Seven Seconds: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Seven Seconds

Critics Consensus

Seven Seconds is undermined by unlikable characters with somewhat predictable arcs, but its grim reflections of societal and racial division are brought to life by able performers and a fearless overall narrative.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 499
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Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018
Air date: Feb 23, 2018

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Seven Seconds is a powerful anthological crime thriller from acclaimed creator and executive producer Veena Sud (The Killing), starring two-time Emmy winner Regina King (American Crime) alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster). Ashitey portrays KJ Harper, a black assistant prosecutor assigned to the incident, with troubles of her own. She grapples with the weight of the case and what it will mean to bring justice not only for Brenton, but for the Black community. KJ works closely with the teen?s mother Latrice Butler (Regina King) who realizes there may be more to her son than she and her husband (Russell Hornsby) were aware of, and becomes consumed with finding out what happened. Seven Seconds tackles the controversial issues of race relations between law enforcement, the people they serve, and the personal stories of those involved. At its core, the series goes beyond the headlines, examining the impact a tragic accident has on a community and a family's need for answers and justice. The freshman series also stars Beau Knapp, Michael Mosely, David Lyons, Raul Castillo, and Zackary Momoh.


Clare-Hope Ashitey
as K.J. Harper
Raul Castillo
as Felix Osorio
Russell Hornsby
as Isaiah Butler
Regina King
as Latrice Butler
Beau Knapp
as Peter Jablonksi
Zackary Momoh
as Seth Butler
Michael Mosley
as Joe "Fish" Rinaldi
Patrick Murney
as Gary Wilcox
Michelle Veintimilla
as Marie Jablonski
Corey Champagne
as Kadeuce Porter
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Critic Reviews for Seven Seconds Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (19)

The series is worth sticking with, though, as the third act is a breath of fresh air. It turns into a gripping courtroom drama.

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is tough, unflinching and told with great skill...Sud's series is also almost documentary in style, telling this highly emotional story in all its intricate nuance.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A show that is so full of pregnant pauses and self-important segues that it becomes frustrating in the way it wallows in its darkness.

Feb 21, 2018 | Full Review…

In the end, Seven Seconds is a diverting watch made better by Regina Freaking King and a few powerful scenes scattered amidst an overwritten season.

Feb 26, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Seven Seconds accelerates at a steady pace, and the shock factor never falters.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If Seven Seconds is sometimes clumsy and slow to start, shifting from legal drama to The Wire and back again, it gears up into something more reflective and more surprising.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet despite an outstanding performance by American Crime alum and multiple Emmy winner Regina King... , the succinctly titled Seven Seconds does not match the bottom line of a series that simply doesn't know when to end.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a timely drama that explores various angles and roles to paint a picture of the tangled web of a system that often fails Black Americans.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

If the writers could have cut about 15 minutes per episode (and trust me, they definitely could have) this show could have become a hit.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Keep your tissues close and your intersectional discourse closer because if this first episode is any indication, creator Veena Sud got us, fam.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seven Seconds: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2019
    Very slow moving but detailed and a good account of what life looks like in New Jersey being black. Shame Netflix cancelled season 2. I was hoping the other 3 cops would face justice.
  • May 03, 2019
    An exceptional series. There were several frustrating plot holes that had me yelling at the tv, all of which would not have happened in real life. I.e. Witness protection? Huge, gaping mistakes. Many of the characters had great potential also for further backgrounds, and some narratives began and then were not continued through to the end. What an amazing story it is, one that deserved another season or some more clarification.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    perfect for a limited series,
  • Mar 08, 2019
    Horrible excuse for a movie that perpetuates stereotypes and fails to show PIGS for the animals that they are. Instead it gives pigs a shade of innocence while allowing their shady ideas about black male youth into the film. Another fault with this horrible show is the fact that most of the black people in the film are involved with a gang or drugs. It's so clear this movie was written by someone who's NEVER lived within the black culture by the poor portrayal in this movie. Not every black person is gang affiliated and not every outstanding black man is gay. There's a variety of backgrounds within the culture.
  • Jan 08, 2019
    I think this is one of the best TV series I've ever seen. I actually like the pace - but I can see why a few people thought it slow - they probably wanted it to be more entertaining - and it certainly wasn't that! The cast were phenomenal and the characters they portrayed were wrenchingly real - every single one! Some may not have been 'likable' but that was a strength for me, eg I didn't sympathise with Isaiah much until Episode Six - and suddenly he was completely understandable. So full credit to the writer/s and the director/s. For anyone who knows how close to social collapse Western civilisation is under neoliberalism this is a must-see! 15/10 from me.
  • Nov 15, 2018
    Seven Seconds shows the racial indifferences that we all go through everyday of our lives. There are many funny moments as well as heartbreaking moments that really makes you think. Amazing show.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Gritty drama, nice twist!
  • Oct 06, 2018
    Enjoyable in its entirety
  • Oct 03, 2018
    This was the most beautiful black first Netflix Series of all times. Audio/ Visuals, the performance by Regina King is the highest standards of propriety;
  • Sep 22, 2018
    very well executed i cried so much in the last episode. very real

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