Seven Seconds: Season 1 (2018)

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Seven Seconds

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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.



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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 (20)

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

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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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…

Seven Seconds isn't as powerful as her ABC series, but [Regina] King is riveting as the grieving mother whose religious faith faces the ultimate test.

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…

The setup is fine, and the potential for the show to explore some of the fault-lines that run through racial and social divisions is promising.

Apr 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Stands out as a great crime drama that at the same time reflects the racial divides in the country as only a mournful show about a blood stain at the foot of the Statue of Liberty can be.

Feb 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Seven Seconds: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2020
    Seven Seconds is an American drama television series in ten episodes of approximately 60 minutes created by Veena Sud after the Russian film Le Major written and directed by Youri Bykov. When we have seen this series, we can only think that for some time films and series have scenarios this turning towards the racial temptations which plague the USA and by appropriation of other countries, but here it is the United States. United States of America, and we highlight the problems between the police and minorities, (by extension we can also look at inequalities with the justice too). When we have seen this series or others dealing with this kind of violence and inequality, one can only say, that the events that are shaking America today (The George Floyd Affair), was predictable and that 'such a thing (revolt by these racist excesses) had to end up happening. This series treated with intelligence and with a wonderful cast (which enhances the strength and the value of the facts in question) and this is not the first time that these manifest inequalities have aroused American public opinion, with these too many social injustices and racial and also denounces that of its macho culture. The series is addictive with its effective script or each episode we want to know more. This does not make it an indictment, but rather a simple statement of the facts. A series that will have the merit of not being so quickly forgotten.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    really good series about a hit and run which turns into much heavier crime, clashes against police and black community, race crimes and other issues.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    I'm drawn in - Regina King is always fabulous. I don't like that the narcs are a mirror image of Training Day with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Loved this series! It is so heart wrenching and at times frustrating because part of you really wants them to come forward and the other half of you doesn't see the point anymore because, it feels like it is just going to make things harder for more people who had no part in what happened.
  • Feb 01, 2020
    I really liked this show! I had put off watching it for a long time, but once I started I ended up binge watching it to see how it played out. I thought the acting was very good.
  • Oct 31, 2019
    Awesome: both plot and characters psychology. Best series in the last 5 years
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Overlong, it could have been much better in 4 episodes rather than 10. The acting was wooden, the dialogue clumsy. The only relief was Michael Mosely as Fish. A shame, because the subject matter was important, and the storyline held the attention.
  • 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,

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