“American Crime” will debut on ABC on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. The drama series is led by Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton as parents of a murder victim. They are joined by a supporting cast that includes W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Penelope Anne Miller, Benito Martinez, Elvis Nolasco, Regina King and Johnny Ortiz. The story focuses on gender, race and class. What do critics think about this anthology? Find out as we round-up the reviews below.
New York Daily News’ critic says viewers looking for something substantial to watch on TV should tune to “American Crime.” Not only does the series set its conclusion after ten episodes, it also delivers a chilling portrayal from Huffman.
Variety’s review calls this show prestige-TV. The story has a simple premise, but its tone compels viewers to explore their own concepts and prejudices. The critic describes the pilot episode as “raw and occasionally brutal.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s notes the show’s strong performances from Huffman and Hutton, but finds some bumps with its “storytelling constraints.” Despite that, there’s plenty of good stuff in the series and the characters and their stories do fire up the show’s plot. The critic considers “American Crime” as highly recommended.
San Francisco Gate’s critic raves about the stunning show and like all the rest, cites Huffman for her strong performance, describing it as “monumental.” The critic also says that the material is “superbly written,” complementing the “shattering” performances of the cast.
Excellent is how the review from Newsday describes the series, saying that “American Crime” is “nothing like you’ve seen on ABC.” The series has grand ambitions, but according to the critic, it’s never played out in a grandiose way. Thus, it’s been given a grade of A.
The Gazette likes how the show easily grabs viewers’ attention. Right from the get go, it will have viewers emotionally invested. However, such intensity also has its lows as it can be emotionally taxing, according to the review. Still, the critic gives this show a grade of A.
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