Friday 21:00 on FOX
1 Seasons, 13 Episodes

Genre: / Musical / Drama


Proven Innocent follows an underdog criminal defense firm led by Madeline Scott, a fierce and uncompromising lawyer with a hunger for justice. There is no one who understands the power of setting an innocent person free more than Madeline. At age 18, she was wrongfully convicted, along with her brother, Levi, in a sensational murder case that made her an infamous media obsessio more
...n, a household name and a national cause célèbre. Madeline runs the firm with her partner, Easy Boudreau, the very lawyer who helped set her free after 10 years in prison. Their team also includes investigator Bodie Quick and communications director Violet Bell, who runs a true-crime podcast that follows each investigation. While a hero and a victim to some, Madeline’s bold and bullish tactics earn her a number of enemies – especially Gore Bellows, the prosecutor who initially put her away and still believes in her guilt. Despite Bellows’ ceaseless quest to see her behind bars again, Madeline will continue to defend others, even as she fights to maintain her innocence and searches for the real killer in her own case.
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  • In Defense of Madeline Scott, Part 2

    In Defense of Madeline Scott, Part 2

    Madeline was acquitted, Ravi was unmasked, and Bellows resorted to murder.

    Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 13 resolved all unanswered questions and left us with a couple of final twists.

    It was a fun, twist-filled ride, but now that Rosemary's death isn't hanging over everyone's head, is there anyplace left to go if Proven Innocent returns for a second season?

    Let's start with the good news: Everyone should be lining up to grovel at Madeline's feet after the real killer got exposed.

    One of the most powerful moments was when Heather came to Madeline's door to admit she had been wrong about her all along.

    Heather: I really need to talk to you.
    Madeline: About what?
    Heather: I got one of those tapes too.

    • Permalink: I got one of those tapes too.

    Heather didn't only admit she was wrong; she ...


  • Shaken


    We knew it was going to happen eventually.

    Bellows' obsession with getting Maddie for Rosemary's murder had to lead to her arrest sooner or later.

    And on Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 11, he managed to find the murder weapon and a weak connection so that he could do just that.

    There's so much that's frustrating about this, but let's start with how weak Bellows' case is against Maddie.

    I didn't see him do a single bit of forensic testing on the lantern. Maybe there isn't any such evidence since it's been at the bottom of a lake for 10 years, but it seems his whole case consists of a woman who is well known to have a grudge against Maddie claiming that she saw Maddie with the murder weapon.

    Technically, that satisfies probable cause, I guess, but it doesn't seem like the case would even make it to trial before being dismissed on such shoddy evidence, especially since the whole thing is somewhat of a run around do...


  • SEAL Team Deep Six

    SEAL Team Deep Six

    Maddie and company found a new court in which to attempt to free a wrongfully convicted prisoner.

    This time out, they veered into JAG territory on Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 10.

    Not surprisingly, in the still male-dominated military, a confrontational female such as Maddie wasn't well received.

    Then again, that made her the perfect person to take on the case of Rachel Clarke.

    Rachel was in line to become the first female SEAL team member, until she got convicted of killing a fellow SEAL candidate who unfortunately was the base commander's son-in-law.

    Related: Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 9 Review: Acceptable Losses

    At first, it seemed like the Navy, an old boys' network, didn't want a woman infiltrating its premiere team.

    A woman getting rejected by the man she loved was motive enough to convict her. After all, women are emotional and ...


  • Acceptable Losses

    Acceptable Losses

    I didn't think the Proven Innocent team would ever lose a case.

    But they did, and Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 9 turned out to be the most heartbreaking story the show has given us yet.

    The only question is which was sadder: Devon's unfair execution or Easy's realization that his old mentor had dementia.

    The Judge Fry subplot was one of my favorites on any show, ever.

    Memory loss and dementia have been done to death on TV, but this was one of the most realistic -- and most moving -- depictions I've ever seen.

    This guy was Easy's mentor and a well-respected judge, but his memory difficulties were turning him into part of the problem. It showed that even the most well-intentioned people can contribute to injustice, sometimes for reasons beyond their control.

    Related: Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 8 Review

    For Easy, the enemy here wasn't a h...


  • The Struggle for Stonewall

    The Struggle for Stonewall

    I was excited when I heard that Proven Innocent was going to have a story involving a transgender client.

    I'm transgender, and it thrills me whenever there's any representation of my community at all. And Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 8 definitely did not disappoint!

    In some ways, this story was like any other case on this show, but in others it was different, and I loved that.

    There's always a danger with these sorts of stories that they'll become overly preachy.

    For the most part, Proven Innocent avoided that.

    Cindy made a speech about the 40% suicide rate in the transgender community and Maddie made several speeches about the absolute cruelty of taking transgender people's hormones away from them in prison.

    These conversations felt like a natural part of the story as well as being important social messages that viewers might not have been aware of. 

    The most powerful comment on the disc...


  • Living and Dying in East Cleveland

    Living and Dying in East Cleveland

    TV dramas take on death penalty cases so often it's become a trope. Usually, these stories are heavy-handed tales meant to incite viewers to protest against the death penalty.

    But Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 7 provided one of the best takes on this controversial issue I've seen in a long time.

    There was no preaching or over-the-top messaging. Instead, the story spoke for itself and the death penalty became yet another example of how our deeply flawed criminal justice system hurts people.

    I expected there to be more of a conflict between Maddie and Amina.

    Amina's initial opinion that Maddie only took high-profile, guaranteed-to-win cases made it seem like she wasn't going to be won over any too easily. Plus, East Cleveland was her neighborhood, so I thought Maddie's way of doing things might be ineffective or offensive to the people she needed to talk to.

    Amina: Oh please. There ain't no ending anyth...


  • A CinderHella Story

    A CinderHella Story

    It had to happen sooner or later.

    Defending the wrongfully convicted always meant risking that a guilty person would be found innocent.

    Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 6 resulted in just that but was Maddie wrong to pursue this case?

    There certainly was enough evidence for reasonable doubt!

    Before Kaufman showed up on the scene, Maddie and her team had uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, caught an eyewitness in a major lie, and found a few other suspects that the cops never bothered to look at.

    A significant part of the case against Adele was that she had bruises on her wrists, but a psychiatrist testified that she got those in the psych ward after the murder and that the cops weren't interested in hearing that particular truth.

    Adele's original lawyer thought the cops were suffering from a severe case of confirmation bias, and Maddie's investigation seemed to back that up. So it was understandable that she ...


  • Cross to Bear

    Cross to Bear

    Criminal defense attorneys often take the stand that even personally repulsive clients deserve adequate representation. The idea is that either rights are for everybody or they're for nobody.

    But what happens if that client shows signs of hating you and all the people like you?

    Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 5 explored how messy the fight for justice can get when the client in question is not a marginalized person who was convicted because of prejudice but is instead someone who has fanned the flames of hate for years -- all without getting preachy or letting an agenda drive the story.

    There was so much compelling story here that it's hard to know where to begin!

    Easy once again found himself caught between his value system and his chosen obligation to defend the innocent, but even his dilemma wasn't as interesting as Violet's reaction.

    Violet is far more than just the podcast host. She's a valued member of the team a...


  • The Shame Game

    The Shame Game

    One of the things I love most about Proven Innocent is that it's not afraid to tackle hot button issues.

    Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 4 took on abortion and Islamaphobia. The story couldn't come at ea better time, considering the controversy in Congress over Representative Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel and the anti-Muslim attacks against her that were not similarly decried, all right before this episode aired.

    This show took a stand without sacrificing entertainment. Fantastic!

    The case caused a conflict between Easy and Madeline that added another dimension to the already compelling story.

    I love how complex Easy is. His subplots always raise questions that aren't easy to answer, and he's fully three-dimensional while embracing positions that don't match the rest of the team's.

    Related: Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 3 Review

    The pro-life vs. p...


  • A Minor Confession

    A Minor Confession

    Proven Innocent did it again!

    I'm not just talking about the win Maddie and Easy got in court, either.

    Proven Innocent Season 1 Episode 3 presented another scathing critique of the criminal justice system, deepened the mystery about Rosemary's death, and upped the stakes thanks to Bellow pulling a dirty political trick -- all without being preachy, boring, or contrived.

    I was attracted to this show because I'm passionate about criminal justice reform, but I fell in love with the characters.

    I think Easy's backstory is my favorite subplot. 

    Easy: Looking for this? [holds up ID] Carlos Gomez. You were gonna use a fake ID?
    Michael: This guy gave it to me.
    Easy: If you got caught, you'd be arrested, thrown into the system. Life as you know it would change, son.
    Michael: I wasn't gonna -
    Easy: You don't get it, do you? As a black boy living in Chicago, you got a target on your back every time you...


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