Before CBS' drama 'The Red Line' premieres, here are five other shows that explore race
While the series is still a month away from the premiere, we have compiled a list of shows like 'The Red Line' that tackle issues of race and socio-political environment
CBS' latest drama on race 'The Red Line' is due to premiere on April 28, where the channel will release the eight-episode event series over a span of four weeks.
'The Red Line' begins with the wrongful shooting of an African American doctor by a Caucasian Chicago police officer after a convenience store robbery goes awry. The story then follows three different Chicago families connected by this tragedy in a journey towards hope against hope, healing and forgiveness.
While the series is still a month away from the premiere, we compiled a list of shows like 'The Red Line' that tackle issues of race and socio-political environment:
Fox's American drama television miniseries stars Stephan James as DOJ lawyer Preston Terry and Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, a DOJ expert investigator. Through a thrilling, fast-paced, earnest and at times overwhelming storyline, 'Shots Fired' tackles race relations in a handsomely directed manner. While the show itself has received mixed reviews, it gets brownie points for interesting characters (especially women), timeliness, and its ambitious vision.
We rate: 3.5/5
Netflix may have killed 'Luke Cage' after only two seasons but it was favorite of many when it was on.
The Marvel superhero series gives the audience an insight into the history of Harlem and tells its story through the perspective of a begrudging superhero who is out on the streets to protect his community. The series features legends like Ron Cephas Jones, Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard. For history lovers, there are hidden Easter eggs where important historical figures are mentioned as a testament to their achievements.
We rate: 3/5
American crime drama series 'Power' is created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp, known for 'The Good Wife'.
Starz network's 'Power' chronicles the story of a ruthless drug dealer James St Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick) under the nickname Ghost. In a very The Godfather-like attempt, James wishes to quit the criminal world in order to concentrate and support his legitimate business as a nightclub owner. While the show is gritty, brisk and fast-paced, it has received some amount of criticism, particularly, "excessive plotting and the use of overly familiar by-the-numbers story elements."
We rate: 2.9/5
Coming from executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Craig Wright as part of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), 'Greenleaf' is a drama that shows the scandals, secrets, lies and religious politics of the Black church. The show has received positive reviews mostly for the performances of the actors - particularly Merle Dandridge (who plays Pastor Grace 'Gigi' Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (as Daisy Mae Greenleaf) and Keith David (as Bishop James Greenleaf).
Oprah Winfrey is a part of the recurring cast in her role of Mavis McCready, Mae's and Mac's (Robert Mac McCready played by Gregory Alan Williams) sister.
We rate: 3.5/5
Reggie Yates Outside Man
British actor Reggie Yates is perhaps most popular for his roles as Leo Jones in 'Doctor Who'. But his factual entertainment series on BBC Three, 'Reggie Yates Outside Man' is one that requires more attention.
Yates travels the world and explores a plethora of complex subjects in the docuseries Outside Man. From adventures in Russia and South Africa, Yates covers issues of racism, race relations, gay rights, public's relationship with the police and gun violence.
The series was nominated for National Television Awards under the category of factual entertainment in 2017.
We rate: 3/5