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In this docuseries, comic W. Kamau Bell travels around America, using humor to confront some of the most difficult issues facing the country. For example, the African-American Bell attends a KKK rally to address issues of race and diversity. He also visits prisons, retirement homes, spring break parties and more.

United Shades of America is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (40 episodes). The series first aired on April 24, 2016. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

United Shades of America is available for streaming on the CNN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch United Shades of America on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on CNN
5 Seasons, 40 Episodes
April 24, 2016
Documentary & Biography
6.6/10
Cast: W. Kamau Bell
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United Shades of America Full Episode Guide

  • W. Kamau Bell visits New York City to talk to recent Iranian immigrants and those who came here decades ago to learn about their American experience.

  • W. Kamau Bell heads to South Florida, home of the largest number of Venezuelans in the U.S., to understand the crisis that led them to seek asylum.

  • W. Kamau Bell heads to New Orleans to explore the topic of reparations.

  • Across the United States, the fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work, spurred on by tech companies and their never-ending stream of apps; low and uncertain incomes have replaced benefits.

  • W. Kamau Bell explores inequities in the public education system through two very different school districts near Cleveland, Ohio.

  • W. Kamau Bell heads to Oklahoma to explore how politics and economic disparity are impacting families and independent farmers.

  • W. Kamau Bell heads to Pittsburgh to take a deeper look into the damaging systemic applications of white supremacy.

  • Kamau visits Philadelphia and Chester, Pa., to learn about the toxic man-made disasters that have polluted these communities for generations.

  • Kamau visits Milwaukee, the most segregated city in America, to better understand why living as a black person in America can be so challenging.

  • Kamau visits Salt Lake City, Utah, to explore the growing LGBTQ+ community living in the epicenter of the Mormon religion.

  • Kamau takes a look at Washington, D.C. through the eyes of residents who show him the vibrant culture that is distinct from the politics that surround it.

  • Kamau visits Jackson, Miss. to explore the divisive world of reproductive rights and reproductive justice, including abortion, sex education, and women's health.

  • Kamau meets members of the Hmong community brought to America after the Laotian Civil War forced their expulsion, and learns the multigenerational stories of loss, perseverance, and hope that make up their American journey.

  • While in and around Seattle, Kamau takes a look at different forms of activism that white people are using to combat America's history of white supremacy and the rise of extreme right wing groups across the country.

  • Kamau visits Dallas, TX-the home of the Megachurch, to find out what is creating the new face of Christianity today, in a city where church and state are far from separate.