American Crime (ABC)
Set in the U.S. Midwest -- representative of the canvas that is America -- at two high schools, one public and one private. Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine, are posted on social media following a school party. Circumstances become more complicated when Taylor accuses two players on an elite private high school's championship basketball team, Kevin LaCroix and Eric Tanner, of drugging, assaulting and then posting the pictures of him online.
"American Crime excels even when -- especially when -- it's dark and hard to watch." - Pilot Viruet, AV Club
"It is, to use a friend's formulation, a show that teaches you how to watch it, and by the harrowing finale - a portrait of mostly broken but infrequently redeemed lives - I was entranced by it." - Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture
"John Ridley's American Crime is one of television's most underrated shows, and one of its most consistently engaging on an artistic level." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"It is as good as anything created for premium cable in recent years - finely written, exquisitely made and it has the serious heft of sober sociological analysis. As drama, it is formidably gripping." John Doyle, The Globe and Mail