Proven Innocent: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Proven Innocent

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The jury finds Proven Innocent -- on the charges of saddling fine actors with clunky dialogue, padding out its storylines with stale plot contrivances, and wasting viewers' time with rote procedural formula -- guilty on all counts.



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 113

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Air date: Feb 15, 2019

The series premiere of the legal drama, which focuses on an underdog criminal defense firm led by Madeline Scott, who—alongside her brother—was wrongfully convicted of murder at age 18.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2019

The Injustice Defense Group opens a case with Tamara Folsom, a rape victim convicted unjustly of murder. In addition to Tamara's case, Madeline comes to Levi's defense after he lands himself in hot water, but she uncovers a secret about his past that makes her question him. Meanwhile, Easy struggles to balance his work and family life.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2019

Easy's church recruits the team to retry the case of William Hurston, a man convicted of murder at the age of 14 due to a coerced confession. Meanwhile, Bellows retaliates against Madeline using Rosemary's family. The William's case resonates with Easy as he tries to connect with his teenage son, Michael, and Madeline finds a new lead in the investigation of Rosemary's death.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Madeline takes on the case of Sarah Bukhari, a woman sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering her newborn child, and Easy has a dilemma deciding between his faith and doing the right thing. Meanwhile, Gore Bellows continues in his crusade to hinder Madeline's pursuit of justice, while Madeline uncovers a new lead that puts her one step closer to the truth.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

A white supremacist begs the Injustice Defense Group to help him overturn his wrongful conviction, and the team clashes over whether they should take his case. Despite the team's objections, Madeline is determined to prove his innocence. Bellows approaches an ethical crossroad in his race and must make a campaign-changing decision. Meanwhile, Levi continues to impulsively investigate who framed him for Rosemary's death.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2019

The Injustice Defense Group takes on the case of a girl convicted for the murder of her mother. Meanwhile, Madeline is trapped in a whirlwind of drama, trying to stop Bellows, maintaining her relationship with Dylan, while simultaneously finding out about a shocking piece of news about a former classmate.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2019

Madeline takes a road trip alongside civil rights activist Amina Jackson to fight for justice for Davon Watkins, a man on death row for killing a police officer. Meanwhile, Madeline attempts to save Levi from another sticky situation, while Bellows and Sanchez deliberate re-opening the case against them both.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2019

The team tries to exonerate Cindy Whitman, a transwoman who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her fellow trans-friend and activist, Vanessa. Meanwhile, Violet has NPR's Ira Glass on her podcast, and Bellow's latest campaign manager finds new evidence in the Rosemary's murder case. Also, Madeline embraces part of her identity she once hid from her family.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

The Injustice Defense Group is approached to exonerate a former frat boy who is charged with rape and murder, but a turn in Davon Watkins' case forces Madeline to head back to Ohio, leaving Easy and Bodie to solve this case alone before Easy's mentor, Judge Fry. Meanwhile, Bellows struggles with the values of his campaign, Levi follows up with a high school classmate to find out more about Rosemary's past and Wren is up for parole.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2019

A Navy SEAL is charged with murdering her superior, and Madeline and the team are determined to prove her innocence. Levi presses harder for insight on Rosemary's life in high school, as Bellows takes a drastic step in re-examining her murder.

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After spending ten years in prison for supposedly killing her friend Rosemary Lynch (Casey Tutton), Madeleine Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) finishes law school and creates a law firm dedicated to providing justice for the falsely accused. She also vows to find Rosemary's real killer so she and Levi (Riley Smith), her brother and co-accused, can be cleared once and for all. Joining Madeleine in her crusade are former reinsurance lawyer Ezekiel Boudreau (Russell Hornsby), media expert Violet Bell (Nikki M. James), and investigator Bodie Quick (Vincent Kartheiser). Despite her determination and legal acumen, Madeleine faces challenges from Rosemary's family and from ambitious state attorney Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer). The first season cast of "Proven Innocent" includes Laurie Holden as Greta Bellows, Catherine Lidstone as Isabel Sanchez, Caitlin Mehner as Heather Husband, Ben Marten as Brian Husband, Candice Coke as Wren, Tiffany Dupont as Nikki Castro, and Jeffrey Nordling as Rick Zahn.

Cast & Crew

Rachelle Lefevre
Madeline Scott
Kelsey Grammer
Gore Bellows
Russell Hornsby
Ezekial "Easy" Boudreau
Riley Smith
Levi Scott
Clare O'Connor
Young Madeline
Nikki M. James
Violet Price
Catherine Lidstone
Isabel Sanchez
Tiffany Dupont
Nikki Castro
Elaine Hendrix
Susan Alders
Laurie Holden
Gretta Bellows
Bryce Pinkham
Connor Mayfeld
Adam Busch
Noah Weiss
Casey Tutton
Rosemary Lynch
Jennifer Parsons
Helen Scott
David Elliot
Stacy Greenberg
Danny Strong
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Critic Reviews for Proven Innocent Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Ditto so far In Proven Innocent, where wronged women are on a #MeToo roll while Gore the Neanderthal keeps getting his just desserts.

Feb 20, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Fox should have overruled this mess while it was still in development.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It's guilty of way too many TV sins.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

[T]he dialogue, weighted with explicit statements of thought and feeling rather than their sidelong evocation, is often too heavy for even these fine actors to successfully lift.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

"Proven Innocent" is so convinced of its moral rectitude and righteousness that this kind of storytelling claptrap can't help but feel hacky and deeply uninspired.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

If the stakes and personalities in Fox's new legal drama Proven Innocent could live up to the character names it would be an all-time great show.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a good enough series, but TV programmers must admit guilt for bad placement unless proven innocent.

Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The trumpeted new crime series, Proven Innocent...turned out to be a complete dud, despite the formidable presence of Kelsey Grammer, reprising his nasty-guy turn from that underrated and short-lived series Boss.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

'Proven Innocent' essentially upends the genres while opening an important conversation into the wrongful imprisonment of people in America.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Predictable procedural has violence, innuendo, and drinking.

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Proven Innocent has a good cast saddled on a bad show with clunky writing.

Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…

I haven't been this excited about a new show in a long time, and Proven Innocent didn't disappoint!

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Proven Innocent: Season 1

  • Mar 27, 2020
    It started strong, lagged in the middle and tried really hard to tie itself up at the end. Many of the storylines were predictable due to the procedural drama format but I don't mind that. The most frustrating thing was the storylines and characters that just that just disappeared like reporter/boyfriend Dylan in first episodes, Isabel (and her fake friendship with Levi), Easy's marriage, the whole Susan Andrews character seemed unnecessary. In fact so many characters and storylines were unnecessary in my opinion and took away from what could have been a really good procedural drama with some great performances. And it's those potentially great bits that make this worth watching if you're willing to overlook the many flaws in the writing. All in all if you've got nothing better to do and you want something easy to watch give it a go.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    Loved it. Im angry its been cancelled.
  • Oct 18, 2019
    I don't think you can just judge a show on it's pilot but this show was really poorly done despite some strong supporting characters (namely Kelsey Grammar and Russell Hornsby) Every episode got more and more ridiculous. The court room scenes were ridiculous -- every one people cheering like a football game. I just couldn't get immersed in it after a while. Had potential but didn't go anywhere, I don't recommend you start it.
  • Jul 25, 2019
    Loved the young Riley (Harry Jarvis) and Madeleine (Clare O'Connor), I wish they were explored more
  • Jun 01, 2019
    I hate it when a show fails to pay attention to details, especially when the errors are glaringly obvious. Case in point, on a recent show they had a Navy JAG officer identified as a Lieutenant Commander. Unfortunately, he was wearing the uniform of a Lieutenant Junior Grade who was a line officer (as opposed to a JAG officer). There are too many other good shows available to waste time watching programs that can't be bothered to get the details right.
  • May 18, 2019
    I like it. It is a mystery/law drama with great characters. I like the plot and the actors. Where it isn't great art, it is highly entertaining and watchable.
  • May 12, 2019
    Great show n am loving the cast they assembled
  • May 11, 2019
    Good show once you give it a chance!
  • May 10, 2019
    I love this show. This show inspires women who have fallen and need to get up. Here is a woman that had her entire social circle turn on her - just following gossip and group think. She was placed in an environment that is designed to destroy a person and rose. She saw past all the negativity and made choices that made her a better person and a better member of society. She left that environment and started helping other broken people rise and succeed. If you don't like this message going out THERE IS SOMETHING DEFINITELY WRONG WITH YOU!
  • Apr 27, 2019
    I was looking forward to a show that showed the innocent being vindicated. But the lesbianism is extraordinarily in your face and very offensive to both of us. Sadly, we are no longer recording this show.

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