The BEST Episodes of For Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2022

Network: ABC (US)

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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Andy Josiah

#1 - Andy Josiah

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 24, 2021

Aaron and his legal team face their toughest trial yet as they prosecute the police officer responsible for the killing of an innocent, unarmed Black man.

star 8.19
157 votes
Never Stop Fighting

#2 - Never Stop Fighting

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 2020

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.

star 8.11
264 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg

#3 - Fathers

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 12, 2020

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.

star 8.09
307 votes
Directors: Hank Steinberg
Writers: Hank Steinberg

#4 - Switzerland

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 28, 2020

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.

star 8.04
320 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Karen Struck
Closing Statement

#5 - Closing Statement

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 5, 2020

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.

star 8.03
328 votes
Directors: Debs Paterson
Writers: Lee Edward Colston
Character and Fitness

#6 - Character and Fitness

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 21, 2020

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

star 8.01
311 votes
Directors: Jann Turner
Writers: Zach Calig
Do Us Part

#7 - Do Us Part

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 31, 2020

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.

star 7.92
348 votes
Writers: Garen Thomas, Hank Steinberg

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 11, 2020

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.

star 7.92
609 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg
Brother’s Keeper

#9 - Brother’s Keeper

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 25, 2020

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.

star 7.91
426 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg

#10 - Burner

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

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.

star 7.91
355 votes
Writers: Eric Haywood
For The People

#11 - For The People

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 10, 2021

Aaron faces pressure from all sides when he is forced to decide which charges to bring against the officers responsible for the killing of an unarmed civilian. While Safiya pursues video evidence that could change their case, Roswell searches for a way to move the case from Staten Island to a friendlier venue.

star 7.91
159 votes
Directors: Jono Oliver
Writers: David Feige

#12 - Promises

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 18, 2020

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.

star 7.88
485 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg

#13 - Buried

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 14, 2020

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.

star 7.88
323 votes
Directors: Erica Watson
Writers: Hope Mastras
The Blue Wall

#14 - The Blue Wall

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 17, 2021

With Aaron and Marie facing threats from an increasingly hostile community, Aaron and his team double down by pursuing criminal charges against a high-ranking police officer they believe tried to cover up the shooting.

star 7.87
169 votes

#15 - Witness

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 17, 2020

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.

star 7.83
365 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg

#16 - Daylight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 7, 2020

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.

star 7.82
319 votes
Writers: David Feige

#17 - 354

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 27, 2021

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.

star 7.75
176 votes
Writers: Garen Thomas
Time to Move Forward

#18 - Time to Move Forward

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 9, 2020

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.

star 7.71
218 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg
The Necessity Defense

#19 - The Necessity Defense

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 2, 2020

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.

star 7.67
230 votes
Directors: Marisol Adler
Writers: Hank Steinberg
Collars For Dollars

#20 - Collars For Dollars

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 16, 2020

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.

star 7.65
205 votes
Directors: Jono Oliver
Writers: Hank Steinberg, Terri Kopp

#21 - Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 25, 2020

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.

star 7.64
242 votes
Writers: Hank Steinberg
Say His Name

#22 - Say His Name

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 3, 2021

Aaron takes on the case of an unarmed man shot by a police officer. Safiya represents Ronnie after he’s arrested and roughed up by law enforcement, and the family struggles with whether to have Aaron Jr. baptized.

star 7.62
169 votes
Directors: Eif Rivera
Writers: Sonay Hoffman

#23 - Marie

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 3, 2020

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.

star 7.43
405 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Sonay Hoffman