Proven Innocent

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Predictable procedural has violence, innuendo, and drinking.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Innocent people go to jail as a result of prosecutor’s efforts to blame people for crimes, and it takes teamwork to get them out. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Madeline and Levi Scott are both deeply affected by their wrongful conviction and 10-year incarceration. Madeline isn’t easy to deal with, but is committed to seeking justice for those wrongfully accused.


Contains some bloody violent scenes, including close ups of point blank shootings, people being attacked with objects, etc. 


Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to being bad in bed. 


"Damn," "hell," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and cocktail drinking is visible. Drunken behavior, drug use, and addiction are factors in some cases. 

What parents need to know

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byXesbass April 7, 2019


Limp writing. Weak characters for the most part.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMr. President February 23, 2019

Great show!!

This show is very realistic and informative. There is some serious adult situations in the show but that is just due to the cases. If you are interested in law... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

  • How realistic is Proven Innocent when it comes to the time and effort it takes to get someone wrongfully convicted out of prison?

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