Thursday, May 4, 2017

American Crime 2017

     This third season is divided into stories about different groups of people being exploited in the United States.  An undocumented worker from Mexico comes to an agricultural community to find out what happened to his teenage son.  He finds workers have died living in small over crowded trailers that caught fire.  Jeannette feels the farm should be doing more to protect and help these workers.  Her sister-in-law, her husband and her brother-in-law are not in agreement with her ideas and they have more power with the farm.  Kimara is a social worker trying to help young teens being exploited by pimps and webcam houses.  Clair hires a nanny from Haiti to help her with her young son Nicky.  Her husband is not in favor of this arrangement and he’s struggling with the profitability of their furniture business.  He takes his bitterness out on Clair. 
     It’s difficult to watch workers, teens, married and single parent women with children struggle.  Kimara is doing all she can but she is hindered by the lack of places for teens to stay and the limited budget for these services.  Jeanette tries to get a job after years out of the workforce but it’s much more difficult than she imagined.  Her sister has a low paying job and she struggles with providing for her two daughters.  Her sister also has a problem with staying off of drugs and she’s on probation.  I like that each character and story is developed so the viewers feel a connection with them and their particular situation.  4* (I really liked this series)

42 min each episode, 8 episodes, TV Drama, created by John Ridley with Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Jessica Yu, Julie Hebert, Steph Green, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, John Krokidas, Victoria Mahoney, Ramsey Nickell, Richard Cabral.

Note:  Imdb 7.7 out of 10, 97% critic 87% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon Video 4.7* out of 5* with 12 reviews, Metacritic 90 out of 100 with 26 critics 8.2 out of 10 with 26 ratings.  The third season has received more acclaim from critics than the first two seasons.

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