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


Season 1
Time: The Kalief Browder Story

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017

In the series premiere, the story of a teenager wrongfully charged with theft and jailed at Riker's Island prison for over 1,000 days in spotlighted.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2017

The early days of Kalief's incarnation on Rikers Island are spotlighted.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2017

Kalief refuses to plead guilty in his case and demands a trial, but is caught in the revolving door of solitary confinement as his 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, revealing sloppy detective work. Kalief is faced with time served but refuses to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit. He 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 the likes of Journalists and celebrities as he fights for justice. He begins to deteriorate under the bright spotlight of the media.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2017

Family tensions increase when Kalief's estranged father tries to take over the case and settlement negotiation. Later: Kalief's mother suffers a massive heart attack.

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Critic Reviews for Time: The Kalief Browder Story Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

You may think you know all you need to about Kalief Browder. I did. I was wrong.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

This particularly well-produced film insists that even in death, Kalief Browder can still change a broken system -- and must.

Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Time is an important contribution to the true-crime documentary genre, one that sheds light on a whole host of issues.

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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By the end of the first episode, I was hooked, and was convinced that this is a story that's both compelling and important.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Time is a brave moment of truth-telling that rips the band-aid of fiction off contemporary television retellings of corruption, injustice, and systemic racism in this country.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story desperately needs to be told. It's a damning series that outlines where we will continue to head, and what we will go on seeing if something drastic does not happen to turn things in a new direction.

Apr 12, 2017 | Full Review…

We consider a speedy trial one of the bedrocks of our criminal justice system. The idea that a teenager would be locked up in solitary for more than 800 days is horrific.

Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Some may find these detailed discussions a little slow, while others may find the more emotional moments a little sensational. But the overall docu-series is an important, and often painful, reminder of the need for prison reform throughout the nation.

Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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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