 46
  1. Mar 29, 2015
    10
    The usual John Ridley over-writing, but my God, how freakin' great that something this raw shows up on network where more than a relativeThe usual John Ridley over-writing, but my God, how freakin' great that something this raw shows up on network where more than a relative handful of people will see it! Let's stop navel-gazing, people, and be thrilled at the risk-taking involved here. No heroes. All complexity. Which face in the mirror are you, or I? Plenty of mirrors to go around. Maybe this kind of story requires the heavy hand of Ridley. It's not about nuance, afterall, or subtlety. This ain't no Downton Abbey nonsense, thank God! I doubt PBS would have had the cojones to run anything this relevant, unless it originated in Great Britain first! So, all praise to ABC and Ridley. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2015
    10
    Riveting, provocative and smart TV...Felicity Huffman and Tim Hutton are exceptional. Loved how it all came together at the end. I can notRiveting, provocative and smart TV...Felicity Huffman and Tim Hutton are exceptional. Loved how it all came together at the end. I can not wait until Regina King appears. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2015
    10
    A beautifully nuanced series. Impeccably directed and sharply written above all. The performances all around, especially from FelicityA beautifully nuanced series. Impeccably directed and sharply written above all. The performances all around, especially from Felicity Huffman, Tim Hutton, Penelope Miller, Benito Martinez, & W. Earl Brown were sublime and transcendent. Excited to see where the show goes, and the more boundaries it pushes. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2016
    9
    Very good acting, writing and dramatic camera work. The story pulls you in and takes you for an emotional ride where you may least expect toVery good acting, writing and dramatic camera work. The story pulls you in and takes you for an emotional ride where you may least expect to go. This series, mimics life in that all endings aren't the happiest or the ones you are ready for. Expand
  5. May 17, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I was ready to score this as a 10 until the final episode. I thought the acting was excellent all around and characters were aggravating but realistic. However, IMO, the finale was kind of empty, very frustrating and, in some cases, illogical. Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2015
    5
    sorry to say, interpreting is good, but plot is too much of a drama for me, plot is quite simple, focusing too much in the characters, I hopesorry to say, interpreting is good, but plot is too much of a drama for me, plot is quite simple, focusing too much in the characters, I hope that acting-purists enjoy the show, I will move on to a different one. Good luck Expand
  7. Mar 15, 2017
    0
    Just got done watching Season 1 . I thought it was decent but very predicable . Started watching the season 2 and the people in season 2 areJust got done watching Season 1 . I thought it was decent but very predicable . Started watching the season 2 and the people in season 2 are the same actors that died in season 1 playing different roles. That sucks turned it right off..Won't watch again. Expand

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