Shots Fired: Season 1 Reviews

March 23, 2017
Shots Fired has melded commercial and artistic impulses to create a highly entertaining series about entrenched racism.
March 23, 2017
It's rare to see such a cross-section of life on TV, but Shots Fired, with empathy, grit and outrage, pulls it off.
Top Critic
March 23, 2017
Given how polarized our real-life political dialogue has become, it's great to see an ambitious series tackle a tough social issue by asking viewers to feel a little empathy, first.
March 22, 2017
While Shots Fired lumbers as an issue drama, it's diverting enough as a cop show.
March 22, 2017
It'll be worth sticking it out, because when it does manage to stay on course, Shots Fired is a pertinent and riveting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 22, 2017
Shots Fired, while sometimes obvious in its execution, is more complex than that, unfolding a story that's ambitious and - unusually for a broadcast-TV drama - very race-conscious.
March 22, 2017
Shots Fired is admirably ambitious and impeccably cast, if occasionally hampered by some overly conventional narrative choices. It's a very good show - only in a TV landscape where the bar is now set so high does it just miss earning a "great."
Top Critic
March 22, 2017
Ambitious and intelligent, but also a sprawl that can't quite master all the big themes and ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 22, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 22, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 22, 2017
The great cast and cultural relevance keep it interesting in ways that most current network TV isn't.
March 21, 2017
It does get better after the bloviating pilot, but if it wants to be on the same level as ABC's American Crime, it needs better writing to match the quality of the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2017
In the end, you can't help feeling that what you're really watching is a good, small movie idea that got buried under the avalanche of a major TV project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2017
It's not a typical crime procedural offering instant gratification. It's entertainment in the quest of some truth.
March 17, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2017
The strength of the cast overrides some of the plot's contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2017
Shots Fired, however well intentioned, misses the mark.
March 9, 2017
The personal and the policy stuff don't always mesh perfectly, but if adding soap gets a few more people to open their minds, it will be worth it.
January 26, 2017
A worthy and excellent new series that works as both a television drama and an interlocking array of engagements with some of the most thorny issues of our time.
January 26, 2017
In its passion and in several performances, there is much to admire here.