Rectify: Season 1 (2013)

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Rectify is a stylish drama that rewards patient viewers with deep characters and plotlines.

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Critic Ratings: 32

93%

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User Ratings: 390

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Air date: Apr 22, 2013

In the series premiere, a convict who spent 19 years on death row is released on a technicality and must reindoctrinate himself into society in a small Georgia town, where a senator wants to reopen his case, and his sister worries about his safety.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2013

Daniel gets reacquainted with the town, but Amantha fears for his safety, while Ted Jr. is concerned about the future of the family business. Later, Daniel's welcome-home party turns into a tense event.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2013

Daniel is stressed over recent events, and Tawney reaches out to him without saying anything to her husband about it. Meanwhile, Amantha feels the town's anger and worries that it might boil over.

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Air date: May 6, 2013

The media impede Janet and Daniel's day in town, while Sheriff Daggett questions Trey Willis when a witness goes missing.

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Air date: May 13, 2013

Daniel's struggle to adjust to life outside of prison proves trying, while Ted Jr. questions whether he really is innocent.

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Air date: May 20, 2013

In the Season 1 finale, angry town inhabitants reach a tipping point, while Foulkes leans on the DA to retry Daniel's case as Daniel contemplates the future.

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The debut season of the drama series "Rectify" focuses on the efforts of Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a convict who spent 19 years on death row, to reindoctrinate himself into society and reacquaint himself with his family in a small Georgia town after DNA testing overturns the verdict in his murder trial. His efforts to make a new life are complicated by the politician (Michael O'Neill) who was instrumental in putting him behind bars, who makes it his business to see that Daniel gets sent back to jail.

Critic Reviews for Rectify Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (20)

It's those supporting characters that make Rectify worth watching.

Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Like Sundance's other recent dramas, Restless and Top of the Lake, Rectify moves at its own pace -- and offers its own rewards.

Apr 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Those six episodes are well worth watching. Maybe McKinnon can rectify the plot issue in a second season.

Apr 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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Rectify would be lost in transition without Young's stellar work in the lead role. It's a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.

Apr 22, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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the main focus of Rectify stays on the most interesting material - on what it means for a person to find himself with a future, after having written himself off as a dead man walking.

Apr 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Takes time to get into, but once in, you're in.

Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Sundance's first original dramatic series feels damply airless-the tension might be ripped open at any moment by a thunderclap of revelation.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Rectify is so unusual a show, with its own deliberate pace and premise and approach, that it may not build enough viewership to keep going. But that doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile show, or a memorable one - because it is.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Each episode of Rectify unfolds like a new chapter in a richly engrossing novel, fleshing out these characters with fascinating precision, and giving every member of the supporting cast a chance to shine.

Apr 22, 2013 | Full Review…

Its simmering mystery and artfully depicted dysfunction make every scene hum with tension.

Apr 22, 2013 | Full Review…

Rectify is touching in so many ways, and the only drawback is that six hours is not nearly enough to tell this story, with an open-ended conclusion that's more disturbing than satisfying.

Apr 22, 2013 | Full Review…

Thankfully, creator and writer Ray McKinnon, Sundance and the producing team behind Breaking Bad, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, weren't against letting viewers see Daniel's every new discovery, conflicted emotion and painful memory.

Apr 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rectify: Season 1

  • Jul 21, 2020
    One of the best tv series ever made, yet virtually unknown to the GP. A hidden treasure worth of being discovered.
  • Jul 10, 2020
    I thought the whole series was a marvel: the writing, the ensemble playing, casting, music, etc - always fresh, engaging, interesting, thoughtful.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Quasi interesting premise - but GOOD LORD it's sooooo slow. I felt myself yelling "get on with it already"! Do not recommend
  • Dec 25, 2019
    I have no idea why all the critics are raving about this show. It's a hand-wringing, overly melodramatic soap opera, made even more annoying by the insipid pop music on the soundtrack. Why do TV and movie producers use such stupid soundtrack music? Because it's part of the deal. They have record people coming at them from all directions, hawking the latest flavor of the month pop singers. As the wrongly imprisoned and finally released protagonist, Aden Young is sullen and uncommunicative. When he does speak more than a couple of lines, it sounds like bad poetry--groan out loud bad. The "mystery" is whether or not he is actually innocent, regardless of the DNA evidence that led to his release. Needless to say, this theme is nothing new; it's been used in countless movie and TV dramas. The whole thing is unoriginal, self-conscious, and contrived. The Rotten Tomatoes caption for 2 1/2 stars is right on: "Meh, it passed the time."
  • Sep 15, 2019
    I am not a DRAMA movie enthusiast. I prefer a slightly faster paste plot line. However, Rectify, sucked my in. I binged for a week to complete it. The acting is outstanding, the plot excellent, but the WRITING really drew me in. Nothing satisfies my brain activity like an extremely well written movie.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Intelligent, well-written, deeply moving.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Just watched the first two episodes - A M A Z I N G !
  • Jan 27, 2019
    Look for anyone who is inpatient
  • Dec 03, 2018
    The slow and painful yet beautiful burn which is the amazing series Rectify
  • Jun 06, 2018
    This has to be one of my all time favourite series, not favourite in the sense that you want to watch it over and over again as it is dark emotionally but it is the type of show and story that really makes a big impact on you and stays with you. Some say that spreading the story out over 4 seasons was not a good idea but personally I feel this was a great choice as you really get to delve in to the charachters stories. This has some of the best acting, especially from the lead actor @adenyoung who really gave a stellar performance of a very complex charachter. Do yourself a favour and watch this show.

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