Seasonal anthology series. Season 1: The lives of the participants in a trial with significant racial motives are forever changed during the legal process.


John Ridley
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Series cast summary:
Felicity Huffman ...  Barb Hanlon / ... 29 episodes, 2015-2017
Regina King ...  Terri LaCroix / ... 27 episodes, 2015-2017
Timothy Hutton ...  Russ Skokie / ... 26 episodes, 2015-2017
Richard Cabral ...  Hector Tonz / ... 21 episodes, 2015-2017
Elvis Nolasco ...  Carter Nix / ... 21 episodes, 2015-2016
Lili Taylor ...  Anne Blaine / ... 21 episodes, 2015-2017
Benito Martinez ...  Alonzo Gutierrez / ... 16 episodes, 2015-2017
Brent Anderson ...  Curt Tanner / ... 16 episodes, 2015-2016
Connor Jessup ...  Taylor Blaine / ... 14 episodes, 2016-2017
Shane Jacobsen ...  Michael O'Brien / ... 12 episodes, 2015-2016


When a young couple -- war veteran Matt and his wife, Gwen Skokie -- are attacked in their Modesto, Calif., home, Matt dies and Gwen is left unconscious, barely clinging to life. As news of the brutal crime makes its way through the media, both sets of parents sit vigil by Gwen's bed, hoping for a miracle to keep her with them. The police investigation begins to close in on four suspects in the case, and shock waves radiate through the community, stirring up tensions along ethnic and racial lines. Written by Jwelch5742

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John Ridley was so impressed with Lili Taylor's performance on the first season, in which he didn't envisioned as an important role, that he was determined to have her back for season 2 with a lead part. See more »


The first season of the series takes place in Modesto, California but was filmed mostly in Texas. There are scenes when police vehicles have their lights on without a steady red light present. All police and emergency vehicles in California are required to have at least one steady red light on when the police/emergency lights on the front of police and emergency vehicles are on. See more »

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Not a Pretty Picture, but Great Television
13 September 2016 | by nicholasruddickSee all my reviews

It's said we're in a golden age of TV drama, and here's more evidence. One astonishing fact about this series is that it was made by ABC, one of the supposedly fossilized networks, rather than by one of the newer niche cable channels. And now it's available on Netflix (at least here in Canada) so you don't have to dodge commercials.

There are two seasons, the first of eleven episodes, the second of ten, and both track the consequences of a crime that has already happened. The first series, set in Modesto, California, concerns what is apparently a murder-rape by lowlifes of a golden all-American young couple. The second series, set in Indianapolis, deals with an unsavory sexual incident at a party held by the basketball team of a private school. The lives of staff and students at this entitled institution for the wealthy are contrasted with their counterparts at a typical local high school.

The simple, unsensational title is a clue to what this series is trying to do. It aims to be nothing less than an anatomy of contemporary American society. It persuades us that these crimes and their repercussions reveal a great deal about national attitudes to race, education, money, sex, violence, guns, drugs, policing, journalism, social media, the justice and penal systems—you name it. And as with The Wire, a series which had similar ambitions, one comes to understand and sympathize with these characters and their predicaments, even if one doesn't like them. Here is America today in microcosm, and it's not a pretty picture. But Americans are not as exceptional as they sometimes imagine. As this series suggests, the characters' problems are human problems, and you certainly don't have to be American to identify with them.

What is quite unusual is that several of the main parts in the two series are played by the same actors, as in repertory theater. This may be a gimmick, but it works, as the standard of the acting is very high and the effect is to draw attention to the Shakespearean theme of appearance vs reality. The performances of Felicity Huffman, who plays both lead female characters, both unlikable in different ways, are astoundingly good. It helps, of course, that the rest of the cast, the dialogue, camera-work, editing, even the score are of the highest quality.

American Crime is grim and as far from light entertainment as you can imagine. But its final effect is not depressing. Lies are relentlessly exposed for the damage they do. Deeper and more difficult truths, the only kind it's safe to build trust on, start to emerge. And those are perhaps the most important messages that come from this outstanding series.

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