Showtime debuts “Outcry” (9 p.m., TV-MA), a five-part true-crime docuseries rife with political reverberations and emotional hand grenades.
A tale of police misconduct and prosecutorial overreach on one side and charges of the most heinous nature on the other, “Outcry” adds sports culture to the mix. And Texas sports culture at that. If you can imagine “Friday Light Nights” meets the Central Park Five, you’re getting close.
As we learn from the beginning, Greg Kelley was a king among high school students, a football star in a state where the sport ranks right up there with religion. And some here argue that gridiron fans are more pious. A serious young man driven to win a football scholarship, who excelled despite the serious illness of both of his parents, Kelley earned the praise of parents, teachers and peers.
This made the 2013 allegations of child sexual abuse all the more devastating to his community. As “Outcry” makes clear, questions of character and reputation go out the window when a child’s accusations are presented in court. The series shows a town’s police and prosecutors heavily invested in their reputation for playing hardball. Kelley’s arrest and conviction divide a tight-knit community. The side that takes the child’s testimony verbatim quickly accuses Kelley’s camp of cultlike behavior.
Like many witch-trial-like horror stories from the 1990s, “Outcry” begins with murky charges at a day care center that end up destroying reputations. It has a Greek chorus of voices on both sides lawyers and activists convinced that Kelley has been railroaded and accusers ready to “believe the child” who seem ready to back up their righteous convictions with Bible quotes and fury.
“Outcry” offers a fascinating slice of the American pie that could have happened anywhere. But things are bigger in Texas.
- Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): gold mines dug up to 2 miles deep; falconry in Mongolia; Easter Island. A second hour (7 p.m.) presents great adventures.
- Election night advice on “Black Monday” (7 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
- A murder may be linked to LSD research on “Grantchester” on “Masterpiece” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14).
- The train is rocked by revolution on “Snowpiercer” (8 p.m., TNT, TV-MA).
- Jamie hatches a cover-up on “Yellowstone” (8 p.m., Paramount, TV-MA).
- Mason and Strickland arrange for a freelance autopsy on “Perry Mason” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
- The Williams family reels on “The Chi” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
Charlie needs a favor on “NOS4A2” (9 p.m., AMC, BBC America, TV-14).
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