The Innocent Man: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Innocent Man will satisfy true crime aficionados looking for a slickly packaged mystery, but viewers seeking a more probing deconstruction of the justice system may come away disappointed.


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Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018
Air date: Dec 14, 2018

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In 1982, 21-year-old Debra Sue "Debbie" Carter is raped and killed inside her home. In 1984, another Ada woman, 24-year-old Denice Haraway, is killed after being kidnapped from the convenience store where she works. Local men Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot are charged with Haraway's murder and sentenced to life in prison. A couple years later, police charge two other men, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz, with killing Carter. Fritz receives life in prison, while Williamson is sentenced to the death penalty. Similarities emerge between how the two cases are handled; their videotaped confessions are questioned, as are forensics results and physical evidence (or lack thereof). In 1999, with help from non-profit legal organization the Innocence Project, DNA testing helps exonerate Williamson and Fritz. To this day, Ward and Fontenot remain in prison and maintain their innocence.

Critic Reviews for The Innocent Man Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The most interesting elements in the series are the ones left unexplored. Loose threads abound. And together, they hint at a larger story more compelling and less familiar than the one that's actually being told.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The Innocent Man doubles as a slightly overwrought inquiry into the soul of the "real" America.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The story is ingeniously played out, each episode ending on a cliffhanger that makes binge-watching virtually unavoidable.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The series uses two small-town murder investigations to question issues plaguing the entire criminal justice system, and the answers it arrives at are tough to swallow.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Unfocused series will appeal most to true crime fans.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fascinating, heartbreaking, and infuriating in equal measure.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It is fitting then, that this side of America - a rotten, crime-infested land of rampant corruption and backward beliefs - is brought to our attention by the same people that the country is trying to hide.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The docuseries hits all the right beats of a good true crime offering: sensational crime, unimaginable fallout, wild abuse of power, and of course, the heroic figures still fighting for the truth to come out.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

We've seen this type of story told so many times in recent years, and with such aesthetic similarities, that we recognize its rhythms before the series can even hit a first note.

Dec 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Although impressive in its specificity and a critical view into criminal justice failures, it ends up a much less compelling iteration of Making a Murderer.

Dec 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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