Rectify: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Its scenic landscapes and rewarding slow burn prove Rectify's second season to be just as good, if not better, than the first.



Critic Ratings: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 273
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Air date: Jun 19, 2014
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Season 2 of the drama continues the tale of convict Daniel Holden (Aden Young), who spent 19 years on death row, had his verdict overturned, was released, and returned to his family in a small Georgia town.


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 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

Rectify isn't a whodunit, and that frees it up to explore all kinds of big questions about redemption, forgiveness, the double-edged sword that is freedom, the reach of maternal love, the subjectivities of time, and the purpose of religious belief.

Jun 20, 2014 | Full Review…

We're often accustomed to programs that leap forward through large chunks of time but Rectify is a methodical piece about conversations and moments more than a sprawling narrative.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Few shows are so grounded. And, if you have a little patience, few shows are so worth watching.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show that returns tonight is better than ever; its slowness and care strike me as even more distinctive and refreshing than they were a year ago.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

An extremely ungenerous feeling came over me as I watched the first three episodes of the second. It was that itch of impatience you get when you would like someone to get over something horrible already, but only because you, anyway, are exhausted by it.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The joy of last season's discovery has given way to a hope that Rectify's continued strong performances won't be snuffed out by a steady downbeat of characters' lives further unraveling.

Jun 18, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It will be interesting to see what Rectify does with an extended ten-episode season, but if the first three are any indication, it will continue to be a profoundly engrossing character study, brimming with lyrical beauty.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

This wonderful, resonant show clearly has a deep belief in the power of redemption and connection. If you don't believe me, see for yourself. Please.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

There is nothing else on television quite like it, and for those who have the patience to sit through Daniel's still, slow journey, the emotional rewards are enormous.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Rectify [is] a show willing to make us wait: for action, for answers, for the revealing of character at the speed of actual life.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The second season has many of its greatest scenes in Daniel's mind as he explores who he's becoming.

May 26, 2015 | Full Review…

It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness.

Jun 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rectify: Season 2

  • Dec 03, 2018
    Picks up right where it left off with one of the best dramas on TV
  • Dec 17, 2017
    Dear god this is a horrible show! ??
  • Aug 15, 2015
    A better sophomore year for Rectify, that makes good use of augmenting the first seasons strengths. Like the first year, Rectify is a slow burn, and intermittingly boring and melodramatic, but it fires on all cylinders when it comes to pay off. Calculated and well-perfomed, Rectify remains an impressive drama, even if its scenery chewing and lack of levity won't be for everyone.
  • Jun 17, 2015
    If you want your television as action-packed as a summer movie, Rectify isn't your show. The pacing of this Georgia-based show is slow as a Southern drawl. Indeed, it often advances at a glacial pace. But if you are drawn into shows that focus on characters and addressing big questions, Rectify is a god send. The center of the show is Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who was released from prison after 19 years because DNA tests showed he didn't rape his 16-year-old girlfriend although he hasn't been exonerated from murder charges. Daniel is clearly damaged from his nearly two decades in prison (and numerous flashbacks show you why), and he struggles to live in a world that has moved without him. Much of the show revolves around his relations with his family, who largely remain fiercely loyal, particularly sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer and mother Janet (J. Smith-Cameron). It also centers on the relationship between Daniel's asshole good old boy half brother Ted Jr.(Clayne Crawford) and his wife, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) a deeply religious woman who lives out the life she beliefs Jesus would want her to and tries to bring out the goodness in Daniel. Because the action is slow (it is taken two seasons to decide whether or not to prosecute Daniel for murder), the show can deal with big issues and themes like redemption, forgiveness, freedom, the nature of of time, and the purpose of religious belief. This is a slow journey, but one worth taking.
  • Jun 04, 2015
    Better then the first season. The actitng is great the scenery is beautiful and the show is an emotional rollercoaster. This show produces so much feelings especially for the main character.
  • Jun 02, 2015
    A new standard for characterization, acting, and directing on TV.
  • May 26, 2015
    La temporada 2 de "Rectify" confirma totalmente las expectativas que dejó su antecesora, y lo hace de excelente manera, incluso, dejando las expectativas para la siguiente temporada igual de elevadas como la primera temporada lo hizo.
  • Mar 02, 2015
    Probably the single most under viewed show on TV right now. Rectify is truly something special and I urge every TV fan to seek it out right now. It's only 16 episodes over 2 seasons with a 3rd coming down the line, but this show is deeply complex, sad and full of haunting ambiguity. Aden Young is giving one of the best performances around. I can't recommend this show enough.
  • Jan 28, 2015
    Season two of Rectify is just as unforgettably heartbreaking and profound as the first, every episode filled with brilliant atmosphere and effectively subdued storytelling. This show is simply a classic in the making
  • Jan 12, 2015
    Solid writing and acting. Perfect setup for season 3.

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