Colin in Black & White

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Colin in Black & White
Promotional poster
Created by
Narrated byColin Kaepernick
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Paul Garnes
CinematographyMatthew J. Lloyd
EditorJessica Hernández
Running time27–35 minutes
Production companyARRAY Filmworks
Original release
ReleaseOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)

Colin in Black & White is an American drama television limited series that premiered on Netflix on October 29, 2021.[1]

In advance of the series premiere, the pilot episode received a preview screening in the Primetime program at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


A dramatization of the teenage years of athlete Colin Kaepernick and the experiences that led him to become an activist.[3]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"Cornrows"Ava DuVernayTeleplay by : Michael Starrbury
Story by : Ava DuVernay & Colin Kaepernick
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
2"Quarterbackin'"Sheldon CandisEvan BallOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
3"Road Trip"Robert TownsendTeleplay by : Teri Schaffer & Raynelle Swilling
Story by : Natasha R. Trotter
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
4"The Decision"Robert TownsendJosiah JohnsonOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
5"Crystal"Angel Kristi WilliamsTeri Schaffer & Raynelle SwillingOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
6"Dear Colin"Kenny LeonTeleplay by : Michael Starrbury
Story by : Josiah Johnson & Michael Starrbury
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 79% based on 39 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Black & White's clunky format fumbles the fundamentals of storytelling, but this hybrid series nonetheless scores a touchdown in conveying Colin Kaepernick's truth, even if the reality is absent."[6] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B and described the series as "an uneven but ultimately edifying portrayal of the young athlete's coming of age as a biracial boy growing up in a predominantly white world."[8]


It was nominated for a Peabody Award in 2022.[9][10]


  1. ^ Lawrence, Derek (August 12, 2021). "Get a first look at Netflix's Colin Kaepernick series Colin in Black & White". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (August 13, 2021). "Julia Child doc, Colin Kaepernick drama, CBC genderfluid dramedy join TIFF lineup". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on August 14, 2021. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 12, 2021). "'Colin In Black & White' Gets Netflix Premiere Date And First-Look Photos". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Schwartz, Ryan (August 12, 2021). "Netflix's Colin in Black & White, Based on the Life of Colin Kaepernick, Sets Fall Premiere Date — First Look". TVLine. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z – Colin in Black & White on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Colin in Black & White: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "Colin in Black & White: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (October 25, 2021). "Colin in Black & White review: A challenging portrait of the athlete as a young man". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  9. ^ 82nd Peabody Award Nominees Announced
  10. ^ Peabody Awards

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