TV Review: Shots Fired is some of the most ambitious event television ever

There are multiple investigations at the heart of Shots Fired, a new limited series from filmmakers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. The most high-profile among them centers on the shooting of an unarmed white man by a black police officer, a kind of shoe-on-the-other-foot scenario that revives the national discussion about police accountability. This young man’s death draws national news and elicits a personal promise from the governor (Helen Hunt) that someone will be held responsible, and you can probably guess why. The incident easily overshadows the shooting death of a young black man that happened only days prior, which is only under scrutiny at the behest of his grieving mother. Finally, we have the series creators’ exploration of the two deaths and all the external forces acting on their resolution.

If that sounds like a lot to cram into a limited series, it’s because it is …

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