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  • Starring: Nia Long, Clarke Peters, Damon Gupton
  • Summary: A caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland) clashes with district attorney, Adam Page (Damon Gupton) over a 11-year-old murder case in this legal drama created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Tony Goldwyn, Richard LaGravenese
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 16, 2014
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 25, 2014
    All the pieces are here, not just for a real potboiler, but a satisfying character piece, the sort of show that can flood my living room anytime.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 16, 2014
    The Divide is a tense and thoughtful drama, with what promise to be complex characters and at least one breakout performance.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jul 15, 2014
    The leads are extraordinary. Ireland brings a nervy and riveting conviction to the role of the advocate. For Gupton (NBC's Prime Suspect), this is a charismatic, career-making role, and the most potent inducement to watch The Divide.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 16, 2014
    There’s a certain amount of melodrama in the premiere (which is all that was previewed for critics), but the beginning fits a fair amount of nuance into a package that could have been a soapbox. Ireland in particular gives Christine fine shading, and the way that race plays into the story--and into Adam’s career ambitions--feels more natural than engineered.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 15, 2014
    The strength of the show is that it reflects the truth that the justice system was created and is administered by men and women, who have complicated thoughts and points of view, and who may mean well, or be blinded by their own frailty and ambition.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 14, 2014
    It’s not perfect--the pace is a bit plodding at times,; some characters hew a little too close to types--but overall The Divide is an engaging endeavor.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 15, 2014
    There’s no nice way to say the leads simply aren’t especially compelling, which might help better sell this otherwise familiar tale that hinges on a central mystery built around a death-penalty case.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 24, 2014
    If you like 'The Wire' and 'The Killing' this TV show is for you! The Divide has a strong and interesting lead actress following a case thatIf you like 'The Wire' and 'The Killing' this TV show is for you! The Divide has a strong and interesting lead actress following a case that I am sure it will keep me watching until the last second. I really liked the first 2 episodes. I like the fact that despite TV series are following the same trend in TV, as it is: 'one case per season', The Divide looks into the case from a different point of view and not from the detective one ( and I am not against those ones). It also has a good mood in direction, atmosphere and editing. I liked the beginning of the 2 episode with 'the guy' reading the letter while he was in Jail. According to that, I think it will have good moments very well written. Expand