The BEST Episodes of Burden of Truth

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Network: CBC (CA)

A mysterious illness targets high school girls and brings lawyer Joanna Hanley back to her hometown. In a town that's as familiar as it is foreign, Joanna seeks to convince the locals that her family's hurried departure when she was a teenager wasn't her doing. She is drawn into the shadowy world of hackers, political movements, and activists. When Joanna becomes the target, someone from her past shows up to try and alter the course of the events.

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The Right Road

#1 - The Right Road

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 27, 2019

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.

star 7.91
188 votes
Writers: Brad Simpson
Shelter from the Storm

#2 - Shelter from the Storm

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2020

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.

star 7.88
135 votes
Writers: Brad Simpson, Mary Galloway
Cause in Fact

#3 - Cause in Fact

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 4, 2018

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.

star 7.83
311 votes
Directors: Grant Harvey
Writers: Brad Simpson
The Homecoming

#4 - The Homecoming

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 4, 2021

With the return of her client's missing daughter, Joanna sees an opportunity to restart the case against the mine, but as she and Billy investigate further, it's clear nothing about the Oro North mine is as it seems; Luna and Stevie's promise to provide legal help to Dee leads her to a surprising potential defendant.

star 7.79
72 votes
Directors: Madison Thomas
Writers: Hayden Simpson
Hang Together

#5 - Hang Together

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 28, 2018

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.

star 7.79
312 votes
Writers: Hayden Simpson
Witch Hunt

#6 - Witch Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 28, 2018

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.

star 7.78
408 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Brad Simpson, Eric Putzer
Never Face the Hangman

#7 - Never Face the Hangman

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 20, 2019

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.

star 7.78
193 votes
Writers: Eric Putzer
Spirits in the Material World

#8 - Spirits in the Material World

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 25, 2021

Joanna and Billy are blindsided when their injunction against the mine is overturned. Luna tries to find a legal avenue to help a victim of trafficking. The Millwood Police raid a safehouse where Taylor makes an important discovery.

star 7.77
70 votes
Directors: Madison Thomas
Writers: Felicia Brooker
Standing by Peaceful Waters

#9 - Standing by Peaceful Waters

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 18, 2021

Joanna begins to chart a new path for the future. Billy gets some unexpected help in his pursuit of a new client. Dee's legal case is at a dead end. Luna is unsure where to turn.

star 7.73
71 votes
Writers: Brad Simpson
From Out the Gloomy Rack

#10 - From Out the Gloomy Rack

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 11, 2021

Joanna becomes the target of a mysterious criminal investigation. Luna rushes back to Millwood to aid her sister. Beckbie helps Kip deal with a personal problem. Taylor makes a shocking discovery as she continues her investigation.

star 7.73
82 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Eric Putzer
Ducks on the Pond

#11 - Ducks on the Pond

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 14, 2018

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.

star 7.72
336 votes
Writers: Graeme Stewart
Name Your Ghosts

#12 - Name Your Ghosts

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2020

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.

star 7.65
127 votes
Writers: Eric Putzer
River City

#13 - River City

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 28, 2021

With Millwood divided over a proposed mining project, lawyer and new mother Joanna Chang takes on the case of a landowner whose farm is standing in the way of the mine.

star 7.63
96 votes
Writers: Brad Simpson
The Ties That Bind

#14 - The Ties That Bind

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2018

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.

star 7.62
492 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Brad Simpson
Crisis of Faith

#15 - Crisis of Faith

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2020

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.

star 7.62
128 votes
Directors: Sherry White
Writers: Laura Good
Scorched Earth

#16 - Scorched Earth

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 18, 2021

Joanna races to find evidence to dismiss the charges against her before her end-of-day hearing. Her relentless pursuit of evidence will lead into conflict with her legal team. Billy's searches for a lead in the case against the mine.

star 7.62
86 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Shannon Masters
Desperate Measures

#17 - Desperate Measures

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2020

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.

star 7.61
134 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Julie Puckrin
No Fathers and Sons

#18 - No Fathers and Sons

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2020

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.

star 7.60
144 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Felicia Brooker
Manic Street Preacher

#19 - Manic Street Preacher

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 13, 2019

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.

star 7.60
181 votes
Writers: Felicia Brooker, Renée St. Cyr
Family Ties

#20 - Family Ties

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2018

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.

star 7.59
439 votes
Directors: Jordan Canning
Writers: Shannon Masters
Wherever You Go

#21 - Wherever You Go

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2020

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.

star 7.59
150 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Adam Pettle
Home to Roost

#22 - Home to Roost

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 4, 2018

With Joanna disqualified and the clock running out on Billy who’ll have to face Joanna’s father alone, Joanna must think outside the box if they want to win this. She must face the one person who may be able to help her defeat her father, her mom. Not only does she learn the truth about her father, she gains the critical piece of evidence that ties the mill and their parent company to the dumping. Regrettably, Joanna returns too late and finds the case in shambles, her named plaintiff removed and the class de-certified.

star 7.59
304 votes
Directors: Grant Harvey
Writers: Lynn Coady
Guilt by Association

#23 - Guilt by Association

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 30, 2019

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.

star 7.58
202 votes
Writers: Shannon Masters
Devil in the Desert

#24 - Devil in the Desert

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 7, 2018

As threats against Joanna and Billy escalate, Joanna digs her heels in on the case. Relying on the expert testimony of a respected neuropsychologist, Joanna expects he'll prove once and for all that the girls have been poisoned.

star 7.58
349 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Hayden Simpson, Laura Good
Still Waters

#25 - Still Waters

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2018

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.

star 7.57
464 votes
Directors: Jordan Canning
Writers: Lynn Coady