New FX Series “Snowfall” Set During 80’s Crack Cocaine Epidemic
A gripping new series from “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton debuts on FX tonight. The show, which takes a gritty look at the 80’s crack cocaine epidemic, is so far receiving good critical reviews. Singleton says that the series is a personal project and that it tells a story from “an authentic black perspective.”
Singleton has worked in television before, such as directing episodes of Empire. Regarding his decision to create the show, he told UPROXX:
“I was like ‘What can I do?… I got it! We’ll do something about how cocaine changed everything in LA.’ Because you have these stories, these various drug stories in different mediums, from film to TV that have been told. It’s always from Miami or the East Coast version of it. The West Coast version of it has never really been told, ever. Ever. Until now.”
“Snowfall” consists of several stories that run parallel to each other. The main character of the show, Franklin, is a boy from South Central who rides the bus into a San Fernando Valley high school. The character is loosely based on Singleton, and Franklin decides to eschew college to become a drug dealer. Other characters include a Mexican wrestler who seeks to become a gangster and a CIA agent who traffics drugs to support South American anti-communist rebels.
Singleton had a bird’s eye view of the crack scene of the 80’s growing up in South Central. He told the Guardian:
“I remember friends who never had any money starting to have money. It was like, ‘OK, that’s where it’s coming from.’ I’ll never forget seeing kids I knew shaking down grown people for money they owed for drugs.”
Snowfall premieres on FX tonight at 10:00 pm. Eastern time. You can watch the trailer below.