Thursday, 11 May 2017

In Memoriam: American Crime



The tragic announcement was made today. After the third season concluded two weeks ago to extremely low ratings, ABC pulled the plug on the critically acclaimed anthology series. The series finale drew just a 0.4 in the adults 18-49 demo.


Despite being a fan of television, American Crime largely flew under my radar until its debut in March 2015. I was initially caught off guard by the show's slow-burning tone and the extremely close attention detail which are normally reserved for premium cable and streaming shows. However, I was intrigued by the concept, the plot and the direction of the show following the astounding pilot episode and have been hooked ever since. The performances of all cast members, both regular and temporary have been noteworthy but special mentions go to Regina King, Lili Taylor, Felicity Huffman, Richard Cabral, Elvis Nolasco, Benito Marrinez, Timothy Hutton and Joey Pollari for their work on their respective characters and seasons.

American Crime has never been a huge things winner however it has tackled difficult subjects for the entire duration of its short run. From racism, sexism, homophobia, class issues, drug abuse and immigration, the John Ridley series approached these subjects with honesty patience, and genuine emotion. Even though American Crime never truly found an audience, it will surely leave a gap in the ever growing spectrum of television shows due to its ability to convey powerful, moving and extremely topical messages.


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