Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Critics Consensus

While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.

80%

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Critic Ratings: 15

92%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 75
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 4, 2019
2
Air date: Sep 4, 2019
3
Air date: Sep 4, 2019
4
Air date: Sep 11, 2019
5
Air date: Sep 18, 2019
6
Air date: Sep 25, 2019
7
Air date: Oct 2, 2019
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Air date: Oct 9, 2019
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Air date: Oct 16, 2019
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Cast

Ashton Sanders
as Bobby "The RZA" Diggs
Shameik Moore
as Sha Rader
Dave East
as Shotgun
Siddiq Saunderson
as Dennis "D-Love" Coles
Marcus Callender
as Oliver "Power" Grant
Julian Elijah Martinez
as Mitchell "Divine" Diggs
Zolee Griggs
as Shurrie
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Critic Reviews for Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

The series undeniably feels most alive when the musical elements are made central... and the coming-of-age crime drama takes a back seat.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's good and so gritty you'll need to pick the grit from your teeth afterwards.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Dirty's every gesture-every swigged drink and slinky entrance-is dancerly, in a series that plays like a great piece of work about the quest to achieve freedom of movement.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Cliched crime show can't live up to rap group's legacy.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An inspirational success story which fans can see now see play out in Wu-Tang: An American Saga.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This eight part cliche stuffed dramatic telling... is just all over the place.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Stream it, though it does feel like Wu-Tang: An American Saga will need to quickly define its supporting characters to hold our interest.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Set against the physical and moral grayscale backdrop of Staten Island, Wu-Tang: An American Saga roars to life.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's powerful seeing the world Wu-Tang Clan grew out of and how success was their only salvation.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

An American Saga successfully paints them as such, reinforcing how impressive of a feat it was for those nine young men to unify and make history.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Solid performances align nicely with a heroic hip-hop origins tale.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

As its animated artwork at the opening credits would have you assume, Wu-Tang: An American Saga is beautifully shot and edited-but it also feels raw and genuine.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1

  • Nov 06, 2019
    fantastic tv serie love the acting, story and i demand minimum a season 2, 3, 4 :D
  • Oct 28, 2019
    This was amazingly entertaining. I really enjoyed reliving the 90's New York hip hop era. It was really educational, it put into perspective a lot of the lyrical content from my favorite hip hop group. I didn't enjoy the biggie or pac movies, they were weak, skinny on the details, didn't tell us or show us anything the fans didn't already know. The Wu was different it had a lot that nobody knew. Meth used to play Lacrosse, Rae used to work for Power, Power used to work for Dreads, Ghost and RZA hustled together, GZA first album was all industry politics. This is an exceptional series, high quality in all fronts.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Amazing show, can't wait for it's Season 2
  • Oct 27, 2019
    While this preliminary season of a fictionalized account of the Wu-Tang legacy (Dropping the same year as the more enticing doc series Wu-Tang: Of Mics and Men), An American Saga doesn't fully succeed in avoiding bio-pic cliches, but it thankfully retains much of the group's offbeat nature. Digging deep into the members' histories, the show weaves embellishment and fidelity to create an honorable tapestry to the Wu-Tang, and its best moments are when it realizes the group's signature humor. There are quite a few surprising scenarios here (I might have expected a Wu-Tang series to feature a fantasized kung-fu flick dub that uses vulgar slang words, but I certainly didn't expect a somber sequence featuring a Leonard Cohen song), and the filmmaking remains consistently strong, particularly in Labels, an episode that consists of five long-takes and authentically conveys the bullshit that artists deal with when taking on a record deal. Solid acting too, even if some casting is a bit questionable (Ashton Sanders just doesn't seem to embody RZA), and some narrative choices seem more pedestrian than the stylization would suggest. Fans of the crew should definitely watch this, but new comers are best to just listen to their excellent music instead, which (as is often the case with biopics) offers up far more excitement, satisfaction, drama and insight.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER SEASON
  • Oct 24, 2019
    Amazing Biopic, pounding sound track, good laughs and a true sense of the struggle it took to make it to the top.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    Loved it, and ready for more!
  • Oct 23, 2019
    I love it. Love the way it's set up. First of all not knowing who the characters are going in is perfect symbolism that Wu-Tang members were a bunch of nobodies coming together everything against them. As the series comes together you start realizing who's who. The show displays how important hard talent, hard work, perseverance, and always a bit of luck is so important to making it big. Phenomenal acting all around! ODB and Raekwon are on point everyone else is too but just had to mention those 2 because they've got the look down. Wu-Tang again and again
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Fantastic! Will be impatiently waiting for season 2.
  • Oct 22, 2019
    I can't stop watching it. Great cast and acting. The men are super sexy! Must watch!

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