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Snowfall: Season 1 (2017)




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


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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.


Damson Idris
as Franklin Saint
Sergio Peris-Mencheta
as Gustavo Zapata
Carter Hudson
as Teddy McDonald
Michael Hyatt
as Cissy Saint
Emily Rios
as Luica Villanueva
Amin Joseph
as Jerome Saint
Angela Lewis
as Aunt Louie
Isaiah John
as Leon Simmons
Alon Aboutboul
as Avi Drexler
Malcolm Mays
as Kevin Halmilton
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Critic Reviews for Snowfall: Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (24)

The show is a rush and a joy to watch...

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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

July 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.

July 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.

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

If anything, Snowfall is a series built on accuracy.

June 29, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

July 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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