The series is created and written by Ray McKinnon, who exec produces along with Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson. It centers on Aden Young’s Daniel Holden, a man recently released from death row after serving 19 years for the rape and murder of his high-school girlfriend. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Bruce McKinnon and Jake Austin Walker play extended members of his family who are finding ways to relate to him after his newly found freedom sends him back to their small Georgia town. Luke Kirby plays Daniel’s lawyer, Jon Stern.
While never a ratings hit for SundanceTV, “Rectify” has been a critical darling for the cabler and helped it to be known along with big sister AMC as a place for quality content. In reviewing its third-season finale, Variety critic Brian Lowry called the show “lyrical and hypnotic” and wrote that “at a time when more TV dramas feel like the great American novel, ‘Rectify’ is something of a marvel, playing like a little haiku.”
The series won a Peabody Award in 2015 and is currently nominated for three Critics Choice Television Awards, including one for best drama series.
“‘Rectify’ is in many ways an existential story that was allowed to come to life during an existential era in serial storytelling,” said McKinnon. “It was a case of perfect timing with the perfect partners. I have always felt that ‘Rectify’ could end at any time or just as easily continue. Well, not easily. But there is no perfect ‘end’ for this story nor for these characters. They will continue to live on. We just won’t document them any longer. And the timing of this ‘non-end’ end feels exactly right. SundanceTV has been a dream to work with on this journey; I am so grateful to have been allowed the freedom to tell the tale I wanted to tell in the way I felt it should be told with the mad and beautiful collaborators who joined me on the ride… Oh wait, we haven’t shot the final season yet. I’ll get back to you.”
The final season of “Rectify” goes into production in 2016.