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Shots Fired: Season 1 (2017)



Critic Consensus: Shots Fired tackles tough topics commendably -- and remains consistently compelling despite an occasionally meandering plot.


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In Season 1 of "Shots Fired," a black police officer, Joshua Beck (Tristan Mack Wilds), shoots and kills an apparently unarmed white man during a routine traffic stop in a predominantly black neighborhood. An investigation begins and, through the work of prosecutor Preston Terry (Stephan James) and his partner Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan), it becomes clear that a shooting of a black teenager in the same neighborhood has been swept under the carpet despite rumors of police involvement. Elsewhere, as the tensions in the two cases ramp up, Ashe and Preston's personal relationships start to cause problems with their ability to work together and risk derailing their investigation, while local Pastor Janae James (Aisha Hinds) puts pressure on Governor Patricia Eamons (Helen Hunt) to do more for the black community in her state. Also starring Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer.


Stephen James
as Preston Terry
Helen Hunt
as Governor Patricia Eamons
Sanaa Lathan
as Ashe Akino
Stephen Moyer
as Lieutenant Breeland
Jill Hennessy
as Alicia Carr
Will Patton
as Sheriff Daniel Platt
DeWanda Wise
as Shameeka Campbell
Conor Leslie
as Sarah Ellis
Tristan Wilds
as Officer Joshua Beck
Beau Knapp
as Deputy Caleb Brooks
Aisha Hinds
as Pastor Janae James
Angel Bonanni
as Javier Cano
Kylen Davis
as Shawn Campbell
Mike Pniewski
as Julian Carroll
Jahlil Muhammad
as Jeremiah Beck
Liam Dance
as Christian Beck
L. Warren Young
as Eddie Beck
Manny Perez
as James Ruiz
Shamier Anderson
as Maceo Terry
William Leinbach
as Jesse Carr
Horus Runako
as Ivory Boyd
Alicia Sanz
as Paula Garnes
Erin Beute
as Sandra Breeland
Madison Thompson
as Katie Eamons
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
as Joey Campbell
Dennis Haysbert
as Quincy Terry
Nalini Sharma
as Ms. Hadad
Yohance Myles
as Leon Grant
Frank Corcoran
as Mayor Russell
Don A. King
as Dr. Koppell
Greg Sproles
as Deputy Ecklund
Loyd Estes Tarver III
as Desk Sergeant
Mel Chude
as Hassan
Wes McGee
as Sergeant Derkin
Alfred Mathias
as Darius Smith
Sope Aluko
as Judge Matthews
James Wesley McGee
as Sergeant Derkin
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Ambitious and intelligent, but also a sprawl that can't quite master all the big themes and ideas.

March 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shots Fired is still without any indictments while bobbing and weaving through various subplots. Still, it's drama of a fairly high order and relevancy on a network not known for such efforts.

March 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shots Fired may lack the precision of its auteur-driven predecessors, but it's taking its own path to starting a similar, vital discussion. That distinction alone is worth admiring.

March 22, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The great cast and cultural relevance keep it interesting in ways that most current network TV isn't.

March 22, 2017 | Full Review…

It's not a typical crime procedural offering instant gratification. It's entertainment in the quest of some truth.

March 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I'd like to report that Shots Fired... is prime rib. It's not, but the 10-part series comes close at times, thanks to a fierce performance from Sanaa Lathan and subtle directorial touches.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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