Snowfall: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Despite Singleton's accurate recreation of 1983 Los Angeles and a strong lead performance from Damson Idris.Snowfall struggles to create a compelling drama from its separate storylines.



Critic Ratings: 63


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User Ratings: 264

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Air date: Jul 5, 2017

In the series premiere, street entrepreneur Franklin Saint enters the cocaine game; disgruntled CIA officer Teddy McDonald joins forces with a Contra soldier; and luchador wrestler Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata makes inroads with a Mexican cartel family.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2017

Franklin adjusts to the reality of his new enterprise; Teddy's distrust of Alejandro escalates; and Gustavo confronts his new partners.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2017

Franklin enlists help to retrieve his stolen property; Teddy receives an unexpected visitor in the midst of a weapons deal; and Gustavo, Lucia and Pedro seek a fall guy.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2017

Franklin and Leon deal with the thief; Teddy goes to extreme measures to protect the CIA; and Lucia and Gustavo connect in the aftermath of the previous night.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2017

Franklin's indecision causes issues at Jerome's 4th of July BBQ. Also: Teddy and Alejandro get stranded and Lucia's family vets Gustavo.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2017

Franklin turns to Jerome for guidance, resulting in an unexpected encounter. Also: Teddy contemplates a different future for his family and Gustavo and Lucia enlist business partners from Gustavo's past.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2017

Franklin, Leon and Kevin take a game?changing road trip. Also: Teddy deals with a sin from Alejandro's past and Lucia makes Gustavo's partnership official, much to Pedro's dismay.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2017

Franklin's business ramps up, causing a rift in his inexperienced crew. Also: Teddy pulls out all the stops to protect Alejandro and Lucia has a realization while visiting her dying father.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2017

Franklin suffers the cost of his business. Also: Teddy's mental state detoriorates as his situation worsens and Gustavo and Lucia discuss how they should proceed.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2017

Franklin solidifies his future; Teddy's hand is forced; and Lucia decides between business and family.

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Set in 1983 Los Angeles, where the crack cocaine epidemic is about to hit and change countless lives. Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) is a drug dealer, striving to rise through the ranks of his drug organization and gain more power. Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) is a Mexican wrestler who finds himself involved with a crime family. Meanwhile, Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson) is a CIA agent who, after a misstep, gets banished to the L.A. office and will do anything to get his life back on track.

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Critic Reviews for Snowfall Season 1

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (33)

The best thing about "Snowfall" is the way it recreates the rhythms of life in 1983-era South Central Los Angeles.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Somewhere amid all the personalities and plot threads of Snowfall lies a compelling -- and even vital -- story.

Jul 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Doesn't so much remold the template for the drug-fueled drama as much as allow very well-drawn and well-performed characters to play within it.

Jul 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Snowfall will feel like too much work for some viewers. But those who stick with it will be rewarded with a drama that's both involving and important.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If anything, Snowfall is a series built on accuracy.

Jun 29, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Powering through all of them, which I did, yielded flash points of gripping storytelling en route to an extended season finale that mostly took predictable turns in setting up a planned Season 2.

Jul 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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While other shows that feature organized crime have found ways to be extremely funny, this one is missing this aspect.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

John Singleton's series works very well and leaves promise that there is still plenty to tell. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Created by Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton, Snowfall is less about up and coming drug dealers as the cycles of poverty and oppression that the drug trade provides an outlet for.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Snowfall's strongest attribute is putting human faces on these greater social trends.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a highly watchable show that is unafraid to get dirty and unwilling to needlessly glamorize 1980s LA.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Edgy show about the 80s crack epidemic is complex, mature.

Jul 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Snowfall: Season 1

  • Jun 04, 2020
    The details & accuracy of this show set back in time every detail on point it was truly phenomenal
  • May 20, 2020
    I think that snowfall is pretty good but it is very obvious where it draws its influences from. It sometimes feels like a shit 'the wire' with elements of many other crime shows such as 'Breaking Bad' etc. In certain episodes events are straight up just left out and it relies on exposition to explain the scenario (the plane crash for example). However, the finale kinda saves it as it very deftly and neatly ties together all of the characters and it has made me more excited to watch the next season than I initially was
  • Feb 21, 2020
    The great acting and unique storytelling style sets "Snowfall" apart from a lot of other shows.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Great series, explains the "Iran-Contra" angle and how our Government was involved...
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Great tv show I get excited every time
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Love this show!!!! Always on the edge of my seat.
  • Aug 27, 2019
    Can't believe I hadn't watched this earlier, great series, definitely binge worthy.
  • Jun 28, 2019
    I can't believe Snowfall only has a 62 on RT! That must be due to the drug content more than anything else because this show hooked me immediately and I binged through the episodes. Multiple protagonists are likable and even the CIA handler piques one's sympathies through moments of sheer intrigue. I usually hate fiction, and I hardly ever watch television shows, but this one provoked my curiosity; primarily due to being based on true events, but the storytelling kept me wanting to find out what happened next. So, another great series on FX... They did a great job on "Trust", but that was a star-studded cast; this ensemble is composed of fresh faces, making the characters very believable. So, whatever they are doing over there seems like its producing some quality entertainment.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    An insightful look into the world of drug wars during the 1980s. It's not NARCOs but it is very addicting storytelling.
  • Oct 09, 2018
    Season 1 is slow moving at times, but the storylines are necessary as they begin to merge together early on in season 2. The lead, Damson Idris, will keep you watching. He makes you care about his character and he adds depth and meaning to his scenes. you should definitely watch season 1, so you are up-to-speed for season 2 because season 2 is a joyride. i get the feeling season 3 & future seasons will be even better.

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