Film Series | In English | Original Release: April 22, 2013 | 4 Seasons (30 episodes). Each episode is between 43 and 68 minutes
Daniel Holden was wrongfully imprisoned as a teenager for the death of his girlfriend. After enduring 19 years on death row, DNA testing is ordered and it proves he did not commit this crime. Daniel is now a free man and he returns to his hometown, Paulie, Georgia. But if Daniel expected an embrace and a warm welcome, he’s in for a rude awakening. The ex-prosecutor (now a State Senator) still thinks Daniel is guilty and he’s out to prove that the DNA analysis was incorrect. Daniel’s stepfather is also convinced of his guilt as are many of the townspeople. Daniel was next in line to run the family auto parts business but this is now being challenged by his stepbrother who feels he has first dibs. Daniel’s only active supporters are his sister Amantha and his lawyer Jon Stern. Experiencing these setbacks, Daniel begins to feel that being free, after 19 years behind bars, can make for a difficult adjustment.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 90%
- Metacritic Score: 82
Critics’ Choice Television Award: Aden Young for Best Actor and Abigail Spencer for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The series received a Peabody Award with the following citation: “A powerful, subtle dramatic series about a death-row inmate released after nearly two decades thanks to new DNA evidence, it ponders whether what’s been ever lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched.”
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