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SLATE: PHILLY D.A. is one of the TOP 5 TV shows of 2021!

4. The documentary series Philly D.A. (PBS/Topic) is sort of like if Aaron Sorkin and The Wire had a nonfiction baby. It follows the progressive defense attorney Larry Krasner just as he was elected, in 2017, to lead Philadelphia’s prosecutors’ office as an activist district attorney, out to end mass incarceration. When I say it’s like Sorkin, I mean…

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VOGUE calls Philly D.A. one of the best TV shows of 2021

How real, fundamental, sustainable change happens is something that’s been on many minds in the past year, and Philly D.A. is a riveting docuseries that sheds light on one corner of that tumultuous process. Filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar follow Larry Krasner, a civil rights attorney who sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times…

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The documentary filmmakers Ted Passon and Yoni Brook captured no trial scenes because of restrictions on shooting, but the sweeping story of efforts to reform the Philadelphia district attorney’s office involved themes of policing, security and equality far beyond the courthouse walls. District Attorney Larry Krasner (who won re-election in November), made for a prickly, passionate protagonist,…

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Philadelphia’s elected district attorney Larry Krasner represents a transformative force running through the American legal system: He is a career defense attorney who seeks to reform a punitive system. This clear-eyed documentary series explores the promise of and the challenges to his approach, with a city built of various opposed constituencies alternately embracing or rejecting…

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VOX: PHILLY D.A. is “essential viewing”

“If you ignore documentaries generally but enjoy a good prestige drama, there’s plenty for you here.” “If you want to change the world, is it best to enter the halls of power yourself so you can change the institutions in charge from the inside? Or is it better to stay agitating from the outside, where…

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SNAIL MAIL: “#1 Music Video of the Month” Pitchfork

For “Valentine,” the heartbroken title track from Snail Mail’s forthcoming sophomore album, Lindsey Jordan brilliantly unites Bridgerton-style period drama with a gory story of revenge. Dressed in ornate finery, Jordan plays the secret lover to an upper-class girl. The video cuts between stolen moments between the two and a packed gala where, faced with the girl’s…

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Larry Krasner File Boxes

NEW YORKER: “Captivating… feels more like a political thriller than a documentary”

In May, Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s progressive district attorney, beat back a primary challenge from Carlos Vega, a moderate Democrat. Since Philadelphia is a Democratic stronghold, Krasner is a shoo-in to win reëlection in November. The primary was viewed as a referendum on Krasner’s unorthodox approach to prosecution, which starts with the belief that shrinking the footprint of…

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The Washington Post names Philly D.A. “one of the best TV shows of 2021”

“Philly D.A.” has been compared endlessly to “The Wire,” and rightly so. An eight-part portrait of Larry Krasner, a civil rights attorney who was elected the head prosecutor of one of America’s most incarcerated cities in 2017 on a campaign of racial equity, the docuseries is a nuanced and sobering account of what it takes…

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Indiewire | “What is Philly D.A. and Why is it one of the years best shows?”

The heralded PBS docuseries is drawing comparisons to “The Wire” and… “The Office”? I’m relatively sure it’s the best documentary series of 2021. It’s certainly the most illuminating, enthralling, and impressive docuseries I’ve seen since Steve James’ “City So Real,”  Also, it’s pretty funny? Like, sneaky funny? It’s great. What a show. When it comes to…

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L.A. TIMES names Philly D.A. “one of the best TV shows of 2021”

In their eight-part “Independent Lens” documentary about newly elected Philadelphia Dist. Atty. Larry Krasner, whose reformist zeal becomes one of the city’s central flashpoints, filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook and Nicole Salazar achieve that rarest of feats: to produce “political” television that succeeds in dramatizing, at human scale, the most pressing issues of the moment — thorns…

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Time Magazine Names Philly D.A. “one of the best TV shows of 2021”

For a story that unfolds in conference rooms and government office suites, it’s quite a ride. Krasner fires scores of career prosecutors, takes on a powerful police union, fights conventional wisdom on probation and the opioid crisis. Granted incredible access, directors Ted Passon and Yoni Brook paint a portrait that feels favorable yet fair, capturing…

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NY TIMES | PHILLY D.A. “Critic’s Pick: The legal thriller we need right now…”

“Philly D.A.,” a new documentary series from “Independent Lens” on PBS, never steps inside a courtroom. There are no surprise witnesses, no brutal cross-examinations, no stunning verdicts. But it’s as captivating, timely and relevant a legal drama as you’re likely to watch this spring. The eight-part weekly series, which aired its first two episodes on…

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