The Innocent Man
Created by
  • Ross M. Dinerstein
  • Clay Tweel
Directed byClay Tweel
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time42–52 minutes
Production companies
  • Campfire
  • The Gernert Company
Original release
ReleaseDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)

The Innocent Man is an American true crime documentary television series based on John Grisham's 2006 book The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town.[1][2] The six-episode first season debuted on Netflix on December 14, 2018.[3]

Like Grisham's nonfiction book, the series follows two murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma, between 1982 and 1984.[4][5] The cases examine the potential false confessions of Ron Williamson, Dennis Fritz, Tommy Ward, and Karl Fontenot.[1][6]


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Debbie and Denice"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
2"In Dreams"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
3"Rotten to the Core"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
4"Corpus Delicti"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
5"Smoking Guns"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
6"Snow Storm"December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)


Upon its release, the show received mixed reviews from critics. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a 69% approval rating based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 7.0 out of 10. The site's critical consensus says, "The Innocent Man will satisfy true crime aficionados looking for a slickly packaged mystery, but viewers seeking a more probing deconstruction of the justice system may come away disappointed."[7] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted score of 57 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (2018-12-17). "'The Innocent Man' Review: Netflix True Crime Series Digs Deep into the Criminal Justice System". Collider. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  2. ^ "John Grisham's 'The Innocent Man' Becomes Netflix Docuseries". The Hollywood Reporter. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. ^ Nolan, Emma (2018-12-03). "The Innocent Man on Netflix release date, cast, trailer: When is the docu-series out?". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  4. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2018-12-14). "Netflix's The Innocent Man: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. ^ Keaney, Quinn. "A Comprehensive Timeline of the Murder Cases at the Heart of Netflix's The Innocent Man". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ "Refinery29 Binge Club: "The Innocent Man" Recaps". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  7. ^ "The Innocent Man: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Innocent Man Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.