For Life/Season One

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Season One
For Life
Season Premiere February 11, 2020
Season Finale May 12, 2020
Episode Count 13

Season One of For Life premiered on February 11, 2020.


# # Title Written By Directed By Airdate Viewers 18-49 Rating Prod.
1 1 Pilot Hank Steinberg George Tillman Jr. February 11, 2020 3.149M 0.7% 100
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.
2 2 Promises Hank Steinberg Russell Fine February 18, 2020 2.583M 0.6% 101
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.
3 3 Brother's Keeper Hank Steinberg Russell Fine February 25, 2020 2.504M 0.6% 102
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.
4 4 Marie Sonnay Hoffman Charles Martin March 10, 2020 2.6M 0.6% 103
Looking back nine years, Marie reflects on her marriage to Aaron and struggles in the wake of his life-changing arrest.
5 5 Witness Hank Steinberg Guillermo Navarro March 17, 2020 2.35M 0.6% 104
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.
6 6 Burner Eric Haywood Guillermo Navarro March 24, 2020 2.376M 0.6% 105
Aaron confronts O'Reilly in court. Marie's father comes to town, intent on encouraging her and Darius to solidify their relationship. Maskins arranges for a dangerous inmate to be transferred to Bellmore.
7 7 Do Us Part Hank Steinberg &
Garen Thomas
Russell Fine March 31, 2020 2.373M 0.6% 106
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.
8 8 Daylight David Feige Russell Fine April 7, 2020 2.334M 0.6% 107
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. Marie struggles with her feelings for Aaron after he signs her divorce papers.
9 9 Buried Hope Mastras Erica Watson April 14, 2020 2.179M 0.5% 108
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.
10 10 Character and Fitness Zach Calig Jann Turner April 21, 2020 2.184M 0.4% 111
Flashing back to the previous nine years of his incarceration, Aaron's journey from terrified novice prisoner to attorney and social crusader unfolds.
11 11 Switzerland Karen Struck Darnell Martin April 28, 2020 2.187M 0.5% 109
Aaron bolsters his case with newfound information from Marie. 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.
12 12 Closing Statement Lee Edward Colston II Debs Paterson May 5, 2020 2.166M 0.4% 110
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.
13 13 Fathers Hank Steinberg Hank Steinberg May 12, 2020 2.822M 0.5% 112
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.