"Outcry" (2020 release; 5 episodes of 60 min. each) is a TV documentary series about erstwhile Texas high school football star Greg Kelley. As Episode 1 opens, it is "2013-07-23" and we see a social worker interview a young boy, maybe 4 or 5 years old, who gives the outcry statement. The boy talks about what Greg (allegedly) has done to him (sexual abuse although of course those are not the words used by the boy). We then step back and are introduced to Greg, a talented HS football player at Leander HS (in affluent and suburban Austin, TX) who seems to have everything going for him: a beautiful girlfriend, parents who love him, etc. When the explosive allegations are made against Greg by not one, but two young boys, the Williamson Country District Attorney's office springs into action. We are reminded that the DA's office in the late 1980s prosecuted a man for the murder of his wife, putting him in jail, when in fact the husband was innocent all along (and finally freed 25 years later). At this point we are less than 15 min. into Episode 1.
Couple of comments: let me state upfront that I had zero knowledge of these events prior to watching the opening episode of this TV documentary. The allegations are so explosive that they need to be carefully considered, that much is clear. At the same time, the accused is maintaining his innocence high and low, as are the people (including family and friends, and later a larger community) around him. What to make of this? To be honest, I haven't the faintest idea (my gut tells me that based on what I saw in Episode 1, the guy is innocent, but I could be completely wrong on this). I can't wait to see hot all of this is going to play out in the next 4 episodes (of about an hour each). All I know is this: this is riveting and must-see TV, period.
"Outcry" premiered this weekend on Showtime, and new episodes air on Sunday evenings at 10 pm Eastern time (now available on SHO on Demand and other streaming services). If you like true crime documentaries, by all means I encourage you to check this out and draw your own conclusion.
UPDATE 7/7/20 I've just binge-watched the other 4 episodes on SHO On Demand. There are no words. This turns out to be a legal and emotional rollercoaster you couldn't make up in your wildest dreams. Kudos to the documentary production crew which spent YEARS following this and then bringing it to us. This is must-see, period.