Parents' Guide to

Shots Fired

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Compelling drama tackles race from multiple points of view.

TV Fox Drama 2017
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

A great comeback for television

This show was written extremely well and very entertaining loved the show from start to finish. Two thumbs Up!!!

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

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This honest and complicated drama addresses the complexities of race and racial tensions in America by allowing audiences to see it from multiple points of view. It points to the real-life and well-publicized shootings of Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and other unarmed African-American men by white police officers as a way of proving the existence of racial bias in law enforcement. However, it simultaneously underscores the fact that there are no simple explanations or easy solutions to the problem. It also explores the different ways the media can improve and exacerbate these situations.

Shots Fired is compelling, but at times it feels overambitious, thanks to some underdeveloped secondary storylines and characters. Some of the casts' personal narratives, most notably Ashe Akino's anger management problems, are threaded awkwardly throughout. But these flaws aren't enough to take away from the powerful and painful message it delivers about America's continued struggle to find common ground when it comes to race.

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