If you're still holding on after five years of initially lukewarm reviews, Snowfall fans seem to be satisfied with the recent seasons after it had steadily built up to the events of Season Five. Though the last episodes took a different focus overall, Snowfall remains filled to the brim with the usual type of crime drama from FX's top-tier catalog. As of April 20th, 2022, Season Five is complete, and the final season is officially on its way, most likely premiering in 2023.
Plot of ‘Snowfall’
Co-created by Boyz n the Hood writer and director John Singleton, Snowfall is set during the initial onset of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, following four central characters who are peripherally involved in different capacities.
Damson Idris - Franklin Saint (up-and-coming drug dealer)
Sergio Peris-Mencheta - Gustavo 'El Oso' Zapata (luchador involved with the Cartel)
Carter Hudson - Teddy McDonald (CIA agent)
Emily Rios - Lucia Villanueva (daughter of Mexican crime lord)
Michael Hyatt - Cissy Saint
Amin Joseph - Jerome Saint
Angela Lewis - Louie Saint
Isaiah John - Leon Simmons
Alon Aboutboul - Avi Drexler
Devyn A. Tyler - Veronique Turner
Brandon Jay McLaren - Beau Buckley
Critics Praise and Legacy
The reviews notably pointed out that Snowfall had difficulty maintaining the distinct storylines - this popular crime drama trope had also been used in all-encompassing drug tales like Traffic. However, fans and critics latched onto the drama more and more with each passing season, particularly thanks to the period detail as well as the nuanced performance and characterization of Franklin Saint. For a bright, gripping take on this well-worn era of U.S. crime, Snowfall is hard to be for sheer entertainment value.
Where to Watch ‘Snowfall’
All five seasons (including the most recent one) are available on Hulu, so you have time to easily catch up before the sixth and final season!