61st STREET: SEASON ONE
Starring: Courtney B. Vance, Tosin Cole, Bentley Green, Aunjanue Ellis, Holt McCallany, Andrene Ward-Hammond, Jerod Haynes, and Mark O’Brien
Creator: Peter Moffat
While AMC’s 61st Street isn’t a bad show, it might be one of the more generic “racial messaging” shows I’ve seen in quite some time. Every aspect of it, of which there are too many to mention because the writers legitimately throw every racism-in-the-face-of-a-broken-judicial-system cliché at you, will remind you of similar shows that were more thoughtful, more nuanced, and less heavy-handed. Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, and the always underrated Holt McCallany manage to keep the show from sliding into full blown triteness, even if, despite the story’s relevancy, it doesn’t demand too much of the viewer.