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A non-linear crime series shown on CBS All Access in February 2020, about unstable eighteen-year-old junkie Eric (Kyle Gallner) who goes to prison for the murder of his mother in the 1980s, in part thanks to the interrogation techniques of David Russell (Peter Sarsgaard) and James Connor (Frank Whaley). Over the next twenty years, Eric insists on his innocence with the help of his father Henry (David Strathairn) and Internal Affairs sergeant Ian Lynch (Vincent Donofrio), as Russell's reputation comes under public fire.


  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The guys that Eric owes money are Hells Angels, which is used interchangeably with bikers, especially in the case of Romer.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: David Russell is portrayed as a smarmy, completely unscrupulous jerk who will frame anyone and everyone (even if Eric himself isn't overwhelmingly sympathetic).
  • Big Bad: Russell. See Hate Sink for how.
  • Big Good: Ian Lynch and Charlie Shannon represent this, as a good police officer and investigator both.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Eric is released from prison but after 30 years and has lost his dad. He settles with the city for his mistreatment, but has to drop the specific suit against Russell, which allows him to escape mostly unscathed (though his reputation is destroyed). Lynch gets promoted rather than fired as he assumed, but his concerns are ignored, and the murder of Eric's mother goes unsolved.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: In the 1980s, Eric's speech is peppered exclusively by these.
  • Drugs Are Bad: All sorts of drugs, too. Eric's mother put him on Ritalin, Eric is frazzled by drugs throughout the 1980s, and it gets his mom killed.
  • Flashback Effects: The flashbacks to the 1980s are much brighter and yellower, the 1990s and 00s are monochrome and grayer, and the present day is natural.
  • Hate Sink: It's hard to describe how awful Russell is. He completely framed Eric, he insists upon trying to get him the harshest possible sentence, and he's just a downright asshole to everyone else.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The final episode ends with one.
  • Worst Aid: Eric claimed that he pulled out all of the knives from his mother to "help her breathe". It's not really a surprise when she dies.

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