The Innocent Man

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  • TV-MA
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (6,478)

The Innocent Man is a riveting true crime docuseries from Netflix that delves deep into a murder case that shook a small Oklahoma town to its core. Based on John Grisham's bestselling book of the same name, the show tells the harrowing story of two wrongful convictions and the flawed justice system that put innocent men behind bars for decades.

The series begins with the tragic murder of Debbie Carter, a young waitress who was found brutally raped and murdered in her Ada, Oklahoma apartment in 1982. The police investigation was shoddy from the start, with detectives relying on coerced confessions and flimsy evidence to arrest two local men, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz.

The Innocent Man expertly weaves together contemporary interviews with key players in the case - including Williamson's family, journalists, and lawyers - with archival footage from the trial, news reports, and police files. The result is a chilling, eye-opening look at how wrongful convictions can occur in even the most seemingly straightforward cases.

Adding to the show's dramatic impact is the deeply personal element brought by Erik Anthony Russo, who co-produces the series and also acts as an advocate for wrongful conviction reform. Erik's own innocent brother, Anthony, spent over 13 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit before being exonerated, and the show uses his story to illuminate the broader flaws in the American criminal justice system.

The Innocent Man is not an easy watch - it deals with graphic violence, sexual assault, and the heart-wrenching toll of wrongful convictions on innocent people and their families. But it's an essential one, shedding light on a disturbing trend in American law enforcement and reminding viewers of the enormous stakes involved in achieving true justice.

Throughout the show, viewers are introduced to a range of unforgettable characters who play pivotal roles in the unfolding case, including Williamson's loyal sister, Renee, who tirelessly advocates for her brother's freedom even as his mental health deteriorates behind bars. We also see the compelling journey of attorney Kathleen Zellner, who takes up Williamson's case in the late 1990s and works tirelessly to uncover the truth about what happened to Debbie Carter.

Perhaps most hauntingly, the five-part series includes in-depth interviews with Dennis Fritz, who was convicted alongside Williamson and spent over a decade in prison before being exonerated. His frank, emotional recounting of the years he spent behind bars, cut off from his loved ones and trapped in a nightmare of his own making, is deeply moving.

Despite the difficult subject matter, The Innocent Man is a finely crafted piece of storytelling, expertly paced and full of gripping twists and turns. Part murder mystery, part social justice exposé, the series is a powerful indictment of a system that often values speedy arrests and closure over the pursuit of truth and the protection of the innocent.

The performances in the series are top-notch, with Heather McPhaul delivering an empathetic, nuanced portrayal of Debbie Carter that never veers into sensationalism. John Grisham, who wrote the book on which the show is based, serves as an authoritative voice throughout, providing context and analysis that helps viewers make sense of the complex legal issues at play.

Ultimately, The Innocent Man is a sobering reminder of the frailty of human institutions, and the urgent need for reforms that can ensure that justice is truly blind. As the credits roll, viewers are left with a deep sense of outrage and a burning desire to fight for change - and that, perhaps, is the greatest triumph of this unforgettable series.

The Innocent Man is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on December 14, 2018.

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The Innocent Man Episode 20
20. The Innocent Man Episode 20
November 15, 2012
Ma Ru asks Eun Gi to run away with him, but Eun Gi says it was over between them a long time ago. Ma Ru goes to Jae Hui and tells her to turn herself in since he sent the recording to the police. Jaegil discovers Ma Ru on the floor. Jae Hui and Eun Gi find out that Ma Ru is seriously ill. Eun Gi finally realizes she was wrong about Ma Ru.
The Innocent Man Episode 19
19. The Innocent Man Episode 19
November 14, 2012
Ma Ru blames himself for the way Jae Hui turned out. He offers her a chance to start over with him. Eun Gi sees them together and feels jealous and mad. Jun Ha tells Ma Ru about the day president Seo died and gets seriously injured in a car accident. Eun Gi is sure Jae Hui is behind everything.
The Innocent Man Episode 18
18. The Innocent Man Episode 18
November 8, 2012
Eun Gi gets her memory back and decides to get revenge against Ma Ru and Jae Hui. Ma Ru loves Eun Gi, but realizes he can
The Innocent Man Episode 17
17. The Innocent Man Episode 17
November 7, 2012
Eun Gi doesn
The Innocent Man Episode 16
16. The Innocent Man Episode 16
November 1, 2012
Eun Gi remembers happy memories and wants to marry Ma Ru. Jae Hui suffers because she can
The Innocent Man Episode 15
15. The Innocent Man Episode 15
October 31, 2012
Ma Ru brings Eun Gi to places they went to help her recover her memory and Eun Gi tries hard to remember. Jae Hui puts Eun Gi in a bind. Ma Ru goes to solve the problem, but ends up getting caught in a trap set by Min Yeong. Eun Gi
The Innocent Man Episode 14
14. The Innocent Man Episode 14
October 25, 2012
Eun Gi wakes up at the hospital, but is still shocked. Ma Ru is upset that he is the cause of her pain. Jae Hui tries to put Eun Gi in a difficult situation and Eun Gi falls for the trap.
The Innocent Man Episode 13
13. The Innocent Man Episode 13
October 24, 2012
Eun Gi and Ma Ru are happy together. Jae Hui and Min Yeong try to frame Ma Ru, but Ma Ru fights them. Eun Gi makes an effort to regain her memory and goes to her old house. Jae Hui sees that Eun Gi is different and tests her. Bits of memory keep coming back and Eun Gi collapses while talking to Jae Hui.
The Innocent Man Episode 12
12. The Innocent Man Episode 12
October 18, 2012
Jae Hui can
The Innocent Man Episode 11
11. The Innocent Man Episode 11
October 17, 2012
Ma Ru saves Eun Gi from Jae Sik. Eun Gi sees Ma Ru threaten Jae Sik and thinks he
The Innocent Man Episode 10
10. The Innocent Man Episode 10
October 11, 2012
Eun Gi has become like an innocent little girl and Ma Ru can
The Innocent Man Episode 9
9. The Innocent Man Episode 9
October 10, 2012
Eun Gi and Ma Ru spend some time at the beach. Eun Gi tells Ma Ru that she doesn
The Innocent Man Episode 8
8. The Innocent Man Episode 8
October 4, 2012
Ma Ru takes Eun Gi in when she shows up at his doorstep in bare feet. Jae Hui comes to apologize to Ma Ru for getting him beaten up, but sees Ma Ru holding Eun Gi. Mr. An tells Jae Hui that the president found out about their relationship. Ma Ru and Eun Gi plan to take a trip, but Jae Hui calls for help and Ma Ru goes to the cottage.
The Innocent Man Episode 7
7. The Innocent Man Episode 7
October 3, 2012
Eun Gi finds out about Ma Ru and Jae Hui. She is shocked that Ma Ru approached her to get revenge against Jae Hui. Jae Hui receives a phone call from her brother and doesn
6. 6
December 14, 2018
Tommy's attorneys prepare a new appeal. John Grisham speaks about what drew him to the stories surrounding the murders in Ada.
5. 5
December 14, 2018
While investigating the other possible suspects in Denice's murder, a reporter learns that getting people to talk can be tricky.
4. 4
December 14, 2018
An autopsy reveals a stunning contradiction to Tommy and Karl's confession. Also, an investigative reporter canvases Ada for leads.
3. 3
December 14, 2018
Citing new and previously withheld evidence, lawyers from the Innocence Project appeal the murder convictions of Ron and Dennis.
2. 2
December 14, 2018
Tommy recounts his conversation with police about Denice's disappearance. Authorities pursue leads in Debbie's murder while her mom struggles to cope.
1. 1
December 14, 2018
A young woman is found brutally murdered in 1982 in Ada, Oklahoma. Two years later, another woman goes missing, sparking rumors of a connection.
Where to Watch The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Innocent Man on demand at Amazon Prime and Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    December 14, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (6,478)