Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Now on Netflix: American Crime, Season 3 (2017)

American Crime, Season 3 (2017) - Created by John Ridley; Starring Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Benito Martinez, Dallas Roberts, Janel Moloney, Cherry Jones.

By Kenny Howell

Somewhere lost in the This is Us hubbub in the past year, which many people consider the best network TV has to offer, was the actual best TV show that network has to offer - American Crime.

And, of course, it is now going off the air.

The last season of John Ridley's terrific anthology drama deals with several stories of humans used as commerce. An immigrant father (Benito Martinez) comes to North Carolina to find his son who had gone missing from his job picking fruit in the fields. A under age girl (Ana Mulvoy Ten) is working as a prostitute when her pimp is busted by the police, and a social worker (played brilliantly by Regina King), tries to help her get back on her feet. A woman (Felicity Huffman) deals with the fact that her husband's family farm was the site of a tragic accident where several migrant farm workers died in a fire in one the trailers that houses them. A woman (Lili Taylor) brings a Haitian woman to be a nanny to her son.

All these stories don't really interweave very often or at all, they just exist in the same world. They blend so well, which is in achievement on its own that they aren't one bigger story that the story is trying to tell.

It is a true testament to the series, which started with a murder mystery and examination of racism in its first season, then tackled bullying in its second, and now this examination of immigration and trafficking. It used all three seasons to really delve into American issues, and did it in a constrained network environment. This seems like a cable drama, and it's a shame it can't find a new home in that world. It's just a shame all together that we just won't have more of this brilliant season to watch.

All three seasons of American Crime are now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***1/2

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