Parents' Guide to

American Crime

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark, mature drama explores race, violence, drugs, family.

TV ABC Drama 2015
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Approx 5 minutes into the pilot episode, a woman uses the f-word. I couldn't believe my ears. Isn't this is an ABC network tv show? Not going to bother watching stuff like that!

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Written and produced by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, the series explores the complexity and pervasiveness of crime in America from multiple points of view. It also highlights the many socioeconomic and racial tensions that emerge when a brutal crime is committed in a community.

People who like crime dramas will appreciate the intensity of this well-written series as well as the various plot twists that reveal themselves as each character finds ways to manage grief and fears in flawed -- but very human -- ways. It also unapologetically shows how seemingly minor crimes can be far-reaching and can lead to events that can destroy the lives of many. This drama packs a lot of issues into one show but doesn't feel preachy. It's also aided by powerhouse actors such as Huffman and Hutton, putting it on par with quality cable counterparts such as Breaking Bad -- and although its dark content can be difficult to watch, it's worth it.

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