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 (27)

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

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Snowfall: Season 1

An insightful look into the world of drug wars during the 1980s. It's not NARCOs but it is very addicting storytelling.

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.

Boring and cliched Snowfall gives us a story that is impossible to care about.

great show!!! im hooked

I love it! I’ve studied the real rick Ross and it is so similar. I hope to see many seasons more!

incredible acting and writing

love it... just started watching season 1.... ssssooo good... the main actor is amazing... and british.... wwwhhhhaaatttt!!!

Great story, great acting great show!!!!

This show Snowfall is so on point !! I love the story line and it has alot of action and drama. John Singleton puts us right in the middle of the begining of how the crack epidemic. I really love this show !! Great cast that was put together beautifully.

authentic tv show, good work FX.

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