Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

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 Sheriff Carl Daggett (26 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Daniel Holden (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Amantha Holden (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Janet Talbot (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Tawney Talbot (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Ted Talbot Jr. (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jon Stern (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Jared Talbot (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Ted Talbot Sr. (20 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Trey Willis (14 episodes, 2013-2015)
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 Senator Roland Foulkes (14 episodes, 2013-2015)
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Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

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The series began development in 2008 when it was originally planned to air on AMC with Walton Goggins set to play the lead role. 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. See more »

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It's the time in between the seconds...
16 August 2014 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I discovered this on Netflix and knew nothing about it when I began watching it. It is a brilliant piece of television. This caliber of work is not common and it is a mesmerizing story. The writing is some of the best you'll find and this cast is without any weakness. This is not a chest thumping, triumphant, primal scream of a story. This is a walk through fear and uncertainty that is at times almost too painful to watch. But you must watch it.

I've read a few reviews here and one stood out for its criticism of the pace of the action and the "laconic" depiction of the lead character played by Aden Young. To that critique I would offer this analogy. Daniel, who at the age of 18 was sent to death row for rape and murder, is now free after 19 years. In the second episode of season one he is describing his time there, and what was "real" to him for those 19 years and he sums it up as, "the time in between the seconds". This is a man who for nearly two decades felt time passing in half seconds, every minute, of every hour, of every day, week, month, year, and decade. Aden Young portrays Daniel as someone who was suddenly pushed into freeway traffic, when he's never even seen a car. The everyday world is whizzing by him at a pace he's never seen or doesn't remember. He is in a constant state of confusion and bewilderment. Every move he makes is cautious because in his mind it could be his last. He is slow. And he is weird. And who wouldn't be after what he's been through.

The story does delve into the ugliness of prison life and may finally put "prison rape jokes" where they belong; on the trash heap with "regular" rape jokes and the "N" word. Primarily though it deals with the shock waves and exponential suffering experienced by so many because of a murder. Though no one suffered to the extent that the unseen murder victim did, Daniel's 19 years on death row as an innocent man, his lost youth, the experiences he endured and will never recover from, comes close. And all around him are more victims: his family, the family of the murdered girl, the community where it happened, all trying to recapture a "normal" that is forever lost. Some things cannot be fixed and you just have to live with them. It's an ugly lesson no one wants to learn.

The acting in this series is intense but measured. The undercurrents and crosscurrents are where everything happens. Aden Young is haunting as Daniel. Luke Kirby, who plays his attorney, must be the most natural actor in the world. From "Mambo Italiano", to "Say You Love Me", to "Rectify", he just disappears into the character and can be anything at any moment with so much subtlety that you forget you're watching a performance. For my money though, Clayne Crawford, playing the Daniel's stepbrother, is the breakout performance here. His character is written as a regular guy. A "bubba". His crumbling middle class life is the polarity to Daniel's gasp of air as he breaks the surface for the first time in 19 years. Crawford's "Ted Jr." is a good guy, a regular guy, but he can deliver a compliment with his words and imply a sense of danger in one note. He is a very gifted actor and a more than substantial counterweight to the emotional tomb of "Daniel".

It is almost the end of season 2 and there is a mine field of plot twists yet to be resolved. The genius of this script, however, is that we know from episode 1 that Daniel's guilt or innocence is not one of them. This is a gripping drama about the effects of a horrible crime. And from a perspective not often presented. "Rectify" is some of the best writing and acting to be seen anywhere.

UPDATE: 8/1/15 -- I called it when I wrote the above review. Now I want to re-emphasize it halfway into the third season. CLAYNE CRAWFORD gives the most complex, multi-layered, multi-faceted, performance in this deep and stellar cast. It appears to me that the writers are developing his storyline more to capitalize on his massive acting chops. He is in good company with this ensemble but he is in a league of his own. The car ride scene with his step-half-brother at the end of episode 2 is bone chilling. I love seeing an actor with this kind of talent being given the opportunity to use it to his or her maximum. I don't know where this guy came from but based on his performance here I can't wait to see what he does next.


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