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The Best Episodes of Conviction

Every episode of Conviction ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Conviction!

A brilliant young attorney, who is also the daughter of a former U.S. president, is blackmailed to head up LA's new Conviction Integrity Unit. She and her team investigate cases where people may have been wrongly convicted.


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The best episode of "Conviction" is "A Different Kind of Death", rated 8.5/10 from 265 user votes. It was directed by Andrew McCarthy and written by Lynne E. Litt. "A Different Kind of Death" aired on 12/5/2016 and is rated 0.7 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "A Simple Man".

  • A Different Kind of Death
    8.5/10 265 votes

    #1 - A Different Kind of Death

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-12-05

    Wallace brings the case of a death-row inmate, Earl Slavitt, to the CIU. Earl was convicted of murdering federal prosecutor Tom Simon, one of Wallace’s best friends. Simon did not believe in the death penalty, and Wallace, along with Simon’s widow, want to ensure that Earl did in fact commit the crime. With only days left before the execution, the CIU team shifts into high gear, looking for possible errors in the case.

    Director: Andrew McCarthy

    Writer: Lynne E. Litt

  • A Simple Man
    7.8/10 237 votes

    #2 - A Simple Man

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-11-21

    The next case Hayes accepts for the CIU is that of Leo Scarlata, a man with diminished mental capacities, imprisoned for burning down his family’s restaurant with fatal repercussions. Hayes realizes she may have taken on more than she bargained for, especially when a documentary crew approved by Wallace begins following the team.

    Director: Brad Turner

    Writer: Simran Baidwan

  • Bad Deals
    7.8/10 226 votes

    #3 - Bad Deals

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-11-28

    CIU revisits the case of Sierra Macy, a teenage girl who was kidnapped ten years ago and assumed dead—until she manages to escape her captor’s home after he suffers a heart attack and dies.

    Director: John Scott

    Writer: Eduardo Javier Canto, Ryan Maldonado

  • Mother's Little Burden
    7.7/10 298 votes

    #4 - Mother's Little Burden

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-10-24

    Hayes and the team tackle the case of a mother convicted in the death of her autistic son.

    Director: Paul Holahan

    Writer: Samantha Corbin-Miller

  • Black Orchid
    7.7/10 185 votes

    #5 - Black Orchid

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-01-08

    While Hayes and Wallace struggle to balance their professional and personal lives, they are summoned to a crime scene that fits the M.O. of the infamous “Black Orchid Killer.” Is the latest murder the work of a copycat? Or is the man now in prison for the earlier crimes actually innocent? As the investigation accelerates, the CIU team, spearheaded by unlikely serial-killer expert Tess, closes in on a suspect who may have committed all the murders – but will it be too late?

    Director: Samantha Corbin-Miller, Metin Hüseyin

    Writer: Steve Lichtman

  • Not Okay
    7.6/10 198 votes

    #6 - Not Okay

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-01-01

    After Hayes and Wallace share a passionate night together, Hayes returns to reality and cautiously considers sticking her toe into relationship waters with Wallace. Simultaneously, she also tries to make amends for her bitter loss in the death penalty case of Earl Slavitt. Hayes implores the CIU team to aggressively pursue the case of Sophie Hausen, a young woman serving a life sentence for murdering a popular college basketball player, whom she accused of raping her.

    Director: Jan Eliasberg

    Writer: Simran Baidwan, Thomas L. Moran

  • Enemy Combatant
    7.6/10 175 votes

    #7 - Enemy Combatant

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-01-15

    Former President Morrison pays Hayes an unexpected visit and lobbies her (and CIU) to take on the case of Omar Abbas, a Muslim-American citizen held for years without trial in a military facility for allegedly planning a chemical attack on Manhattan. But taking on the federal war on terror is a hot-button issue, and Hayes and the CIU find themselves battling the authorities in their search for the truth.

    Director: Paul A. Edwards

    Writer: Eduardo Javier Canto, Ryan Maldonado

  • Dropping Bombs
    7.5/10 322 votes

    #8 - Dropping Bombs

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-10-17

    The CIU team tries to exonerate a political activist with suspect views who is serving a life sentence for bombing a mosque and killing an influential Imam and three followers.

    Director: Liz Friedlander

    Writer: Thomas L. Moran

  • #StayWoke
    7.5/10 252 votes

    #9 - #StayWoke

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-11-14

    The accidental death of a young African American boy, shot by a cop, sparks a racial firestorm and inspires Hayes to re-examine the controversial case of Porscha Williams. Williams, a devoted African-American civil-rights activist and leader, is serving time for killing a white female cop at a race equality rally five years ago.

    Director: Jewel McPherson, Christine Moore

    Writer: Jewel McPherson, Lynne E. Litt

  • Past, Prologue & What's to Come
    7.5/10 179 votes

    #10 - Past, Prologue & What's to Come

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-01-29

    No description available

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Bridge and Tunnel Vision
    7.4/10 349 votes

    #11 - Bridge and Tunnel Vision

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-10-10

    Wallace's career-making case is reexamined by CIU team, but there are unforeseen complexities in this rape and robbery case, and the woman at the center of the crime becomes victimized again, this time by the press.

    Director: Rob Seidenglanz

    Writer: N/A

  • The 1% Solution
    7.4/10 244 votes

    #12 - The 1% Solution

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-11-07

    Hayes launches into damage-control mode following her controversial nationally televised interview, seeking to limit the repercussions within her family and to her mother's Senate campaign. Meanwhile, the CIU takes on the case of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted for killing a wealthy woman whose privileged family took him in and treated him as one of their own.

    Director: Scott Hornbacher

    Writer: Steve Lichtman

  • Pilot
    7.3/10 475 votes

    #13 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-10-03

    Hayes Morrison needs to dig herself out of what could be a publicly embarrassing situation. She makes a clandestine deal with her adversary, Conner Wallace, to take on the Conviction Integrity Unit and justice system in order to save face for herself and her family. The first case Hayes pushes her team to consider is that of Odell Dwyer, a handsome former high school football player who has been in prison for eight years for murdering his girlfriend.

    Director: Liz Friedlander

    Writer: Liz Friedman