Seven Seconds (TV series)

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Seven Seconds
GenreCrime drama
Created byVeena Sud
Based onThe Major
by Yuri Bykov
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • Jonathan Filley
  • Shana Fishcer Huber
Running time54–80 minutes
Production companiesKMF Films
Bender Brown Productions
Fox 21 Television Studios
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)

Seven Seconds is an American crime drama streaming television series, based on the Russian film The Major written and directed by Yuri Bykov, that premiered on February 23, 2018, on Netflix.[1] The series, which is created, executive produced, and showrun by Veena Sud, follows the people involved in investigating the death of a Black teenager and his family as they reel after the loss. On April 18, 2018, Netflix confirmed there would not be a second season, deeming it a limited series.


Peter Jablonski, a white Polish-American Jersey City Police Department (named "New Jersey Police" in the movie) Narcotics Detective, accidentally hits and critically injures Brenton Butler—a Black teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey—with his car. Jablonski calls his fellow police officers that work Narcotics Division with him to the scene. They assume Brenton is dead and a cover-up ensues. Racial tensions explode in the face of injustice and the absence of quick resolution of the case. [2]

Cast and characters[edit]




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Gavin O'ConnorVeena SudFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
2"Brenton's Breath"Jonathan DemmeVeena SudFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
3"Matters of Life and Death"Jon AmielJ. David ShanksFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
4"That What Follows"Tanya HamiltonDan NowakFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
5"Of Gods and Men"Coky GiedroycShalisha FrancisFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
6"Until It Do"Ernest DickersonFrancesca SloaneFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
7"Boxed Devil"Ed BianchiRhett RossiFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
8"Bailed Out"Dan AttiasEvangeline OrdazFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
9"Witnesses for the Prosecution"Victoria MahoneyJohn LopezFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)
10"A Boy and a Bike"Ed BianchiVeena Sud & Shalisha FrancisFebruary 23, 2018 (2018-02-23)



Official poster

On October 18, 2016, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a one season series order consisting of 10 episodes. The series was created by Veena Sud with Gavin O'Connor attached to direct. Sud and O’Connor were expected to executive produce alongside Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown, and Alex Reznik. Production companies involved with the show include Fox 21 TV Studios.[3][4]

On April 18, 2018, Netflix announced they were not renewing the series for a second season.[5]


On October 25, 2016, it was announced that David Lyons and Beau Knapp had joined the show as series regulars.[6] On November 17, 2016, Russell Hornsby, Raul Castillo, and Zackary Momoh joined the main cast.[7] Later that month, Michael Mosley and Patrick Murney were cast as series regulars as well.[8] On December 1, 2016, it was confirmed that Regina King had been cast in the series regular role of Latrice Butler.[9] A few weeks later, Clare-Hope Ashitey was cast in the series' lead role of K.J. Harper.[10]


On January 24, 2018, Netflix released the official trailer for the series and a collection of first look images.[11]


Critical response[edit]

The series has received a positive reception from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series is certified fresh, holding a 78% approval rating with an average rating of 6.02 out of 10 based on 44 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Seven Seconds is undermined by unlikable characters with somewhat predictable arcs, but its grim reflections of societal and racial division are brought to life by able performers and a fearless overall narrative."[12] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 68 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2nd Black Reel Awards for Television Outstanding Television Movie or Limited Series Seven Seconds Won [14]
Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series Regina King Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series Corey Champagne Nominated
Russell Hornsby Won
Outstanding Directing, TV Movie or Limited Series Ernest Dickerson Nominated
Victoria Mahoney Nominated
Outstanding Writing, TV Movie or Limited Series Veena Sud & Shalisha Francis Won
70th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Regina King Won [15][16]
76th Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Regina King Nominated [17][18]


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  2. ^ Aurthur, Kate. "Everything You Need to Know About TV And Movies In 2018". BuzzFeed. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 19, 2016). "Netflix Nears Series Order For Racially Charged Drama From 'The Killing' Creator, 'The Accountant' Director & Fox 21". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Stanhope, Kate (October 18, 2016). "Netflix Nears Series Order for Veena Sud Racial Crime Drama 'Seven Seconds'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 19, 2018). "'Seven Seconds' Not Getting Second Season On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 25, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': David Lyons & Beau Knapp To Co-Star In Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': Russell Hornsby, Raul Castillo & Zackary Momoh Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (November 30, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': Michael Mosley & Patrick Murney Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (December 1, 2016). "'Seven Seconds': Regina King Joins Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Stanhope, Kate (December 15, 2016). "Netflix Crime Drama 'Seven Seconds' Taps 'Children of Men' Actress to Star (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (January 24, 2018). "'Seven Seconds' Trailer: Regina King Seeks Justice In Netflix Crime Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Seven Seconds - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Seven Seconds - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Voters Are "Sweet" on Queen Sugar". Black Reel Awards. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  15. ^ THR Staff (September 17, 2018). "Emmys: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  16. ^ Koblin, John (September 17, 2018). "2018 Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' and 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Win Top Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 6, 2018). "Golden Globes Nominations: 'Vice', 'Versace' Lead Wide-Ranging Field – Complete List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Snierson, Dan (January 6, 2019). "Golden Globes 2019: See the full winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2019.

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