A young African-American couple battle economic and social woes. Joe can only find menial jobs and to make ends meet Ruth works in a cheap bar. Then tragedy strikes their child.

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Mr. Stowe
John McCurry ...
Morgan
Maxwell Glanville ...
Rev. Williams
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Cynthia Belgrave ...
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Krieger
Carla Pinza ...
Mrs. Martinez
Nancy Olivieri
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A young African-American couple battle economic and social woes. Joe can only find menial jobs and to make ends meet Ruth works in a cheap bar. Then tragedy strikes their child.

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4 November 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode - which confronted issues of poverty, unemployment and racism - caused a storm of controversy, generating hate mail and death threats to the network. Several CBS affiliates in the South - notably Atlanta, Georgia - refused to air it. See more »

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Featured in 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) See more »

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A Harlem couple faces the ultimate tragedy
14 December 2007 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

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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