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Conviction - S01 E02


Hayes confronts Wallace head-on, investigating the case that made his career ten years ago: the Prospect 3. Three young white men confessed to the rape and robbery of a young black woman. Hayes hopes to catch Wallace off guard with the team's investigation, but the complex case serves up a major surprise. When the young woman's character takes a hit in the press during the investigation, she is victimized for a second time, which Hayes takes personally.

Episode Title: Bridge And Tunnel Vision
Airs: 2016-10-10 at 22:00
  • John Anderson

    Judging from the premiere episode, Conviction is not just compelling and topical, it’s a master class in TV-series construction.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The procedural element is smartly done, the stakes realistically high, and Atwell's chemistry with Cahill's D.A. compelling.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Dave Nemetz

    A show like Conviction, which is fine but not terribly inspiring.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    The show’s pacing is brisk, the acting is fine on all fronts (the British-born Atwell’s American accent slips a bit here and there) and it’s nice to look at--which just might be enough to keep Conviction going.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s slightly above average as this type of series is concerned but not something that will satisfy "Castle" fans still smarting from its cancellation.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The self-imposed restriction of having only 5 days to handle each case gives the episode some urgency, but the clunky dialogue and viewer hand-holding sets it back.

    Collider Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    Hayley Atwell tries her hardest, but Conviction has too many clichés for her to overcome single-handedly. She deserves a better show than this one. In fact, we all do.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    Conviction doesn’t have the courage of its, errr, principles. It wants to prove the justice system is broken, but it still believes justice comes from a cool office with glass walls and attractive people.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The weekly cases aren’t going to dazzle, based on the pilot. That means the cast has to shine, and it only flickers.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Much of this is pretty standard stuff, part legal drama, part soap. Atwell, though, is always so lively and interesting to watch. But the material may sink her at the end.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Atwell’s performance is solid enough, particularly when Armstrong is around for badgering purposes. But the weekly skirmishes with “The System” end in ways that at best strain credulity.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Atwell is skilled, but with just 42 minutes and a whole murder case to get through, her First Daughter backstory and the wide net cast for her character feel a lot like grasping at distant, barely visible straws. Still, Conviction is a fun watch, and a series that will likely resolve its initial hiccups.

    Variety Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Conviction is so into overkill, it’s hard to tell what to take seriously.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Conviction, co-created by Liz Friedman and Liz Friedlander, prefers the blunt approach, in strict accordance with ABC’s predictably melodramatic house style for one-hour dramas. The edits from scene to scene can feel more like amputations than quick cuts.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    In short, Chelsea Clinton's evil twin from a parallel and even more dysfunctional universe! Any way we can beam back to the days of Amy Carter? Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Atwell showing up nets it brownie points, but the show has no idea how to use her to its strengths, and subsequently only reveals its own glaring, fumbling weaknesses.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There are twists and turns, as you’d expect, but few of them are any more believable than the characters, who feel like empty vessels into which traits and quirks have been randomly poured.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Amber Dowling

    [Conviction] is a mess from beginning to end, full of clichéd characters and confusing rules.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The cases are unsurprising, the central characters’ back stories are contrived, and the show’s efforts to be sexy and saucy are clumsy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    IF House of Cards and Scandal didn't convince you that Hollywood has mixed feelings about political wives with their own political ambitions, you should check out ABC's Conviction. Beyond that, I can't think of a reason to bother.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    There are worse things on TV than Conviction, but this is a waste of time and talent.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The plot is ridiculous, the writing is bad and Atwell seems embarrassed to be there.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    An overheated, overwritten and implausible story.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Coercion might be the only way to get an audience for this incredibly labored legal drama.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    A law procedural so paint-by-numbers it's like everybody gave up halfway through and added terrible colors out of boredom.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review