7.5
33 votes
United Shades of America

United Shades of America

CNN 2016

Follow comedian and political gadfly W. Kamau Bell as he explores the far corners of our country and its various groups and subcultures.

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The 10 Best Episodes of United Shades of America

United Shades of America - S4E4

#1 - Body Politics

8.75

Season 4 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of United Shades of America from 12 votes.

United Shades of America - S4E8

#2 - Toxic America

8.53

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of United Shades of America from 15 votes.

United Shades of America - S4E7

#3 - Livingwhileblack

8.44

Season 4 - Episode 7

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

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of United Shades of America from 18 votes.

United Shades of America - S3E5

#4 - HBCUs

8.40

Season 3 - Episode 5

W. Kamau Bell heads to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to answer the question of why these schools are Important.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of United Shades of America from 15 votes.

United Shades of America - S5E7

#5 - The Homeless Crisis in LA

8.38

Season 5 - Episode 7

W. Kamau Bell visits Los Angeles to explore the homelessness crisis.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of United Shades of America from 8 votes.

United Shades of America - S4E2

#6 - Not All White People

8.30

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of United Shades of America from 23 votes.

United Shades of America - S3E4

#7 - The Disability Community

8.28

Season 3 - Episode 4

W. Kamau Bell meets with people with physical disabilities.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of United Shades of America from 18 votes.

United Shades of America - S3E2

#8 - Sikhs in America

8.23

Season 3 - Episode 2

W. Kamau Bell unravels the stereotypes of one of the most misunderstood religions in America, Sikhism.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of United Shades of America from 22 votes.

United Shades of America - S4E5

#9 - The Real D.C.

8.21

Season 4 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of United Shades of America from 19 votes.

United Shades of America - S5E4

#10 - The Gig Economy

8.14

Season 5 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of United Shades of America from 14 votes.

#11 - The Canadian Way
8.13
Season 3 - Episode 7

W. Kamau Bell takes a trip up north to Canada to see if everything is truly as great as everyone says.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of United Shades of America from 15 votes.

#12 - The South Carolina Gullah
8.13
Season 3 - Episode 3

W. Kamau Bell visits the coast of South Carolina to meet the Gullah Geechee people.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of United Shades of America from 24 votes.

United Shades of America - S1E7
#13 - The Last Frontier
8.09
Season 1 - Episode 7

W. Kamau Bell visits the Inuit people of Barrow, Alaska, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where this town, only accessible by plane, is fighting to hold on to its traditions as large companies seek to acquire their natural resources.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of United Shades of America from 46 votes.

#14 - It's Chinatown!
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 8

W. Kamau Bell visits San Francisco's Chinatown; what it means to be American while culturally connected to another country.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of United Shades of America from 24 votes.

#15 - Hmong Americans And The Secret War
8.07
Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of United Shades of America from 15 votes.

#16 - Native Hawaii
8.06
Season 3 - Episode 8

W. Kamau Bell visits the islands of Hawaii.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of United Shades of America from 16 votes.

#17 - Kamau Buys a Gun
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 5

W. Kamau Bell, a critic of gun laws in America, buys a 357 Magnum.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of United Shades of America from 32 votes.

#18 - Out and Proud Salt Lake
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 6

Kamau visits Salt Lake City to explore the growing LGBTQ community living in the epicenter of the Mormon faith.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of United Shades of America from 12 votes.

#19 - Native 'Americans'
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 3

Kamau goes to the Dakotas to bring light onto the indigenous people mistakenly called Native Americans.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of United Shades of America from 47 votes.

#20 - Where Do We Even Start With White Supremacy?
7.92
Season 5 - Episode 1

White supremacy in America, explained How our new war collided with an old fight -- and put Black Americans on the frontlines. We're living in a perfect storm for extremist recruitment. Five questions on America's racial reckoning. The one word that Tree of Life's rabbi refuses to say.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of United Shades of America from 12 votes.

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