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American Crime

2015 American crime drama television series

American Crime

Director John Ridley, Millicent Shelton, Gregg Araki, So Yong Kim, Victoria Mahoney, Steph Green, Tanya Hamilton, Joshua Marston, Hanelle Culpepper, Nicole Kassell, Sam Miller, Rachel Morrison, Jessica Yu, Clement Virgo, Kimberly Peirce and James Kent
Duration 43 minutes
Genre crime film and LGBTI+ related TV series
Composer Mark Isham
Production company ABC Studios
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter John Ridley
Producer John Ridley
Number of episodes 29
Number of seasons 3

About American Crime

American Crime, the critically acclaimed television show created by John Ridley, premiered in 2015 and quickly became a standout in the crowded landscape of crime dramas. The show's first season tackled issues of race, class, and justice in America, following the aftermath of a brutal home invasion in Modesto, California. The ensemble cast, including Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, and Regina King, delivered powerful performances that earned them multiple Emmy nominations.

Ridley's writing was praised for its nuanced exploration of complex social issues, as well as its refusal to offer easy answers or tidy resolutions. The show's second season shifted its focus to a different crime and a new set of characters, but continued to delve into themes of inequality and systemic injustice. The addition of actors like Andre Benjamin and Lili Taylor added even more depth to the already impressive ensemble.

American Crime was not always an easy show to watch, but it was always thought-provoking and emotionally resonant. It tackled difficult topics with sensitivity and intelligence, and refused to shy away from uncomfortable truths. It was a show that demanded your attention and rewarded it with some of the most powerful storytelling on television.

Despite its critical acclaim, American Crime struggled in the ratings and was ultimately cancelled after three seasons. But its impact on the television landscape will be felt for years to come. It was a show that challenged viewers to confront uncomfortable truths about our society, and it did so with grace, intelligence, and a deep sense of empathy.


- "American Crime: Season 1" review by Brian Lowry, Variety

- "American Crime: Season 2" review by Maureen Ryan, Variety

- "American Crime: The Most Ambitious Show on TV" by Scott Tobias, The Guardian

- "American Crime: The Best Show You're Not Watching" by Jen Chaney, Vulture

Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


70 years, 5 months, 29 days


22 years, 9 months, 2 days

Born first

16 April 1953

Born last


Other cast and crew

Supporting cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


72 years, 9 months, 15 days


26 years, 6 months, 5 days

Born first


Born last

30 March 1997

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