Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX


The John Singleton drama series about the rise of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s follows a young street dealer named Franklin Saint (Damson Idris); Mexican wrestler Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta); CIA operative Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson); and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

What The Critics Say (Metascore 62)

  • The most striking thing about Snowfall, though, is that it never seems less exciting, less special, than when it’s doing the standard Scorsese/Tarantino thing and putting groups of treacherous men (and a few women) at cross purposes, then watching them threaten and bluff each other until the guns come out (or don’t). — Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture
  • At its best, Snowfall illustrates the unintended consequences and collateral damage associated with drugs — characters enter into new alliances at their peril — while revisiting the CIA’s role and shady dealings to advance its foreign-policy objectives. — Brian Lowry, CNN
  • There are times when Snowfall tries too hard for poignant irony, such as setting the scene of a vicious beat-down endured by young Franklin to the breezy beauty of Bill Withers’s song “Lovely Day.” But if you’re in the mood for a dark but sunny, meticulously detailed TV-show-as-novel narrative, Snowfall may draw you in. — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV