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Genre Drama
Legal drama
Southern gothic
Created by Ray McKinnon
Opening theme "Bowsprit" by Balmorhea
Composer(s) Gabriel Mann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Don Kurt
Location(s) Georgia
Running time 43–48 minutes
Original channel SundanceTV
Original run April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) – present
External links
Official website

Rectify is an American television drama series created by Ray McKinnon, and is the first original series from SundanceTV. It stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, and Luke Kirby. The series premiered on April 22, 2013 with a season one run of six episodes.[1] On May 1, 2013, SundanceTV ordered a second season of ten episodes,[2] which premiered on June 19, 2014.[3] A third season is scheduled to premiere in 2015. While no episode count was revealed at the time of the announcement, it is rumored to have six episodes.[4]


Daniel Holden was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna. After spending 19 years on death row, new DNA evidence vacates his original trial. He returns to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia.[5] The subsequent adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel, his extended family, and the townfolk are related as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Aden Young as Daniel Holden, convicted for the rape and strangulation murder of his teenage girlfriend Hanna but later released from prison after the discovery of conflicting DNA evidence.
  • Abigail Spencer as Amantha Holden, Daniel's younger sister who has always believed in his innocence.
  • J. Smith-Cameron as Janet Talbot, Daniel's mother.
  • Adelaide Clemens as Tawney Talbot, Ted Jr.'s wife. Daniel and Amantha's deeply religious sister-in-law
  • Clayne Crawford as Ted Talbot Jr., Daniel's stepbrother. His father married Daniel's mother after Daniel's father died while Daniel was in prison.
  • Luke Kirby as Jon Stern, Daniel's new lawyer. He did not defend Daniel in the rape and murder trial. He is in a relationship with Daniel's sister.
  • Bruce McKinnon as Ted Talbot Sr. (recurring season 1, main season 2), Daniel's stepfather. He runs the tire shop that was owned by Daniel's deceased father. Before that death he was a worker in the store.
  • Jake Austin Walker as Jared Talbot (recurring season 1, main season 2), Daniel's younger half-brother.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Michael O'Neill as Senator Roland Foulkes, who was the prosecutor who convicted Daniel and became State Senator in the aftermath.
  • Johnny Ray Gill as Kerwin Whitman, a death row inmate, and Daniel's friend. Kerwin is executed for murder before Daniel is released.
  • Jayson Warner Smith as Wendall Jelks, a death row inmate who antagonizes Daniel and Kerwin.
  • Sean Bridgers as Trey Willis, one of the original "witnesses" to Daniel's crime.
  • J. D. Evermore as Sheriff Carl Daggett, a local sheriff.
  • Hal Holbrook as Rutherford Gaines, Daniel's original lawyer.
  • Stuart Greer as Lid Comphrey


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 6 April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) June 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)[7] TBA March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)[8]
2 10 June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) August 21, 2014 (2014-08-21) TBA TBA TBA
3 6[4] 2015[4] TBA TBA TBA

Development and production[edit]

The series began development in 2008 when it was originally planned to air on AMC with Walton Goggins set to play the lead role.[9] Three years after originally being developed at AMC, SundanceTV announced it had ordered the series for six episodes, to become the channel's first original scripted series.[10] Production for the second season began on February 3, 2014, in Griffin, Georgia.[11]


In April 2012, Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens, Jonah Lotan, and J. Smith-Cameron were all cast in the series.[5] Aden Young was cast as the series lead in May 2012.[12] Luke Kirby was cast in June 2012, replacing Lotan as Daniel Holden's lawyer.[13]


The first season of Rectify received critical acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 82 out of 100 based on 28 reviews.[14] One of the positive reviews of Rectify was from the Los Angeles Times, which called the series "mesmerizing."[15] A less positive review in The New York Times noted the slow pace of the series after the first episode and a quarter.[16]

The second season continued to receive critical acclaim, with a Metacritic rating of 92 out of 100 based on 16 reviews.[17] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "it remains as riveting and unique as ever."[18]

Abigail Spencer was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress.[19]

For the 67th Writers Guild of America Awards, Kate Powers and Ray McKinnon are nominated for Best Episodic Drama for "Donald the Normal".[20]


  1. ^ "Sundance Channel original series RECTIFY premieres April 22 at 9PM". Sundance Channel. December 12, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Rectify' Renewed for Season Two by Sundance". TV by the Numbers. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Second Season of Sundance TV's Critically-Acclaimed Original Scripted Drama "Rectify" Will Premiere on Thursday, June 19th at 9:00 PM ET/PT" (Press release). Sundance Channel. March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (August 18, 2014). "SundanceTV Renews ‘Rectify’ For Third Season". Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 25, 2012). "Quintet Of Actors Cast In Sundance Channel’s Drama Series 'Rectify'". Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Dollar, Steve (April 25, 2013). "Building a Southern Gothic". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rectify - Press Release Announces 'The Complete 1st Season' of the Sundance Channel Show". May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rectify: Season 1 (DVD)". EzyDVD. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "AMC Announces Rectify as New Series in Development" (Press release). AMC. November 11, 2008. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sundance Channel Greenlights Original Scripted Series "Rectify"" (Press release). Sundance Channel. October 31, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Season Two of SundanceTV's Critically-Acclaimed Original Series "Rectify" Begins Production". The Futon Critic (Press release). February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (May 31, 2012). "Aden Young Snags Lead in Sundance Channel's 'Rectify' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ Marechal, Al (June 13, 2012). "Luke Kirby cast in Sundance’s 'Rectify'". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rectify - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ McNamara, Mary (April 22, 2013). "Review: 'Rectify' is a revelation that sets a new standard". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ Hale, Mike (April 21, 2013). "After Freedom, Peace Is at Stake". The New York Times. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rectify - Season 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ Goodman, Tim (June 17, 2014). "'Rectify': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (May 22, 2013). "'American Horror Story' and 'The Big Bang Theory' lead Critics Choice nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ Gelman, Vlada (December 4, 2014). "Good Wife, True Detective, Thrones, Louie Among 2015 WGA Nominees". TVLine. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 

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