Rectify: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 374
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Air date: Apr 22, 2013
Air date: Apr 22, 2013
Air date: Apr 29, 2013
Air date: May 6, 2013
Air date: May 13, 2013
Air date: May 20, 2013

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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.


Aden Young
as Daniel Holden
Abigail Spencer
as Amantha Holden
J. Smith-Cameron
as Janet Talbot
Luke Kirby
as Jon Stern
Clayne Crawford
as Ted Talbot Jr.
Adelaide Clemens
as Tawney Talbot
Bruce McKinnon
as Ted Talbot Sr.
Michael O'Neill
as Sen. Roland Foulkes
Hal Holbrook
as Rutherford Gaines
J.D. Evermore
as Sheriff Carl Daggett
Sean Bridgers
as Trey Willis
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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

  • 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.
  • Mar 30, 2018
    Supremely focused slow burn that checks all the boxes.
  • Feb 03, 2018
    As the character is written and directed, Daniel Holden is too dumb and slow and uninteresting for me to care for.
  • Dec 25, 2016
    Wasn't able to make it through the first episode. It's not that the show isn't's a little TOO good. I felt too much of the horror. Movies like Saw don't bother me, but the subtle, insidious, creeping horror of living in a place where prominent authorities want you dead isn't my cup of tea. I'm giving it five stars for being able to affect me this deeply, most fiction doesn't. It's not the show's fault that I dislike this type of story, so I didn't factor that in to my review.
  • Apr 06, 2016
    I have to give the writers/directors credit for having actors that sound like they are actually from Georgia instead of insisting on having everyone talk like they are leftovers from some sort of Gone With the Wind meets Deliverance nightmare. .I'm from Georgia so I find that insanely irritating.

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