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Hand of God 1 Season

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Season 1
Available on Prime
4.3 out of 5 stars (29,941) IMDb 7.6/10

An Amazon Original Series: A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.

Starring:
Ron Perlman, Dana Delany

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Season 1
1. Pilot

After the attempted suicide of his only son, PJ, Judge Pernell Harris believes he can hear the voice of God, and the voice is telling him to find out who raped PJ's wife Jocelyn -- the reason PJ tried to end his life - and bring him to justice. Spurred on by a questionable pastor named Reverend Paul, he teams up with KD, a zealot and violent ex-con, and sets out on a vigilante mission.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes Release date: August 28, 2014
2. Inside Voice

Pernell continues to follow his visions in his quest to find out who raped Jocelyn, convinced it will wake his son from his coma. After a questionable verdict involving KD, Mayor Bobo is left to confront the Brooks Innovations team, who are having doubts about the city deal. PJ's best friend, Josh, and his wife Jocelyn, recruit a hotshot lawyer, Nick Tramble, to defend taking PJ off life support.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
3. Contemplating the Body

With KD under police surveillance and the Brooks deal hanging by a thread, Pernell must pass a psych evaluation, apologize on the record, and get his hands dirtier than he ever has before. Jocelyn's grief has taken on a dangerous ritual, just as Crystal pressures the lawyer to drop her daughter-in-law's case. At Hand of God chapel, Alicia and Paul prepare a high-profile meal for the homeless.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
4. He So Loved

Pernell is torn when a vision convinces him to betray someone close to him to get answers about who hurt Jocelyn. Crystal is frustrated when Pernell refuses to take a prescription, and recruits her weed dealer, April, to spy inside Hand of God. Tessie's estranged brother reaches out and convinces her to get answers from Bobo about the family's eviction - and whether it's tied to the Brooks deal.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
5. Welcome the Stranger

KD goes to jail to find out who ordered Jocelyn's rape. Pernell joins Bobo at a men's-only retreat to convince the DWP chair to help with the Brooks plan. Pernell struggles to reconcile his new faith with his love for a call girl, just as he must compete for Tessie's affection. Paul and Alicia audition for a powerful televangelist, while friends from Paul's past threaten his success.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
6. For the Rain to Gather

When KD returns with new clues, Pernell's call girl Tessie agrees to go undercover to follow the trail. Pernell enlists the church to stage a prayer vigil for PJ, interrupting Jocelyn's plans. April bonds with Alicia and gets wind of a potentially explosive secret. Pernell realizes Crystal may have crossed the line while trying to help him. And Bobo risks losing his dignity - and his son's respect.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
7. A Bird in Hand

With Pernell close to fulfilling his mission, he dispatches KD to serve justice. Paul and Alicia train with the televangelists to become picture-perfect TV Christians - still contending with Alicia's secret. Crystal finds damning evidence of Pernell's extramarital affairs, and debates what to do about it. Jocelyn goes public with her own personal burden in an attempt to finally heal.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
8. One Saved Message

When a deadly mistake leads Pernell to question his anointed status, he seeks help from a no-nonsense therapist, and begins to recall his unraveling after PJ's suicide. Crystal and Bobo face backlash for enabling Pernell. Alicia and Paul come to grips with a difficult decision, while KD deals with his own guilt. Jocelyn becomes suspicious of Pernell.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
9. A Flower that Bees Prefer

Pernell struggles to suppress his intensifying hallucinations, as the legal battle with Jocelyn over PJ's life comes to a dramatic conclusion. Alicia is faced with a difficult decision that could affect both Paul and the future of Hand of God. KD unravels as he questions whether he placed his faith in a false prophet.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: September 4, 2015
10. The Tie That Binds

With newfound evidence and renewed conviction, Pernell believes he's finally uncovered the truth of PJ's suicide and who was behind Jocelyn's rape. Crystal intervenes, fearing her husband is suffering a relapse that may have serious consequences. Bobo must confront what he's sacrificed for the Brooks deal. Paul and Alicia receive news that could destroy everything they've been working for.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute Release date: September 4, 2015
Bonus: An Inside Look At: Hand Of God

Power. Politics. Money. Sex. Religion. Creator Ben Watkins, acclaimed director Marc Forster and stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delany explore the difference between justice and revenge

TV-MA CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: August 28, 2014
Bonus: Hand of God Season 1 Official Trailer

The official trailer for Hand of God, a new Amazon Original Series available only on Amazon Prime.

CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: August 3, 2015

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This was fantastic, especially since I went in with no expectations. From the opening credits to the final scene, I was completely hooked and entertained. This may be Ron Perlman's best role yet. I was also happy to see a favorite from The Wire, Andre Royo, as the mayor. However, the character I was most impressed with was Dana Delaney's wife of Judge Harris. She's a strong, impressive female character who is a great counterpart to Judge Harris. At least from first impressions, she's not a Carmela Soprano or Gemma who ignores what her husband is up to and might be the only one to call "bulls***" on the choices he's making. Other strong performances include Garret Dillahunt, who plays a leader of a small bible study group who has a shady past and is at first someone who seems untrustworthy. Also impressive is Alona Tal, who gives a powerful, emotional performance as Harris' daughter-in-law.

I think what I liked best about the episode was the pacing and unexpected direction it went. I was expecting and dreading for the first episode to give away too many answers. Thankfully, it did not. The final scene is very well-deserved.

I hope this gets picked up to series, because I would love to see what happens next.
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Perhaps the most thought provoking series since Breaking Bad. In an era in which people more and more are manipulated by those who use religion for their own selfish needs this series plays in that gray area. Perlman is giving the performance of his career. Dillahunt returns to serious drama with a powerful punch (if Perlman's Harris is Walter White, Dillahunt's KD is Pinkman). Reverend Curtis has the makings of one of the great villains (he's the unholy coupling of Elmer Gantry, Jerry Lundegaard and Boyd Crowder). The final moment twist takes this psychological drama into possibly the heightened insanity of Twin Peaks and True Detective.

I have yet to be drawn to a Amazon series until now this can be the breakout series which has the quality to rival HBO, FX and Showtime in terms of the perfect balance of serious drama, pulpiness and a vivid protagonist.
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What you'll find here:

1) Well-drawn, layered characters who swim comfortably in the gray area.
2) Unpredictable storytelling that keeps you hooked from moment one until the multiple twist ending.
3) Wonderful performances by every single actor put in front of the camera and a sleek, atmospheric direction that plunges you into these characters' world.

If you like your pilots intriguing, fresh, and original...this is the show for you. Hands down one of the best pilots I've seen in awhile... and heads and tails above most everything on network TV. Do yourself a favor: click play. Indulge. Then vote this through to become our next binge-worthy obsession.
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Someone else wrote "Disturbing and thought provoking" which I find very to the point. Unique characters which are brilliantly portrayed by the actors, especially Dana Delany and Ron Perlman. Sex, drugs, corruption, crime & religion make for an explosive mix. So morally f*@#ed up you just want to see more!
Hope Amazon orders a full season!
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Would like to watch the whole series. Excellent cast and acting was superb
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Brilliant pilot! It had me hooked from the first scene. I love the complexity of each of the main characters and the intensity of the storyline. Dana Delany and Ron Perlman both turn in wonderful performances. I hope we get to see more of this.
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This is an intriguing, well thought out, extremely well written and well produced show. Obviously a lot of money went into the production of this pilot, and it shows. It's meant to be a blockbuster, and it is. This is a show to rival the best that HBO can produce. I would recommend it to everyone I know. Of course I love Ron Pearlman and watch everything he's in, he does a wonderful job in this production. He's so convincing as the protagonist who leaves you wondering who does he really serve, good or evil? The supporting cast is amazing, these are people we have watched in so many other productions from Law and Order to Deadwood and others, and they do such a natural job of fitting in here to fill the roles that they've taken on. Watching this is like watching a feature film, you just want it to go on and on. Don't leave us hanging Amazon, continue this one on for the 2014 season.
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Great premise, solid writing and good acting. Never know where a show will go once it takes off but a fabulous start.
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