|Genre|| Tragedy |
|Created by||Ray McKinnon|
|Opening theme||"Bowsprit" by Balmorhea|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43–68 minutes|
|Production companies||Gran Via Productions|
|Original release||April 22, 2013 –|
December 14, 2016
Rectify is an American television drama series exploring the life of a man after he is released from prison after nearly 20 years on death row following a wrongful conviction. It was created by Ray McKinnon and is the first original series from SundanceTV. It stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, and Luke Kirby,and premiered on April 22, 2013, with a first season run of six episodes.
A second season of ten episodes, premiered on June 19, 2014.A third season of six episodes premiered on July 9, 2015. A fourth and final season of eight episodes premiered on October 26, 2016. All four seasons of the show have been critically acclaimed.
Daniel Holden was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna. After nineteen years on death row, analysis of DNA evidence from his trial contradicts the prosecution's case, and an appeals court vacates the judgment of his original trial. Daniel is allowed to return to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia.The subsequent adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel, his extended family, and the townsfolk are explored as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||April 22, 2013||May 20, 2013|
|2||10||June 19, 2014||August 21, 2014|
|3||6||July 9, 2015||August 13, 2015|
|4||8||October 26, 2016||December 14, 2016|
The series began development in 2008 when it was originally planned to air on AMC with Walton Goggins set to play the lead role.Three years after originally being developed at AMC, sister channel SundanceTV announced it had ordered the series for six episodes, to become the channel's first original scripted series. Production for the second season began on February 3, 2014, in Griffin, Georgia. Production began on the fourth and final season in April 2016.
In April 2012, Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens, Jonah Lotan, and J. Smith-Cameron were all cast in the series.Aden Young was cast as the series lead in May 2012. Luke Kirby was cast in June 2012, replacing Lotan as Daniel Holden's lawyer.
The first season of Rectify received critical acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 82 out of 100 based on 28 reviews.One of the positive reviews of Rectify was from the Los Angeles Times , which called the series "mesmerizing." A less positive review in The New York Times noted the slow pace of the series after the first episode and a quarter. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a rating of 90% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4 out of 10, with the critical consensus: "Rectify is a stylish drama that rewards patient viewers with deep characters and plotlines."
The second season continued to receive critical acclaim, with a Metacritic rating of 92 out of 100 based on 16 reviews. 's second season to be just as good, if not better, than the first." Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "it remains as riveting and unique as ever."Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a 95% rating, based on 21 reviews with an average rating of 9 out of 10 and the critical consensus: "Its scenic landscapes and rewarding slow burn prove Rectify
The third season also received critical acclaim with a Metacritic rating of 89 out of 100 based on 11 reviews. 's subtlety draws viewers in deeper during season three – and they continue to be rewarded with quality acting, compelling dialogue, and thought-provoking drama." Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "It's rich with beautifully crafted scenes that capture the distance, anger, and confusion of a fragmenting family and souls in flux." Brian Lowry of Variety wrote, "Rectify remains a master class in nuance — in small looks and long pauses that say more than pages of dialogue."Rotten Tomatoes gave the third season a 100% rating, based on 19 reviews with an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 and the critical consensus: "Rectify
The fourth and final season received universal acclaim with a Metacritic rating of 99 out of 100 based on 11 reviews.It is the second-highest rated show on the site; the second season of Murphy Brown has a score of 100 out of 100 based on five reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the fourth season a 100% rating, based on 12 reviews with an average rating of 9.5 out of 10 and the critical consensus: "In its final season, Rectify endures as a vital and compelling drama, poignantly driven by a narrative that envelops its characters in complexity, humanity, and a bittersweet beauty." Matt Roush of TV Guide called Rectify "One of TV's truest, finest and deepest dives into pure character drama." Malcolm Jones of The Daily Beast wrote that "Rectify is the best series I have ever seen on television. Not may be. Not might be. It just is."
Damien Echols, who as one of the West Memphis 3 was convicted and served nearly two decades in prison before being released in part based on DNA evidence, wrote about the series in The Huffington Post: "Rectify is the story of a man who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, and spent 19 years on death row before getting out. Much like my own real life case, the local politicians refuse to admit he's innocent even after DNA testing points towards someone else. In fact, there was so much about this show that mirrored my own life I began to wonder how much of my story had crept into the script." And, "I can tell you from first hand experience that Rectify is a very realistic show."
Abigail Spencer was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.For the 67th Writers Guild of America Awards, Kate Powers and Ray McKinnon were nominated for Best Episodic Drama for "Donald the Normal". For the 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards, Aden Young was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
The series was awarded with a 2014 Peabody Award, with the organization stating, "A powerful, subtle dramatic series about a death-row inmate released after nearly two decades thanks to new DNA evidence, it ponders whether what's been lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched."
For the 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards, the series received three nominations, for Best Drama Series, Aden Young for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Clayne Crawford for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
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