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The Divide - S01 E03

Thriller . Drama

Christine's preoccupation with the Butler case makes it hard for her to focus on her impending bar exam, while Adam attempts to resolve his doubts by confirming Jenny Butler's eyewitness ID.

Episode Title: Facts Are The Enemy
Airs: 2014-07-23 at 09:00 pm
  • Willa Paskin

    All the pieces are here, not just for a real potboiler, but a satisfying character piece, the sort of show that can flood my living room anytime.

    Slate Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    There’s a certain amount of melodrama in the premiere (which is all that was previewed for critics), but the beginning fits a fair amount of nuance into a package that could have been a soapbox. Ireland in particular gives Christine fine shading, and the way that race plays into the story--and into Adam’s career ambitions--feels more natural than engineered.

    Time Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The Divide is a tense and thoughtful drama, with what promise to be complex characters and at least one breakout performance.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It is a smart, intense thriller inspired by the Innocence Project.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The series, which moves along at an engrossing clip, and never allows its characters easy outs, clearly has aspirations to break out of legal-thriller and activist-centric conventions, and should appeal to crime fans as well as those who enjoy a novelistic approach to television.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The leads are extraordinary. Ireland brings a nervy and riveting conviction to the role of the advocate. For Gupton (NBC's Prime Suspect), this is a charismatic, career-making role, and the most potent inducement to watch The Divide.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The strength of the show is that it reflects the truth that the justice system was created and is administered by men and women, who have complicated thoughts and points of view, and who may mean well, or be blinded by their own frailty and ambition.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s not perfect--the pace is a bit plodding at times,; some characters hew a little too close to types--but overall The Divide is an engaging endeavor.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The actors aren’t bad at all, but the script seems to block them from deepening their performances and coloring in the gray along the way.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    There’s no nice way to say the leads simply aren’t especially compelling, which might help better sell this otherwise familiar tale that hinges on a central mystery built around a death-penalty case.

    Variety Full Review