TIME: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1 (2017)


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TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017

Kalief Browder seeks justice from New York City for his three-year imprisonment at Rikers Island and wrongful arrest; Kalief's deposition proves to be treacherous as he must answer questions about his troubled past.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2017

A look at the early days of Kalief's incarceration at Rikers Island, where he gets introduced to a world of violence, corruption and gangs, forcing Kalief to defend himself from all sides.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2017

Kalief refuses to plead guilty in his case, demanding a trial; Kalief is caught in the revolving door of solitary confinement and endures torture in the name of justice while his case crawls through a stagnant court.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2017

After a delay in the case, a missing witness is found that reveals sloppy detective work; Kalief is faced with time served but refuses to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit, and is released a month later without explanation.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2017

Kalief becomes a folk hero and the poster child of a broken system, attracting journalists and celebrities as he fights for justice, but he begins to deteriorate under the bright spotlight of the media.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2017

Family tensions are high when Kalief's estranged father tries to take over the case and settlement negotiation; Kalief's mother Venida fights depression and bad health, and suffers a massive heart attack.

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Cast & Crew

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
David Glasser
Executive Producer
Jenner Furst
Executive Producer
Nick Sandow
Executive Producer
Julia Willoughby Nason
Executive Producer
Michael Gasparro
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Critic Reviews for TIME: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1

Audience Reviews for TIME: The Kalief Browder Story: Season 1

  • Aug 03, 2018
    Unbearably painful Created by Julia Willoughby-Nason, Jenner Furst, and Nick Sandow, directed by Furst, and with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Harvey Weinstein serving as executive producers, this six-part documentary tells the almost unbearably tragic story of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. With his family unable to afford the $900 bail, Browder spent 1,111 days in Rikers, despite never being convicted of a crime. Turning down nine plea deals, Browder refused to admit to something he didn't do just so he could go home. With his case brought to court and delayed multiple times, Browder spent over 800 days in solitary confinement, where his mental health rapidly deteriorated. Indeed, the episodes dealing with his time in Rikers, and the experience and effects of long-term solitary confinement, are almost too horrific to bear. Were this fiction, the litany of abuses he suffers, and the details of how the system failed him, would be rejected as ridiculous, with his nightmare continuing even upon his release; in two separate incidents, he was shot and stabbed, and was later sectioned, as he became increasingly paranoid and unstable. Telling the parallel story of the anguish of his doting mother, if I had one criticism, it would be that the narrative is stretched too thin. Much like The Keepers, there isn't enough material here to warrant this many episodes, and it does lapse into repetition at times. Nevertheless, this is harrowing stuff; highly recommended.
  • Feb 27, 2018
    If I could rate this lower I would. It's genuinely boring. Too much back story. Tell me the facts of the case and stop showing me interviews with irrelevant people. Making a murderer got through an entire trial in one episode. Two episodes into this and I know nothing more than what I saw in the trailer.
  • Oct 19, 2017
    A must watch.. Amazing!

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