American Crime: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
American Crime

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Raw, emotional portrayals of diverse characters in dire pain, mashed up with chilling narratives and a gutsy attitude make American Crime a must-see.



Critic Ratings: 47


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User Ratings: 732

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The first season of this anthology crime drama focuses on the aftermath and investigation of the murder of a veteran, Matt Skokie (Grant Merritt), and brutal assault of his wife, Gwen (Kira Pozehl). The story centers around the impact of the event on the victims' families, as well as the suspects and their loved ones. Matt's parents, Barb (Felicity Huffman) and her estranged ex-husband Russ (Timothy Hutton), struggle to cope with their son's death while relentlessly seeking to bring his killer to justice. They also clash with Gwen's parents, Tom (W. Earl Brown) and Eve (Penelope Ann Miller), as they endure the legal investigation and discover dark secrets about their children along the way. The narrative also follows the lives of the various suspects and examines the racial tensions that are prevalent within the legal system. The cast also features Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Elvis Nolasco, Benito Martinez and Johnny Ortiz.


Felicity Huffman
as Barb Hanlon
Timothy Hutton
as Russ Skokie
W. Earl Brown
as Tom Carlin
Richard Cabral
as Hector Tontz
Caitlin Gerard
as Aubry Taylor
Benito Martinez
as Alonzo Gutiérrez
Elvis Nolasco
as Carter Nix
Johnny Ortiz
as Tony Gutiérrez
Regina King
as Aliyah Shadeed
Gleendilys Inoa
as Jenny Gutiérrez
Lili Taylor
as Nancy Straumberg
Bob Hess
as Michael Taylor
Cedric Duplechain
as Timothy Little
Joe Nemmers
as Rick Soderbergh
Shelton Jolivette
as Minister Yousef
Marlyne Barrett
as Chris Thompson
Kattia Ortiz
as Sibila Nuñez
Ricky Catter
as Sanchez
Todd Terry
as Jackson
Lily Knight
as Colleen Sherrod
Barbara Chisholm
as Judge Days
Michael Clossin
as Judge Wilson
Kira Pozehl
as Gwen Skokie
David DeLao
as George Fierro
Hugo Perez
as Robles
Garrett Graham
as Brian Taylor
Pablo Bracho
as Raul Seravia
Kelli Bland
as Barista
Kedrick Brown
as Brad Joseph
Marshall R. Teague
as Ben Callahan
Luis Acevedo
as Officer Rodriguez
Leticia Trejo
as Esperanza
Gene Bolton
as Troublemaker 2
Dave Buckman
as Richter
Matt Connelly
as Mr. Hall
Jon Michael Davis
as Detective Sanderson
Darryl Cox
as Evan Barry
Davíd Garza
as Video Judge
Patrick Gathron
as Belligerent Protestor
Todd Upchurch
as Pastor James Bennett
Jesse DeLuna
as Officer Connors
Christian Gallegos
as Joaquin Montoya
Timothy Hoppock
as Officer Roberts
Lanell Pena
as Principal Hegera
Dawn Erin
as Jensen
Linda Leonard
as Lorietta
Jorge Ordonez
as Father Pena
Pablo Esparza
as Judge Perez
Randy De Hoyos
as Mexican Bailiff
Tony Sears
as Warren Copeland
Susan O'Rourke
as Sara Burnley
Grant Merritt
as Matt Skokie
Dan Silver
as Modesto Police Officer
Tony Sears
as Warren Copeland
Scott Takeda
as Mike Narasaki
Kathy Rose Center
as Woman Customer
Kathy Rose Center
as Woman Customer
Grady McCardell
as CO in Hallway
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Critic Reviews for American Crime Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (26)

This is an unflinching undertaking that is not only worth watching, but one that will inspire deep thought and dialogue long after the credits have rolled.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Rather than let human connections on screen create naturally empathetic feelings in the audience, each scene is driven home with a blunt force too heavy for the story's strengths.

Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's well worth a watch for the exceptional acting and the solid writing and directing.

Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The characters interact, the camera observes. And we marvel -- not only at the technique and the acting, but at the fullness of each individual point of view, detailing who these people are and how they got there.

Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…

What it lacks in fun, it makes up for in intelligence, complexity, and boldness. It's a network show about heavy, difficult, uncomfortable topics, and it expects, quite simply, an audience. It deserves one, too.

Mar 4, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I can say that American Crime is indeed filled with some impressive material, if you can get past the pretensions.

Mar 4, 2015 | Full Review…

At times, it becomes so self-serious it's almost satirical.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

American Crime is willfully difficult, refreshingly so. The rotating array of perspectives is fascinating, and it keeps the viewer off balance in a novel way.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

American Crime is an uncomfortable series, a drama that delves into underground conflicts that come to light at the worst possible time. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The acting is superb, particularly from principals Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, and Penelope Ann Miller. It's edited with innovative, ingenious cuts.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're willing to go along on a dark, downbeat journey that speaks to what's broken in contemporary American society, American Crime is the series you've been waiting for.

Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…

A strong cast and a trendy anthology format helps drive this unique ABC offering, delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for viewers.

Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Crime: Season 1

  • Jun 12, 2018
    why is this show off the air. season 1 finale, i cried, laughed, cried, paused, and cried again. This is could be a movie.
  • Feb 20, 2017
    just finished wasting 11 hrs. of my life watching American Crime season 1. Terrible acting, writing,subplots. Almost every character is unlikable, especially the politicly correct ones. Tries to be clever; turns out contrived. EPIC FAIL
  • Nov 23, 2016
    I just finished binge watching American Crime, season I didn't know anything about the show when I saw it on Netflix, and I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't seen it (and don't read anything about it either!!), but after watching this show, I feel like I've been on an extraordinary emotional experience-- The pace of this show is very quiet and slow--unlike most crime shows--and it takes a little while to get used to this quiet pacing...there are no real 'good' guys or real 'bad' guys, everyone is a shade of Grey...perhaps that's more like how we all are truly, in real life, a shade of Grey, but in a tv show this greyness often leaves something feeling missing, because we often go to tv (and movies) to escape, and part of the pleasure of escaping into the tv world, is that we know who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, because they're nicely labeled nicely for us in escapist tv and movie pleasure... American Crime doesn't cave to this hedonistic pleasure. So I plowed through the entire first season, at times not really sure how I felt about the show as a whole, and I have to say, American Crime pulls off one of the most touching and dramatic and beautiful moments of true tenderness and love that I've ever seen in a television show, in a completely and unexpected way, in the last episode of season 1-- It completely took my breath away-- But perhaps like working hard on a movie for a long time, or spending hours on a book and then finally getting to the point where you feel 'it's done', this moment in the last episode pays off mostly because of diligently going through the entire season, digesting the show, allowing its tempo to take hold of your heart, and also because of its element of surprise...not knowing anything about the show, so when it happens, you're If a visual medium could ever express true love (like how Beethoven's ninth symphony expresses true happiness), this moment is it. If you find yourself in the mood for a quiet, savoring drink...something beautiful, something thoughtful, something biting, something loving, something questioning, something dark... Then watch American Crime season 1.
  • Feb 29, 2016
    are you serious? i cant beleive anybody would rate this above a waste of time.the beleivability was gone along with any critics credibility for saying this was good in any form. i want to know who paid the critics for their reveiws and how entertainment deprived abc veiwers are to suggest awards outside of the toilet bowl tidy. somebody should owe us money for wasting our time on such a level of 11 episodes. an 83 audience score has the learning curve of +80.
  • Dec 31, 2015
    A-mazing! From the story, characters to the full cast A++++++
  • Sep 27, 2015
    American Crime has its heart in the right place, but it is drowning itself in melodrama.
  • Sep 17, 2015
    A series-long great movie.
  • Sep 08, 2015
    Dull. Very realistic, and who needs real life on TV? I get that every day.
  • Aug 31, 2015
    Well thought out, well scripted and well acted. Hard to believe this came from ABC.
  • Aug 30, 2015
    Could they get a few writers who don't have schizophrenia because that was the most disjointed, excruciating crap I've ever watched. It never got good and I couldn't believe that anyone liked that senseless drivel.

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