Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz and Aliyah Shaddeed
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 p.m./ABC
The show features multiple storylines and focuses on race. There really isn’t any likeable characters to root for - at least not in the first episode. Russ Skokie (Hutton) and his ex-wife Barb (Huffman) learn that their son is dead. Russ is already a mess as he is a gambling addict and Barb is a no-nonsense bitter woman. They clearly can’t stand each other. Barb is convinced that an “illegal” killed her son. A second storyline features a drug-loving couple who will do anything for their next hit. A night out consists of finding spare change to split a beer at a local bar in hopes of finding a “John” to “entertain” so that they can buy more drugs. The story is terribly sad. And then there is hard-working auto shop owner Alonzo and his son Tony who is arrested for a murder. What a mess.
Many of TV’s drama series are mixed with bits of comedy. American Crime is neither one of those shows nor is it a “feel-good” one either. That isn’t to say that the show is not good. It is. It just isn’t enjoyable to watch. The acting is very good and the storyline is probably more realistic than many would like to admit. Christians will find themselves wanting a good Samaritan to join the cast and share the love of Christ because these people need it. If you watch TV to escape reality, this isn’t your show.