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A groundbreaking inside look at the long shot election and tumultuous first term of Larry Krasner, Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney, and his experiment to upend the criminal justice system from the inside out.
The series is clearly enamored with Krasner's aspirations, but it isn't blind to his early failings, most stemming from a predictably myopic refusal to understand that the job he was elected to do requires tactful politics and negotiation.
All these conflicts are messy, uncomfortable and human, and "Philly D.A." gives voice to a range of Philadelphians, including hard-line police, left-wing activists and residents worried about crime and police abuses.
The first two episodes are engrossing, fast paced, and clear about the stakes of the DA office trying to implement a new agenda while retaining public trust, and the challenges of trying to turn a ship in a new direction.
It's hard not to think that a feature-length film with a much more clear focus, and not a series juggling so many ingredients in an impersonal fashion, could have more powerfully shown the impact of one man in this important office on the people he serves