- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's a series about a gleefully unprofessional brat who's allowed to avoid prison in exchange for serving on a task force, and who responds to that opportunity by deliberately taking on controversial cases in an attempt to dare her boss to fire her, knowing that getting fired might very well mean going to jail. Incidentally, the ratings were abysmal and the series was cancelled halfway through the first season.
- Funny Moments:
- In "The 1% Solution", when Hayes is talking to David Porter:David: She spearheaded sending [Sean] off to boarding school, thought he could use the discipline.
Hayes: I learned a ton at boarding school... ritual hazing, keg stands, advanced hydroponics. Discipline, not so much.
- In "#StayWoke", Tess and Frankie are watching a computer program assemble together images from different social media outlets:Tess: How can this process be simultaneously amazing and unbelievably boring?
Frankie: Conundrum of the Internet.
- In "The 1% Solution", when Hayes is talking to David Porter:
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Misaimed Marketing: Early marketing played up the Belligerent Sexual Tension between Hayes and Wallace, making it seem more like a romantic comedy series than a procedural drama.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- A witness in "#StayWoke" admits to perjuring himself to get out of a vandalism charge, not caring that his testimony would end up getting a person put in prison for life.
- In "A Simple Man", Rita Scarlata tricked her developmentally-disabled brother-in-law into starting a fire that ended up killing somebody so that she and her husband could collect insurance money, then allowed the brother-in-law to rot in prison for years.
- In "Bad Deals", a middle-aged woman helped her pedophile boyfriend imprison Sierra Macy for over a decade.
- Narm: One plot description for the show given during early marketing described Hayes as being blackmailed by her "sexy nemesis" (referring to Wallace); this was part of the Misaimed Marketing that played up the Belligerent Sexual Tension between Hayes and Wallace mentioned above. The reaction from the sites who republished it was basically to laugh out loud at how cheesy the description chosen to portray the two characters' sexual tension was. Afterwards, another plot description was released that only mentioned Hayes being blackmailed.
- Periphery Demographic: This series has a fandom from part of the fans of Agent Carter, who have in it their chance to keep watching Hayley Atwell following said show's cancellation. On the other hand, there's also an inversion of this, in that this series has a huge hatedom from the other part of Agent Carter fans, who believe that ABC cancelled that series so that Hayley Atwell would be available for Conviction.
- The Woobie: Poor Leo Scarlata spent years in prison for arson and murder because one of the family members that he trusted tricked him into starting a fire.
YMMV / Conviction (2016)