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on May 8, 2017
Just wonderful. The unconventional treatment, the acting, the brilliant writing, everything about this series is unique and compelling. The portrayal of a man who struggles to make sense of an unfamiliar world after being on death row since he was a teenager, is finely and deeply crafted. There are no easy answers, no hackneyed plot lines, just an arrow piercing the inner darkness and freeing something beautiful. A work of art.
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on December 13, 2016
Outstanding storyline and acting. Did prison ministry at a maximum security unit in texas for over 20 years and also visited men on death row several times and was amazed at the realism of the prison scenes, in particular Mr. Young's portrayal of an inmate in long term segregation.
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on December 7, 2013
Slow, thoughtful, intelligent, and haunting. If you're looking for plot-driven, take you by the hand and lead you through storytelling, this won't be for you. But it's an amazing examination of the psychological adaptations a man might make to keep himself sane through decades of brutality and isolation, as well as the effects on a small town of the return of an assumed killer. The acting, direction, and cinematography are excellent. Well worth your time, and the availability of HD on Amazon is a much better experience than watching it on Sundance in standard def (and worth the price of a movie ticket to see 5+ hours of great filmmaking).
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on August 6, 2015
I wish I could give it more stars. This show is BRILLIANT in EVERY respect...the writing is phenomenal, the acting is stunning, the music blows me away. I just gave it my highest recommendation it to a minister who spent 15 years as the death house chaplain in the Texas prison system, because I knew that with his first-hand experience he would find the spiritual and psychological treatment of the subject extremely realistic and worthwhile. I'd like to hug everybody involved in making this masterpiece.
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on September 1, 2014
So unusual to find something of this depth on television, despite the renaissance of quality television drama. It's almost impossible to name a best actor - the entire ensemble is superb. The pace of the show is initially slow - mirroring that of the protagonist's reentry in some ways - but please invest in the first few episodes and you will get a wonderful payoff.

It is a sometimes uncomfortable experience watching this series. Not because of the circumstances of the protagonist so much as because of his character itself. I can't really elaborate without spoilers. The foundation theme, of course, has its own discomfort. I suspect that this will be an emotional roller coaster, but it will definitely not be a happy pill.

Ok, if forced, I would pick his sister-in-law as the best actor.
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on March 21, 2014
I came across this show by accident while browsing on Amazon prime T.V. and was blown away by both its intriguing subject matter and the quality of acting. The story of Daniel, a man who spent 19 years on death row only to be released by DNA evidence, is heart wrenching to watch and it repulses you to see the past and current malicious injustice at the hands of ignorant people. The actor portraying Daniel is superb and he compels you to keep watching as Daniel himself tries to come to grips with his own belief as to his innocence.

The writers portray the horrific day to day living on death row that make you question the whole subject of the death penalty as it appears grossly inhumane.

I cannot wait for Season 2.
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on May 20, 2013
This journey down the rabbit hole of the real and mundane starts with the release of the protagonist, Daniel Holden, from death row after 19 years due to DNA evidence. Although his guilt or innocence remains unclear, the whodunit of it is beside the point. How he is to fit into any life and how we all fit together (or don't) is the show's concern. This slow burn series is thought provoking, nuanced, delicate and what I believe to be the best writing on T.V. ever. It is insightful to the human condition, hyper aware of the convenience, artifice, and convoluted nature of our modern life and the books and writing it mentions alone make it worth the watch. It gives you the gift of varied viewpoints with mirrors as well as pictures and I believe the actors are all doing their very best. Unlike a show like Mad Men (which I like) it doesn't try so hard to make you think, it coaxes you there, you want to rise to the material. Show runner Ray McKinnon, an underrated actor and accomplished writer and director, is masterful and has my complete attention. These six episodes are the best television I have ever seen.
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Enthusiast: Cookingon December 12, 2013
Oh, this is a fabulous series. We got it because it seemed an excellent exploration of someone released from prison, but it is much more than that. The protagonist is beautifully scripted and acted, and there's a ever-tightening string of tension running through the series. Lots of questions, too. Highly recommended.
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on January 23, 2017
A really enjoyable series, with exceptional performances by all the actors, but especially Aden Young as main character. Would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a great story, talented actors and an intellectually stimulating and memorable experience. HRT
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on February 4, 2016
This series is so well written and you get sucked into it without really knowing why. It can be slow sometimes and difficult to watch at other times, but the dialog is very real and moving particularly in the second season. The acting is terrific.l
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