Wednesday, 8 p.m., Fox

Summary

An small town in North Carolina is in turmoil after an unarmed white college student is killed by a African-American police officer and another unsolved murder of an African-American teenager leads to an investigation by the Department of Justice led by investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) and Special Prosecutor Preston Terry (Stephan James).

What The Critics Say (Metascore 66)

  • A worthy and excellent new series that works as both a television drama and an interlocking array of engagements with some of the most thorny issues of our time. Shots Fired resists easy villains and simple answers, even as it knits its many pointed questions into an accessible narrative that is laudably brisk and generally efficient. — Maureen Ryan, Variety
  • The cast is great, the production values are high, the mysteries at its core are interesting, the social messages it’s playing with are important. If one wishes the overall picture was a little better, it’s only because of how much of this actually works. — Brian Tallerico, RobertEbert.com
  • While Shots Fired features a strong cast that includes Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt and Stephen Moyer, and name-checks real-life events like the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the program winds up mostly feeling like a tepid impersonation of a quality show. — Brian Lowry, CNN