Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Critics Consensus

While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 20
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Air date: Sep 4, 2019
Air date: Sep 4, 2019
Air date: Sep 4, 2019
Air date: Sep 11, 2019

Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1 Videos

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Ashton Sanders
as Bobby "The RZA" Diggs
Shameik Moore
as Sha Rader
Dave East
as Shotgun
Siddiq Saunderson
as Dennis "D-Love" Coles
Marcus Callender
as Oliver "Power" Grant
Julian Elijah Martinez
as Mitchell "Divine" Diggs
Zolee Griggs
as Shurrie
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Critic Reviews for Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The series undeniably feels most alive when the musical elements are made central... and the coming-of-age crime drama takes a back seat.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's good and so gritty you'll need to pick the grit from your teeth afterwards.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An inspirational success story which fans can see now see play out in Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This eight part cliche stuffed dramatic telling... is just all over the place.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

As its animated artwork at the opening credits would have you assume, Wu-Tang: An American Saga is beautifully shot and edited-but it also feels raw and genuine.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Set against the physical and moral grayscale backdrop of Staten Island, Wu-Tang: An American Saga roars to life.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An American Saga successfully paints them as such, reinforcing how impressive of a feat it was for those nine young men to unify and make history.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Solid performances align nicely with a heroic hip-hop origins tale.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Stream it, though it does feel like Wu-Tang: An American Saga will need to quickly define its supporting characters to hold our interest.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

A dense look at how it all came together, with a strong cast that includes Ashton Sanders ("Moonlight") as Bobby Diggs, a.k.a. RZA. Even so, with that much time to fill, the pacing doesn't exhibit much sense of urgency.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1

  • 5h ago
    Really got me from the get go. Love how the characters come together. You don't need to be from the streets or black to relate to the characters and the story. Just good storytelling and acting.
  • 3d ago
    Pretty cool to how it all started for the greatest rap group ever!
  • 4d ago
    the best show on tv rn wu tang forever
  • 5d ago
    I've been a long time fan of the Wu, since 1997, when I first heard them, and I loved the first 3 episodes. The only complaints I've got, is that Young Dirty Bastard (Ol' Dirty Bastard's real son), should have played him. And, the actors that play RZA, Ghost & Rae, don't look anything like them. But they're still great actors none the less. The actor playing Raekwon, at least has Rae's swagger & mannerisms down perfectly. So at the end of the day, its understandable why RZA chose them. Besides that, it's been an incredible story so far. I had no idea that Raekwon & Ghostface, were worst enemies, and literally trying to murder each other. That really took me by surprise, as a long time fan. Especially, considering the fact, that out of the whole group, Raekwon & Ghostface somehow must have managed to not only squash the beef entirely, but to even become best friends, on top of that! And they collaborated together on multiple albums. I'm intrigued to see how they end they're beef eventually. And I love how the RZA brought animated segments into the show, depicting drug-users, as different animals. The animated segments, had a very Ralph Bakshi kind of style to them. I'm also happy to see that RZA brought a bunch of his Kung-Fu influences into the show. The actor they chose to play as Rakim, at the Eric B & Rakim concert, absolutely nailed it! I both looked & sounded exactly like Rakim. All in all, I've gotta give this a 5 star rating. This series is off to a great start, and I can't wait to see more. Bravo RZA & Alex Tse.
  • 5d ago
    A gritty and epic coming of age tale that's a must watch for anyone into hip-hop, or music in general.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Epic show can't wait till more episodes come out
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Nick Shauger of the Daily Beast wrote a horrible review and he clearly knows nothing of the struggle in The Hood USA. He criticizes the fact that the hustle was and is still very real. The show MUST not dismiss the reality of the "Hustle". This writer dismissed it as though there was another reality to portray in the early Wu Tang days. This is great work and every show that exposes the reality that exists for black men in the Hood should be celebrated because often times the streets was all they had. Nick is ashamed because his "group" has been keeping all the opportunity for themselves.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    If you're looking for a ‘feel good' story about a band, this is not it. So far (these first few episodes), you are walked step by step through the grit and grime of life in Staten Island. I'm interested to see how the next episodes will be.

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