In 2009, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned of the danger of a single story. In the years since, we’ve witnessed an explosion of stories.

We’re in the midst of a television storytelling renaissance – enough quality television programming for the industry to wring their hands about “Peak TV” and anticipate the bursting of TV’s bubble. But while we may have more stories than ever playing across our screens (and waiting patiently in our Netflix queues), few manage to find new ways to tell those familiar stories. As Adichie cautioned, when we tell a single story, it risks becoming the only story.

This spring, however, two similarly named television series – ABC’s “American Crime” and FX’s “American Crime Story” – take their time to unravel seemingly monolithic stories of American violence.

Both anthology series find a new way to tell familiar stories, grappling with the perverse pleasures and pressures in retelling singular stories. Both series reveal the failures of the stories we tell and our misplaced faith in their explanatory powers.

Read the full post at Newfound.


Photo by Malik Earnest on Unsplash.

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