395 votes
For Life

For Life

ABC 2020

A prisoner becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

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The 10 Best Episodes of For Life

For Life - S2E1

#1 - Never Stop Fighting (Season 2 - Episode 1)

After nine years of fighting to win his freedom, it’s do or die for Aaron Wallace. As dangerous enemies lurk at Bellmore and Marie faces criminal charges for assisting Aaron in prior cases, Aaron must find a way to gain the upper hand on Maskins.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 180 votes.

For Life - S1E11

#2 - Switzerland (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Aaron bolsters his case with newfound information from Marie but finds himself torn between two worlds when Cassius suspects Aaron is a snitch and seeks retribution. Foster struggles to lay low during his last two weeks before retirement, but Safiya turns up the heat, confiscating religious texts to stop the drug trade.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 261 votes.

For Life - S1E13

#3 - Fathers (Season 1 - Episode 13)

When Maskins and Cyrus Hunt try to thwart Aaron's attempt at a retrial, Aaron is forced to try a desperate move, risking the wrath of a powerful new adversary. The election comes to a head as Safiya tries to warn Aaron that he is now a marked man.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 244 votes.

For Life - S1E12

#4 - Closing Statement (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Aaron finally gets his chance to argue for his retrial in court but it's thwarted by the return of prison warden Cyrus Hunt. Safiya deals with the aftermath of the prison riot and attempts to salvage her reforms. Foster finally faces the repercussions of his corruption.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 267 votes.

For Life - S1E10

#5 - Character and Fitness (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Flashing back to the previous nine years of his incarceration, Aaron's journey from terrified novice prisoner to attorney and social crusader unfolds.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 247 votes.

For Life - S2E6

#6 - 354 (Season 2 - Episode 6)

After an urgent call from Bellmore concerning the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron enlists Safiya’s help and heads back to the prison to investigate. Meanwhile, Marie must decide between exposing her family to the virus or go all-in at the hospital.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 31 votes.

For Life - S1E7

#7 - Do Us Part (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Aaron struggles to balance the demands of his own case with the needs of an inmate who's fighting for the right to marry his dying girlfriend. Safiya defies the prison board, effectively jeopardizing Anya's campaign as well as their marriage.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 288 votes.

For Life - S1E6

#8 - Burner (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Aaron confronts O'Reilly in court, targeting the search warrant used in Aaron's arrest and the DA's failure to disclose a confidential informant. Marie's father comes to town, intent on encouraging her and Darius to solidify their relationship. Maskins arranges for a dangerous inmate, Cassius Dawkins, to be transferred to Bellmore in hopes that he'll cause problems for Safiya and Aaron.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 296 votes.

For Life - S1E2

#9 - Promises (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Aaron Wallace's fight to overturn his conviction to a life sentence continues. Tensions rise between Aaron and his crew when he provides counsel to a white supremacist in order to repay his debt to inmate Wild Bill. District Attorney Maskins ups his game when Aaron sues the NYPD in an attempt to gain access to his case file. Meanwhile, his daughter's boyfriend, Ronnie, braces for confrontation as he visits the prison to meet Aaron for the first time.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 420 votes.

For Life - S2E4

#10 - Time to Move Forward (Season 2 - Episode 4)

As a favor to Jamal, Aaron defends a man in a witness tampering case. Tensions rise at home in the run-up to the Wallace family Thanksgiving.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 143 votes.

For Life - S1E1
#11 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1

An incarcerated man, Aaron Wallace, becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own wrongful conviction. Aaron's struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, Safiya Masry, will explore the flaws in our penal and legal systems, and inspire by showing how one person can make a difference when fighting for the truth.

The episode was rated from 542 votes.
For Life - S1E3
#12 - Brother’s Keeper
Season 1 - Episode 3

Determined to gain access to his police file, Aaron decides to represent an inmate from Safiya’s drug rehabilitation program whose brother is a cop. District Attorney Maskins and Assistant District Attorney O’Reilly close in on proof of Aaron’s malfeasance during Jose Rodriguez’s trial, targeting Marie as a way to get to Aaron.

The episode was rated from 363 votes.
For Life - S1E5
#13 - Witness
Season 1 - Episode 5

While litigating on behalf of an inmate locked up on a robbery charge, Aaron is torn between doing what's right and what's best for his case. Heartened by Aaron's new lead, Marie recommits to his case, researching witnesses on Aaron's behalf. Plus, Safiya closes in on Foster's drug smuggling scheme.

The episode was rated from 309 votes.
For Life - S1E9
#14 - Buried
Season 1 - Episode 9

Aaron pushes to represent longtime inmate Easley Barton, hoping that winning this 23-year-old case against Maskins will strengthen his own. Captain Foster continues his drug-smuggling racket as Safiya closes in. Marie struggles with her breakup with Darius as she continues to help Aaron in his case.

The episode was rated from 259 votes.
For Life - S1E8
#15 - Daylight
Season 1 - Episode 8

In order to maintain his lifeline to the outside world, Aaron is forced to defend Cassius Dawkins when he puts three white supremacists in the hospital.

The episode was rated from 264 votes.
For Life - S2E3
#16 - The Necessity Defense
Season 2 - Episode 3

At the urging of Spencer Richardson, Aaron defends a woman charged with holding hospital workers at gunpoint to secure lifesaving treatment for her son. Aaron and Marie navigate their newly intimate relationship, and a young social justice warrior joins Aaron and Roswell’s firm.

The episode was rated from 154 votes.
For Life - S2E2
#17 - Homecoming
Season 2 - Episode 2

A newly liberated man, Aaron acclimates to family life outside of prison. As he attempts to help Jamal with his case, Aaron encounters Jamal’s sister who needs legal help of her own. Former nemesis Spencer Richardson proposes an intriguing work opportunity to Aaron and Roswell.

The episode was rated from 163 votes.
For Life - S2E5
#18 - Collars For Dollars
Season 2 - Episode 5

After Aaron and Roswell agree to help a young woman facing deportation for a minor crime, they realize her case could be a key to exposing a broad pattern of police corruption. Meanwhile, Jasmine begins to spend more time at Ronnie’s house and Marie grapples with the first signs of an empty nest.

The episode was rated from 129 votes.
For Life - S1E4
#19 - Marie
Season 1 - Episode 4

Taking us back nine years, Marie struggles in her marriage to Aaron as she deals with the turbulence of Aaron’s arrest, trial and incarceration.

The episode was rated from 344 votes.

Last updated: aug 16, 2022



I can't believe I didn't hear about this show sooner. Wow. I'm calling it now: the best show of this past year. Both the acting and writing was absolutely superb. I'm glad I got to binge it because it was so gripping. I'm going to make sure I recommend this show to everyone I know because not only was it fantastic but it was SO relevant to the times we're living in. These kinds of stories, this portrayal of racism and corruption in popular media is vital. Law enforcement in the US is inherently violent and oppressive and this show is a perfect example of how that plays out. #BLM


Really liking this show. Well written and good acting. 9/10


loving this TV series can't wait for the next episode you know it's good when it's like that


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