Conviction is a Law and Order spin off that aired for only one 1 season on NBC. Although it only lasted 1 season, the show was a breath of fresh air for the Law and Order franchise. The show followed five young assistant district attorneys in the mean streets of New York as they navigate not only the criminal world, but also their personal lives. Their personal lives often blend with the legal system in a very nasty way.
It was sad that this show was canceled due to low ratings after the first season because the performances were electric and the story lines were very different. Conviction aired on Friday nights which is a terrible night for television. Had it aired on a different night, it would have had a much better chance at survival. This procedural drama made a point of displaying more of the personal lives of its attorneys where the other Law and Orders focus more on the story of the week.
It’s not clear why audiences didn’t take to this show that went from humorous to dark from scene to scene. Conviction was also much sexier than your average Law and Order. There were several office affairs and even love triangles that kept things quite interesting. Conviction currently holds a 4 star-rating on both Hulu and Netflix, so people can see the show’s obvious appeal a full 10 years after it originally aired.
It’s hard not to get hooked on this show and it’s extremely intriguing characters. Try not to get too sad when you reach episode 12 and can’t go any further. Of course, you could always go back to the first episode and start all over again!
Season 1 is made up of 12 episodes that are 45 minutes a piece. Conviction is available for streaming on both Hulu and Netflix.