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Parents need to know that Proven Innocent is a legal procedural about a lawyer in Chicago who represents the wrongfully convicted. It has some violence, including shootings, physical altercations, and bloody moments. There’s also sexual innuendo, ranging from kissing to references about being bad in bed, and some strong language ("damn," "hell," etc.). Drinking and drunken behavior is visible, and alcohol and drug use are also discussed as it relates to committing a murder.
What's the story?
PROVEN INNOCENT is a dramatic series about a young Chicago lawyer committed to defend people who are unfairly convicted of crimes. Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) was 18 when she and her brother Levi (Riley Smith) were wrongfully convicted of the murder of Madeline’s best friend Rosemary (Casey Tutton) by prosecutor Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer). Now she heads up the Injustice Defense Group, a law firm solely dedicated to the issue of wrongful convictions with her legal partner Easy Bodreau (Russell Hornsby), who is responsible for securing her freedom. Joining them is investigator Bodie Quick (Vincent Kartheiser) and communications director Violet Bell (Nikki M. James). As the forceful Madeline and her team unapologetically defend the innocent, they must contend with Bellows, who is driven to put her again behind bars. Throughout it all, Madeline is committed to finding out who Rosemary’s killer really is.
Is it any good?
This conventional series offers all the criminal twists and legal turns one expects from legal procedurals. Madeline Scott and her team spend time investigating the investigations that led to their clients’ wrongful arrests and convictions. Meanwhile, there’s lots of quid-pro-quo drama, as both Smith and Gore look for ways to seek retribution against one another. Adding to the drama are the flashbacks of a younger Madeline and Levi’s ordeal, which reminds viewers what's driving her. But the stories feel predictable, and as a result, Proven Innocent doesn’t deliver anything particularly original.
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Families can talk about wrongful convictions. Did you know that an estimated 20,000 innocent people are behind bars in the United States? How do you think this has happened?
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