Rectify: Season 4 (2016)


Season 4

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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.



Critic Ratings: 20


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User Ratings: 283

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

In the Season 4 premiere, Daniel deals with the complicated group dynamics of living at the New Canaan Project, and figuring how to cope in his new environment.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2016

The Holden-Talbot family adjusts to life without Daniel, while Janet worries about Daniel's life away from home.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

A new roommate complicates Daniel's adjustment to group living. Meanwhile, Amantha's reexamination of her past leads her to reconnect with a former classmate from high school.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

Daniel gets away from the halfway house for awhile when he joins Chloe on an adventure.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2016

A confrontation during group therapy leaves Daniel questioning whether he could possibly adjust to normal life

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

Ted Sr. goes in search of his own bliss; Janet and Daniel make an effort to be honest with one another.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

Daniel worries that his life has gotten a little too real. Janet is loosening her grip on the past while Teddy opens up to Ted, Sr. about his future. -- (C) SUNDANCE

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Air date: Dec 14, 2016

As he begins to realize what his new life may entail, Daniel starts to appreciate the progress he's made; Janet bonds with someone unexpected. -- (C) SUNDANCE

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The fourth season of "Rectify" picks up three months after Daniel (Aden Young) is banished from Paulie. Now in Nashville, Daniel attempts to start a new life, but his inability to open up to the others at the halfway house has unintended consequences. Amantha (Abigail Spencer) runs into someone from her youth who helps change her perspective. Teddy (Clayne Crawford) and Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) try to work on their marriage, but will it be enough? Janet (J. Smith Cameron) struggles being so far from Daniel and she and Ted, Sr. (Bruce McKinnon) make a big decision. Nathan Darrow joins the cast this season as Amantha's high-school classmate, Billy, and Scott Lawrence joins as the leader of Daniel's halfway house, Avery.

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Critic Reviews for Rectify Season 4

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

We may never see another show like Rectify. It was a program as unafraid of silence as it was of melodrama. And it's another series on this list that entirely transcended its set-up.

Dec 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Ray McKinnon's melancholic masterpiece finds hope in new places (and fresh faces) as the downtempo series rapidly approaches the end.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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What happens to Daniel and to Teddy Jr. and Tawney, unfolds with a slowness that is highly unusual, even in the best of TV drama. Scenes are extended for their quietness, not their melodrama.

Apr 30, 2020 | Full Review…

No other series so poignantly probes the human condition and our concept of reality, identity, what we know and what is true with such alluring complexity.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Rectify regularly draws audiences in the low six figures. All the more reason to be grateful that it will have a full if brief run to tell its small congregation that where there is life, there is the chance to be reborn.

Oct 25, 2016 | Full Review…

As it approaches its conclusion, Rectify thus turns to humankind's most fundamental questions.

Oct 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Its exploration of moral and spiritual landscapes suggests new and unexpected directions for television.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

No TV show captivates me in the same way Rectify does, and no other show makes me consider the world so differently.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The series is a vital piece of art, because it presents a world TV often forgets, and it does so with beauty, bittersweetness, and humility.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

They're still [doing] good work here.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Creator Ray McKinnon's genuine compassion for Daniel and those in his orbit, including his family back home in Paulie, GA... makes Rectify one of TV's truest, finest and deepest dives into pure character drama.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

In an ironically satisfying ending, 'Rectify' suggests that closure is a mirage, always on the horizon but never at your feet.

Dec 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rectify: Season 4

  • Jul 21, 2020
    Perfect final season to a perfect tv series.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Excellent acting and writing and a good amount of depth and realism; the slow pace was not a problem for me for the first two seasons, but the show began to drag in the the third season, and the final season was excessively slow. A balance needed to be achieved between drama, emotion, and pacing that was not achieved. So much potential that fizzled out because of poor pacing. It was also frustrating to invest that much time and not have a resolution to the murder mystery component. Overall, though, unique among dramas for its depth and subtlety.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    What a way to end one of the best dramas of all time.
  • Feb 17, 2018
    Just finished the series, one of the best written and beautifully acted shows I've seen. When an innocent man spends 20 years on death row and is released, how does he move on? How does his family who've been in a prison of their own move on? A masterpiece about family, sadness, forgiveness, love and not knowing all the answers and am sad it's over #FarewellRectify
  • Sep 12, 2017
    Great acting! Great directing and very trustworthy!
  • May 30, 2017
    Probably the only series on the TV one could watch which so authentically shows the immense complexity of the human beingness, soul and the emotions around it. Just brilliant. "No other series so poignantly probes the human condition and our concept of reality, identity, what we know and what is true with such alluring complexity."
  • Feb 22, 2017
    This show felt way too stagnant and a struggle to watch since its so slow, but the acting and characters are great.
  • Jan 09, 2017
    Love love love this show. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but beautifully done. This show really delves into the true struggles of the wrongfully convicted and all of thos affected by it.
  • Dec 29, 2016
    Bookended by two of the most emotionally potent and subtly intricate episodes of the entire series- and that's no small praise -Season 4 of Rectify wraps up one of television's finest and most criminally overlooked shows in slow-burning, poetic fashion
  • Dec 16, 2016
    first 2 seasons great- 3rd not so good 4th AWFUL- slow as hell

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