AIRDATE: Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 10.00pm on ABC
Season 2 Episode 1
Issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a roil when lurid photos of a high school boy, Taylor Blaine, are posted on social media following a school party, on the season premiere of “American Crime (part of our must see for 2016 list)”.
After the shocking photos of Taylor are posted, circumstances become more complicated when he 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. The team’s head coach, Dan Sullivan, tries to unite the players while overlooking the dysfunction of his own family.
Headmistress Leslie Graham struggles to maintain the school’s reputation in the face of these accusations of privilege and cover up. Taylor’s mother, Anne, remains a steadfast supporter of her son despite being publicly assailed by the school’s wealthy families. Taylor’s girlfriend, Evy, deals with racial tension at her own school, led by Principal Chris Dixon. And while the two schools at the center of the story are worlds apart in status, the lives of the students and teachers at both become inextricably linked.
Regular cast: Felicity Huffman as Leslie Graham, Timothy Hutton as Dan Sullivan, Lili Taylor as Anne Blaine, Elvis Nolasco as Chris Dixon, Trevor Jackson as Kevin LaCroix, Connor Jessup as Taylor Blaine, Joey Pollari as Eric Tanner, Angelique Rivera as Evy Dominguez and Regina King as Terri LaCroix.
Guest cast: Andre Benjamin as Michael LaCroix, Hope Davis as Steph Sullivan, Faran Tahir as Rhys Bashir, Sky Van Vliet as Becca Sullivan, Osvaldo Fernandez as Javier Dominguez, Andre Williams as LeSean, Michael Seitz as Wes, Mone’t Chandler as Val Wright, Adriene Misher as choreographer, Chuck Huber as Dean Hanson, Christina Romero as Marie Dominguez, Karina D. Smith as Mrs. Hicks, Jenna Juul-Hansen as Ms. Reid, Michael Gardner as Officer Simmons, Barri Pearson as pep band – rapper, Pierce Bailey as dancer #1, Delaney Jaclyn Handl as dancer #2, Jason Small as Wayne, Chance Hartman as 911 operator (vo), LaTasha Lee Robinson as banquet band #1 – singer, Caitlin A. McGee as cheerleader and James Shuffield as Eagles coach.
Written and directed by John Ridley.