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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 3
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Don Kurt
Location(s) Georgia
Running time 43–54 minutes
Production company(s) Gran Via Productions
Zip Works
Original network SundanceTV
Original release April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) – present
External links
Official website

Rectify is an American television drama series created by Ray McKinnon and 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 consisting of six episodes premiered on July 9, 2015.[4] Prior to its third season premiere, Rectify was renewed for a fourth season,[5] which was later confirmed to be the final season and is scheduled to premiere in fall 2016.[6]


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, and he returns to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia.[7] 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.[8]

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, Teddy's wife, and Daniel, Amantha, and Jared's deeply religious sister-in-law.
  • Clayne Crawford as Ted "Teddy" 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–present), Daniel's stepfather. He was once a worker at the tire store owned by Daniel's father but took over after his death.
  • Jake Austin Walker as Jared Talbot (recurring season 1, main season 2–present), Daniel's younger half-brother.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • J. D. Evermore as Carl Daggett, a local sheriff.
  • Michael O'Neill as Senator Roland Foulkes, who was the prosecutor who convicted Daniel and became State Senator in the aftermath.
  • Sean Bridgers as Trey Willis, one of the original "witnesses" to Daniel's crime.
  • Johnny Ray Gill as Kerwin Whitman, a death row inmate and Daniel's friend. Kerwin is executed for murder before Daniel is released.
  • Sharon Conley as Sondra Person, a district attorney.
  • Jayson Warner Smith as Wendall Jelks, a death row inmate who antagonizes Daniel and Kerwin.
  • Kim Wall as Marcy, a waitress at a local restaurant.
  • Robin Mullins as Judy Dean, Hanna Dean's mother.
  • Linds Edwards as Bobby Dean, Hanna's brother.
  • Michael Traynor as George Melton, another witness to Daniel's crime.
  • Ashley LeConte Campbell as Wynn Lovaas, the manager at Thrifty Town, where Amantha works.
  • Stuart Greer as Lid Comphrey, Sheriff Daggett's partner.
  • Faith Renee as Alice Willis, Trey Willis' daughter


Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 6 April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
2 10 June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) August 21, 2014 (2014-08-21)
3 6 July 9, 2015 (2015-07-09) August 13, 2015 (2015-08-13)

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.[7] 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]


Critical response[edit]

Ray McKinnon, along with Mark Johnson, Clayne Crawford, Aden Young, J. Smith-Cameron, Abigail Spencer and Melissa Bernstein, accept the Peabody Award for Rectify.

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] Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a rating of 90% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4 out of 10, with the critical consensus: "Rectify is a stylish drama that rewards patient viewers with deep characters and plotlines."[17]

The second season continued to receive critical acclaim, with a Metacritic rating of 92 out of 100 based on 16 reviews.[18] Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a 95% rating, based on 20 reviews with an average rating of 9 out of 10 and the critical consensus: "Its scenic landscapes and rewarding slow burn prove Rectify's second season to be just as good, if not better, than the first."[19] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "it remains as riveting and unique as ever."[20]

The third season also received critical acclaim with a Metacritic rating of 89 out of 100 based on 11 reviews.[21] Rotten Tomatoes gave the third season a 100% rating, based on 15 reviews with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 and the critical consensus: "Rectify's subtlety draws viewers in deeper during season three – and they continue to be rewarded with quality acting, compelling dialogue, and thought-provoking drama."[22] Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "It's rich with beautifully crafted scenes that capture the distance, anger, and confusion of a fragmenting family and souls in flux."[23] Brian Lowry of Variety wrote, "Rectify remains a master class in nuance — in small looks and long pauses that say more than pages of dialogue."[24]

Critics' top ten lists


Abigail Spencer was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.[28] For the 67th Writers Guild of America Awards, Kate Powers and Ray McKinnon were nominated for Best Episodic Drama for "Donald the Normal".[29] For the 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards, Aden Young was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series.[30]

The series was awarded with a 2014 Peabody Award, with the organization stating, "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 lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched."[31]

For the 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards, the series received three nominations, for Best Drama Series, Aden Young for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Clayne Crawford for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[32]

Home video[edit]

Full episodes of seasons 1 and 2 are accessible to stream at Netflix, as of September 2015.[33] Also, full episodes of season 3 are accessible to stream at[34] and at until October 13, 2015; for season 3 episodes 1 and 2, no login is required.[35] On DVD, the first season was released on June 18, 2013,[36] and the second season was released on June 2, 2015.[37]


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