American Crime is an American anthology Crime-Drama TV series created by John Ridley for ABC. If one sticks to the belief that art reveals some critical aspect of being human, then American Crime is one of the best pieces of art I’ve seen in a network television series. The title may induce viewers to confuse themselves with expectations of a high-octane procedure; Those who anticipate such will be disappointed. Like Breaking Bad (without violence) American Crime operates on a much deeper, psychologically-tense, heartbreaking level. It touches the souls of its characters, representing each of them as they react and evolve from a single murder committed in Modesto, California. Described without spoilers, the series begins after the fact, immediately introduces us to eight main characters touched directly by the crime and who are stereotyped bluntly by race, religion, familiar position, lifestyle or psychological makeup. They react according to the type, but as the facts of the murder arise, the burden of carrying these conventions under such inconceivable circumstances forces each character to evolve or immerse himself more deeply and desperately in him.
To say that American crime reveals how really dirty life would be trite, a whopping euphemism. They are extremely diverse characters, linked by a singular event and inflicted with an immense pain. Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Penelope Ann Miller, Benito Martinez and the ever-lowered Earl Brown (Dan Dority of Deadwood, for a television reference). Creator John Ridley wisely chose to develop the series anthologically; As a True Detective, characters draw viewers into a world they never see again and while the trip is richly satisfying, it’s also so disturbing that you can not imagine that it continues through 12 episodes, season after season.