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Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth

CBC Television 2018

A big city lawyer returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth - S2E8

#1 - The Right Road (Season 2 - Episode 8)

As Luna's trial starts, Joanna and Billy defend against an avalanche of evidence. With things not looking good, Joanna risks everything by putting an unexpected witness on the stand.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 178 votes.

Burden of Truth - S3E8

#2 - Shelter from the Storm (Season 3 - Episode 8)

Joanna and Billy head to trial against ClearDawn labs while still desperately searching for a way to expose the fraudulent science used to wrongfully apprehend children.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 116 votes.

Burden of Truth - S1E10

#3 - Cause in Fact (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Using the law to her advantage, Joanna herself reinstated on a technicality and plays her trump card. When it isn’t enough to elicit a settlement offer, Joanna makes things personal. She blackmails her father with incriminating evidence and threatens to expose him if he refuses to negotiate. Once she strong-arms him into a settlement, she must choose whether to expose his dirty little secret or not, but doing so may cost her more than she’s prepared to pay.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 270 votes.

Burden of Truth - S2E7

#4 - Never Face the Hangman (Season 2 - Episode 7)

On the eve of Luna's trial, Joanna reaches out to an old client when she discovers a new piece of evidence that will lead her to the identity of the real killer. Billy attempts to get help for Shane but is forced to make an agonizing choice.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 183 votes.

Burden of Truth - S1E8

#5 - Hang Together (Season 1 - Episode 8)

New leads bring Joanna and Billy to make the horrific discovery of a massive dumpsite on farmland near the school. Joanna's father takes over as lead counsel and it becomes clear that they're running out of time.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 273 votes.

Burden of Truth - S1E7

#6 - Ducks on the Pond (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Stuck in Millwood without a case and no firm to return to, Joanna is at loose ends on what to do next until a whistleblower comes forward.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 295 votes.

Burden of Truth - S1E5

#7 - Witch Hunt (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Anger over the claim against the mill pits the sick girls and their families against employees of the mill who worry that their jobs are on the line. When the local Pastor’s daughter becomes afflicted with the illness, he blames the girls themselves. Parents begin keeping their healthy kids home from school, so to quell the mounting hysteria, the High School Principal cracks down on the affected girls and prevents them from attending their prom. Joanna fires back at the school, but victory eludes her. When the kids decide to throw a prom of their own, Billy and Joanna are made honorary prom king and queen. However, the moment is over-shadowed by the mill’s answer to her claim – they’ve hired her father’s law firm to represent them and they plan to annihilate her.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 339 votes.

Burden of Truth - S3E4

#8 - Desperate Measures (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Kodie snatches her kids and goes on the run. With Millwood Police looking for her and with the imminent threat of a province-wide Amber Alert, Joanna must track Kodie down to have any chance at saving her custody case.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 121 votes.

Burden of Truth - S3E5

#9 - Crisis of Faith (Season 3 - Episode 5)

With more potential cases of wrongful child apprehensions, Joanna and Billy investigate Millwood Family Services and discover a potential error in the custody hearing evidence that will change everything in the case and in their lives.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 116 votes.

Burden of Truth - S3E3

#10 - No Fathers and Sons (Season 3 - Episode 3)

After losing at the custody hearing, Joanna is desperate to help Kodie and recklessly launches an emergency challenge to the court-appointed custodian. The case brings Billy face to face with the last person he wanted to see.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 131 votes.

Burden of Truth - S3E2
#11 - Wherever You Go
Season 3 - Episode 2

Reeling from the sudden apprehension of Kodie's children by Millwood Family Services, Joanna sets out to win back custody, but in order to win in court, she must conduct a thorough and potentially revealing investigation into her old friend's life.

The episode was rated from 132 votes.
Burden of Truth - S3E7
#12 - Name Your Ghosts
Season 3 - Episode 7

Coming off the loss of class certification, Joanna and Billy decide to go after ClearDawn alone with an unreliable whistleblower as their only lead. Luna goes to extreme lengths to save another child from a wrongful apprehension.

The episode was rated from 111 votes.
Burden of Truth - S1E4
#13 - Family Ties
Season 1 - Episode 4

Joanna and Billy are convinced that the local steel mill and its owner Ben Matheson are responsible for the barrels. A shocking revelation in Joanna's personal life leads her to question everything her father had told her.

The episode was rated from 366 votes.
Burden of Truth - S2E6
#14 - Manic Street Preacher
Season 2 - Episode 6

Sleepless and suppressing her grief, Joanna tries to maintain her job at Steadman Lavery while preparing for jury selection in Luna's trial. Billy uncovers evidence from Shane that may provide an alternate theory about the murder.

The episode was rated from 168 votes.
Burden of Truth - S1E3
#15 - Still Waters
Season 1 - Episode 3

Joanna uses her esteem as partner at CTS to convince a hydrologist to test Millwood's soil. With reluctant permission from the mayor, Joanna and Billy narrow their list of suspects to a handful of industrial sites in the community.

The episode was rated from 392 votes.
Burden of Truth - S2E3
#16 - The Milk of Human Kindness
Season 2 - Episode 3

Joanna struggles to control the narrative of Noah's case when Lovand starts a smear campaign against him. Billy and Gerrilynn wait for an answer in their civil suit, when an unexpected visitor turns up in Millwood with an offer.

The episode was rated from 195 votes.
Burden of Truth - S3E1
#17 - Crawford Chang
Season 3 - Episode 1

Joanna and Billy face a verdict in their first case in their new firm, but when they return to Millwood for a high school reunion, an old friend from Joanna's past suffers a devastating loss that forces Joanna to face long-buried demons from her past.

The episode was rated from 133 votes.
Burden of Truth - S2E4
#18 - Guilty by Association
Season 2 - Episode 4

Back in Millwood after learning of a death of someone close to her, Joanna doesn't get a moment to mourn as the overzealous police are already zeroing in on Gerrilynn Spence. Joanna and Billy team up to halt a rush to judgment.

The episode was rated from 191 votes.
Burden of Truth - S1E2
#19 - The Ties That Bind
Season 1 - Episode 2

A fish out of water in a town that's as foreign as it is familiar, Joanna battles with questions over her family's hasty departure when she was a teenager and attempts to convince the locals that she has in fact switched sides.

The episode was rated from 421 votes.
Burden of Truth - S2E1
#20 - Salesman, Cheats and Liars
Season 2 - Episode 1

Joanna Chang is living a new life at a new firm with a new name when she's assigned a case of a brilliant young Internet privacy activist who will turn everything in her new life upside down. Meanwhile, back in Millwood, Billy Crawford is dealing with the aftermath of the Matheson Steel lawsuit.

The episode was rated from 212 votes.

Last updated: mar 08, 2022



I really enjoy this show! There's definitely an element of crime and crime solving but really this show revolves aorund Kristin Kreuk's character and her return to her small hometown to take on a big case and also just her relationships in this town. There's an awesome young f/f couple on this show with one of them being an indigenous girl and I'm just very invested in their relationship omg.


This series is airing on the CW Network starting July 25, 2018.


This is an outstanding Canadian (CBC) series (picked up by the CW in the US). Kristin Kreuk (Executive Producer and Actor) was the draw but the writing and the performances build the audience. Made in Canada:flag_ca: and set in Manitoba (western Canada), it tells stories unique to the area with personal stories that are without borders. The supporting cast bring great performances, especially some new young talent. The stories and casting reflects the demographic of Manitoba featuring some very talented native performers. This series is unique, with great drama and Kristen Kreuk and Peter Mooney have some lovely chemistry. Each season gets better and better. I give this series a 9 (unique) out of 10. [Drama]


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