Conviction (2016)

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season

Conviction, a legal drama from ABC, premiered in 2016 and starred Hayley Atwell as the charismatic and rebellious former First Daughter Hayes Morrison. With her mother running for Senate, Hayes finds herself in the midst of a public relations nightmare after being caught in possession of drugs. When her Harvard Law professor father, played by Treat Williams, pulls some strings, Hayes is offered a deal to become the head of the newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.

The Conviction Integrity Unit is tasked with investigating potentially wrongful convictions and exonerating those who have been wrongly accused. Hayes is joined by an eclectic team of lawyers, including public defender turned prosecutor Sam Spencer, former police detective Maxine Bohen, forensic expert Franklin "Frankie" Cruz, and paralegal Tess Larson. Together, they dive into cases with a passion to make things right and expose corruption within the criminal justice system.

The show tackles some tough and controversial topics as the team attempts to overturn convictions of those who have been failed by the system. They tackle cases dealing with racial profiling, coerced false confessions, and police misconduct, among others. Through each case, the show encourages viewers to look beyond the headlines and see the individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.

Conviction is not just about solving crimes but is more focused on the personal journeys of each of the main characters. The show delves into the pasts of these characters, exploring their motivations for working in the legal field and how their own pasts and biases influence their work. The relationships between the characters are an essential part of the show, with the writers expertly weaving in conflicts and romantic tensions to keep viewers invested.

One of the most intriguing parts of Conviction is its main character, Hayes Morrison. She is a complex and flawed character who struggles with addiction and a strained relationship with her mother. At the same time, she is fiercely intelligent and passionate about her work, giving her a magnetic presence on screen. Hayes is unapologetic about her past and the decisions she has made but is constantly striving to be a better person and make a positive impact.

The show's fast-paced, witty dialogue keeps the audience engaged, making it a great option for those who enjoy legal dramas. The cases tackled by the Conviction Integrity Unit are often compelling and shocking, keeping viewers engaged and invested in the outcome. The show also explores the media's role in shaping public perception, adding a layer of realism to its portrayal of the criminal justice system.

Dan Slepian, the creator of the show, brings his extensive experience in both journalism and law to Conviction. This influence is evident in the show's unique approach to telling stories and the emphasis on the integrity of the criminal justice system. While the show only aired for one season and received mixed reviews, it remains a compelling watch for those interested in legal dramas with complex characters and morally ambiguous cases.

In summary, Conviction is a legal drama that tackles tough topics related to the criminal justice system, while also exploring the personal lives of its characters. It features fast-paced dialogue, compelling cases, and a magnetic lead in Hayes Morrison. While it only aired for one season, the show remains a worthwhile watch for those who enjoy character-driven dramas focused on justice and redemption.

Conviction (2016) is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 2016.

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Past, Prologue & What's to Come
13. Past, Prologue & What's to Come
January 29, 2017
Hayes reopens the failed case of Gerald Harris from her time as a defense attorney - the very case where she met Wallace almost 10 years ago.
Enemy Combatant
12. Enemy Combatant
January 15, 2017
Past President Morrison pays Hayes a surprise visit and urges her (and CIU) to tackle the case of Omar Abbas, a Muslim-American citizen detained for years without trial in a military facility for supposedly planning a chemical strike on Manhattan.
Black Orchid
11. Black Orchid
January 8, 2017
While Hayes and Wallace battle to juggle their professional and personal lives, they are requested at a crime scene that fits the M.O. of the infamous "Black Orchid Killer."
Not Okay
10. Not Okay
January 1, 2017
After Hayes and Wallace experience a passionate evening together, Hayes comes back to reality and carefully ponders sticking her toe into relationship waters with Wallace. Simultaneously, she also attempts to start repairs for her bitter loss in the death penalty case of Earl Slavitt.
A Different Kind Of Death
9. A Different Kind Of Death
December 5, 2016
Wallace takes the case of a death-row inmate, Earl Slavitt, to the CIU. Earl was accused of killing federal prosecutor Tom Simon, one of Wallace’s best pals. Simon did not agree with the death penalty, and Wallace, along with Simon’s widow, want to prove that Earl did in fact commit the crime.
Bad Deals
8. Bad Deals
November 28, 2016
CIU reopens the case of Sierra Macy, a teen girl who was abducted ten years ago and assumed dead - until she manages to flee her captor's home after he has a heart attack and dies. Sam, one of the original prosecutors, strongly believes that the right man was convicted: Sierra's past teacher Josh Fleck. Sam's obvious conflict of interest has Hayes second-guessing her choice to keep him on the CIU review of the case.
A Simple Man
7. A Simple Man
November 21, 2016
The next case Hayes takes on for the CIU is that of Leo Scarlata, a guy with diminished mental abilities, jailed for burning down his family's restaurant with deadly repercussions. Hayes figures out she may have taken on more than she had hoped, especially when a documentary team approved by Wallace starts following them.
6. #staywoke
November 14, 2016
The unexpected death of a young African American boy, shot by a police officer, triggers a racial firestorm and influences Hayes to re-examine the controversial case of Porscha Williams.
The 1 Percent Solution
5. The 1 Percent Solution
November 7, 2016
Hayes flings into damage-control mode after her controversial nationally televised interview, hoping to lessen the repercussions within her family and to her mom's Senate campaign. Meanwhile, the CIU accepts the case of a young man from the wrong side of town, convicted for murdering a wealthy woman whose privileged family took him in and cared for him as one of their own.
Mother's Little Burden
4. Mother's Little Burden
October 24, 2016
Hayes' recent transgressions ignite a media firestorm. Meanwhile, she and the crew take on the highly sensitive case of a mom, Penny, convicted for the death of her autistic son. The state's most compelling evidence originated from Penny's own video blog, revealing her frustrations and worries about her violent son. While the CIU team finds multiple leads, Hayes must do damage control in an attempt to save her job.
Dropping Bombs
3. Dropping Bombs
October 17, 2016
The CIU crew labors to exonerate a political activist serving a life sentence for leaving a bomb at a mosque that was fatal to a prominent Imam and three worshippers. The re-examination of the case brings to question the NYPD's role, which places Hayes in Wallace's crosshairs.
Bridge and Tunnel Vision
2. Bridge and Tunnel Vision
October 10, 2016
Wallace's career-making case is re-investigated by CIU team, but there are unknown complexities in this rape and robbery case, and the lady in the middle of the crime becomes victimized again, this time by the media.
1. Pilot
October 3, 2016
In the series premiere, Hayes Morrison must dig herself out of what could be a publicly embarrassing situation and in doing so makes a deal with her adversary to take on the Conviction Integrity Unit.
Where to Watch Conviction (2016)
Conviction (2016) is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Conviction (2016) on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 2016