If you’re looking for your next true crime obsession, check out USA’s new limited series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., which delves into two separate LAPD investigations of the murders of two rap legends in the 1990s.
But don’t just take our word for it! The critics have spoken and the consensus is that Unsolved is an engrossing crime drama with a stellar ensemble, including stars Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine -- along with standout newcomers Marcc Rose as Tupac Shakur and Wavyy Jonez and Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G.
Here’s why the critics are raving about Unsolved, premiering tonight on USA!
There’s Something for Everyone
"Unsolved is equal parts appealingly pulpy and workmanlike, sometimes paced like a procedural and sometimes like a prestige drama." -- Jon Caramanica, New York Times
"To really give a big up to Unsolved is the fact that even if Tupac and Biggie mean nothing to you, or how well you might or might not know the real players, the series reveals its subversive hand and never fails to deliver the goods as real life blends with myth and myth-making to create a whole new POV — or two." -- Dominic Patten, Deadline
"I love watching well-made shows about cops doing their jobs well -- following leads, collecting evidence, discussing theories..." -- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"At its core, this is a murder mystery, but set in a world that’s also still a mystery to many. Check it out..." -- Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
"Hip hop heads clamoring for a dramatized look at what went down behind the scenes at the LAPD during Biggie’s investigation or those that simply want to appreciate the good ol’ days of hip hop will find elements in this series that they can appreciate." -- Lea Palmieri, Decider
The Cast Is Superb
"... it’s hard to stop thinking about how much actor Marcc Rose resembles his character, Tupac. The actor certainly imbues him with a memorable and vivid presence." -- Maureen Ryan, Variety
"In an ensemble this solid, it can be challenging for one performance to emerge as a stand-out. But Simpson’s does because he so carefully calibrates Poole’s intensity... he should be remembered when Emmy-nomination time comes around." -- Jen Chaney, Vulture
"The series takes time to demythologize Shakur and Biggie (played here with respectful and fascinating accuracy by Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez) just enough, so that they can be seen as victims in need of overdue justice." -- Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"In a way, it’s almost Shakespearean in its complexity and serves as the basis for a host of magnificent performances, beginning with Rose and Jonez as Pac and Biggie… Simpson is always a magnetic actor, no matter what character he disappears into. He reaches a whole new level of performance here, bringing us along as Russell Poole struggles to hang on to his life as he gets pulled into his obsessions over the case." -- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
“[Simpson] gives an incredibly passionate, frustrated, nuanced, and heartbreaking performance as Poole .” -- Allison Keene, Collider
"It’s no small feat that Marcc Rose and Wavvy Jonez are able to transform into larger-than-life rap legends, Tupac and Biggie." -- Rebecca Murray, Showbiz Junkies
Don’t Assume You Know the Whole Story
"... it is an absorbing, provocative, and extraordinarily well-acted work of television that takes a narrative approach just novel enough to make you feel like you’re seeing these long-cold cases through fresh eyes." -- Jen Chaney, Vulture
"It’s fresh and very grounded, and there is a clear desire by its creators to deliver as complete a picture as possible of the lead-up to the crimes and the mismanagement of the investigation." -- Allison Keene, Collider
"Even if we don’t always know where we’re going, the ride is never less than exciting and challenging." -- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Unsolved puts the needle down on all the right grooves… Long and Hemingway use the cold case as a Trojan horse to break into a way bigger picture." -- Dominic Patten, Deadline
"Ultimately, these cases are fascinating because it feels like the truth is just out of reach. There’s no theory that makes 100% sense with each suspect looking like a puzzle with a piece or two missing." -- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
You Will Be Entertained for 10 Weeks
"This sprawling, intricate and absorbing 10-part limited series takes its time and plays with time as it revisits the fatal 1990s shootings of rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez, both uncanny)." -- Matt Roush, TV Insider
“...it’s incredibly watchable -- I busted through the seven episodes sent for review in a sitting and was totally engaged.” -- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"Could I watch Wendell Pierce try to solve crimes while getting pissy at his colleagues all the livelong day? Yes, I could." -- Jen Chaney, Vulture
"But irresolution has its own undeniable power and Hemingway has wisely played the strongest hand he holds. If no one can figure these murders out, that’s a good yarn by itself. The obvious question is 'Why?'." Verne Gay, Newsday
"The result is an intriguing and entertaining exploration into a world of shifting alliances, jealousy, loyalty, and murder." -- Rebecca Murray, Showbiz Junkies
"... Unsolved has the propulsive energy and stylish pop of a pretty good nighttime soap. But it’s one that, to its credit, never loses sight of the untimely deaths that brought this whole complicated story to life." -- Maureen Ryan, Variety
Set the DVR! Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on USA!