Rectify: 5 Reasons Why It Should Be Your Next TV Show

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Rectify is the best television show you've never seen.

Commencing in the States back in 2013, the show – which has just concluded its third season – follows the story of Daniel Holden, a death row inmate who returns home after 20 years when fresh DNA evidence nullifies his conviction.  

Tonight, Rectify finally arrives in Britain on BT's new AMC channel. Here are five reasons why you should seek it out.

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1 | The plot is original and enthralling

Let's be honest – the concept of a man assimilating himself into society after almost two decades on death row is a great sell and one that Rectify nails. The series begins with Holden's release, while scattered flashbacks provide a glimpse of his time as prisoner. With every new episode, a fresh opinion is developed on whether or not he's guilty (he was accused of raping and murdering his childhood sweetheart) and yet the 'did-he-didn't-he' mystery never becomes the story's pull; it's the idea of a man who skirmished death interacting with people and environments for the first time in 20 years that draws you in – any show that can raise hairs by simply showing a character walk into a grocery store must be worth a look. 
 

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2 | The cast are stellar

Of course, it helps when you've assembled an ensemble that are up to the task. Aden Young is a downright revelation as Daniel Holden – assuming him to be innocent, his suppressed emotion and odd behaviour mean you're never completely sure. J Smith-Cameron, as his long-suffering mother Janet, and Abigail Spencer's (Ray Velcoro's ex-wife in True Detective season two) sister Amantha also deserve worthy mentions. But it's the fractured marriage of Daniel's step-brother and sister-in-law, Teddy and Tawney (Clayne Crawford and Adelaide Clemens) that give Holden a run for his money in the best character stakes. The names above? Remember them – big futures await.

3 | It has shades of Breaking Bad

...and trust us, we don't say that lightly. In three short seasons, Rectify has showcased a style of writing not dissimilar to Vince Gilligan's beloved meth drama – no surprise when you consider the two share producers. The subject matter, while equally as dramatic, doesn't fully succumb to its darkness either largely due to sporadic flashes of offbeat comedy. Furthermore, the entire series appears to be as meticulously plotted as Breaking Bad was, with each new season an improvement on the last. It's a sure bet that the name of series creator (and Deadwood actor) Ray McKinnon will soon be bandied around alongside Gilligan's.
 

4 | It's different to anything else on right now

Don't get us wrong – we love The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but if you're looking for even more frenetic battles, shock deaths and unbearable cliffhangers, you best run along.If, however, you're looking to add a slow-burning, fettered yet deeply rewarding series to your schedule, make it this one; unafraid to unfurl at its own leisure, the Georgia-set drama manages to eke the highest emotion from something as small as a glance – and for a show that regularly features a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man, that's impressive.

5 | You can be ahead of the game

It will probably take some time for Rectify to develop a broad audience over here, which spells good news for all those who are sent running at the mere mention of those Game of Thrones episodes you're yet to watch. Well, now's your time to strike. Allow Rectify to become your ace in the pack to deploy whenever TV chat arises; drop a few tactical mentions in now and three pub trips later – after your mates have binged the entire lot – you can get drunk off their admiration. Just don't forget to thank us.

Have you seen Rectify? Are you enjoying it?  

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