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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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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 (20) | Top Critics (5)

This captivating docu-series... explores how justice systems, big and small, are broken all across the United States.

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

December 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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

December 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.

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

Unfocused series will appeal most to true crime fans.

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

Fascinating, heartbreaking, and infuriating in equal measure.

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

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