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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable procedural squanders a strong leading lady.

TV ABC Drama 2016
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

One of the best shows!

Conviction has a fantastic cast that portray a very unique ensemble of characters. Plus, the show brings up many socially relevant issues. I definitely recommend watching it.

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Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

cms underappreciated this one

OK I have to say it may not be the best show ever but it is a damn good one and it's only getting better I love the lead female here she's more qualified to run the country in real life than Clinton is a sassy yet sugary sweet girl she is I she is a good influence on young girls in making yourself stand up apart from the crowd and be your own thing she is a bit more than a, get the job done type of woman, I say watch this funny smart and genuinely kickass lady

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

After watching her wow audiences as über-intelligent undercover operative Agent Carter, it feels downright criminal to see Atwell wasted in this predictable procedural that lacks any real conviction. Most of the characters, including Atwell's own, feel disappointingly two-dimensional (in particular, the team of archetypal justice-seekers that comprise the CIU), and the cases they investigate aren't terribly compelling. The writing won't be winning any awards either, but at least Conviction's dialogue isn't as cringe-worthy as ABC's Notorious.

ABC explored the same topic before -- and did it far better -- with the short-lived but superior drama In Justice, which shadowed a group of dedicated attorneys and investigators (led by Kyle MacLachlan) who worked pro bono to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and make the guilty parties pay. We say it's too bad Atwell's not working with that team -- or better yet, that Agent Carter's not still on the case. This half-baked series can hardly compare.

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