Two Sides

Two Sides is a landmark limited four-part docu-series exploring watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community at the crossroads between life and death. Executive produced by Academy Award(R) winner Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Lemuel Plummer with narration by Davis, each one-hour episode of Two Sides offers an in-depth, comprehensive look into disturbing cases of officer-involved deaths. Focusing on four headline-grabbing fatal police encounters during 2014 - 2015, the series analyzes and presents multiple points of view of the highly charged cases involving Eric Garner (New York), Ezell Ford (California), John Crawford (Ohio), and Sandra Bland (Texas). Their tragic deaths sparked grassroots social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, inspired protests by high profile personalities, and immortalized their names as tragic figures in the polarizing debate on police brutality and race.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on TV One
1 Season, 4 Episodes
January 22, 2018
Two Sides

Two Sides Full Episode Guide

  • When Officer Brian Encinia pulls Sandra Bland over for a minor traffic violation, the encounter turns argumentative, then physical.

  • The case of a man who discover an unpackaged air rifle lying on a shelf in a Wal-Mart is spotlighted.

  • This episode will explore both the legal system (how does someone expunge their record/change the law's perception of them once they're in the system?) and the way in which the government, and police specifically, handle individuals with mental health issues. Ezell Ford grew up in a neighborhood where little to no opportunity was afforded to him outside of petty crime and gang activity. When a 25-year-old with schizophrenia and the mental capacity of a ten-year-old is targeted by police, we're left with the question - is proximity to crime a crime in itself?

  • In the series premiere, the death of Eric Garner is spotlighted.