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Defending Jacob 

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Mini-Series (2020)
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The limited drama series is a gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best selling novel of the same name by William Landay. An assistant DA's world is shattered when his beloved son gets charged with murder.


Mark Bomback




Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Chris Evans ...  Andy Barber 8 episodes, 2020
Michelle Dockery ...  Laurie Barber 8 episodes, 2020
Jaeden Martell ...  Jacob Barber 8 episodes, 2020
Cherry Jones ...  Joanna Klein 8 episodes, 2020
Pablo Schreiber ...  Neal Loguidice 8 episodes, 2020
Betty Gabriel ...  Pam Duffy 8 episodes, 2020
Sakina Jaffrey ...  Lynn Canavan 8 episodes, 2020
Daniel Henshall ...  Leonard Patz 7 episodes, 2020
Ben Taylor ...  Derek Yoo 7 episodes, 2020
Jordan Alexa Davis ...  Sarah Grohl 6 episodes, 2020
Megan Byrne ...  Joan Rifkin 5 episodes, 2020
J.K. Simmons ...  Billy Barber 5 episodes, 2020
Patrick Fischler ...  Dan Rifkin 4 episodes, 2020
Poorna Jagannathan ...  Elizabeth Vogel 4 episodes, 2020
Tamara Hickey ...  Toby 4 episodes, 2020
Hale Lytle ...  Matt McGrath 3 episodes, 2020
Maria Elena Ramirez Maria Elena Ramirez ...  Cara 3 episodes, 2020
Ted Arcidi ...  Kingston 3 episodes, 2020
Liam Kilbreth ...  Ben Rifkin 3 episodes, 2020
Shawn Fitzgibbon ...  Detective Peterson 3 episodes, 2020
William Xifaras ...  Father O'Leary 3 episodes, 2020
Devon Diep ...  Reiko 3 episodes, 2020
Cheryl McMahon ...  Mrs. Mandel 3 episodes, 2020
Daryl Edwards ...  Judge French 2 episodes, 2020
Therese Plaehn ...  Lita McGrath 2 episodes, 2020
Myra Lucretia Taylor ...  Judge Rivera 2 episodes, 2020
Marilyn Busch ...  Court Clerk 2 episodes, 2020
Berlis Cuevas ...  Bailiff 2 episodes, 2020
Frankie Francois ...  Sienna 2 episodes, 2020
Michele Proude ...  Court Clerk 2 episodes, 2020
Odis Spencer ...  Principal 2 episodes, 2020
Carrie Ann Quinn ...  Kathleen 2 episodes, 2020
Aaron Andrade Aaron Andrade ...  Mr. Fuller 2 episodes, 2020


Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He's his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own - between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive. Written by waynerussell-76767

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Did You Know?


Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell play father and son in this project. They previously appeared together in Playing It Cool (2014), playing the same character at different ages, and in Knives Out (2019) playing cousins. See more »


Featured in SportsCenter: Episode #42.148 (2020) See more »

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Good so far; hoping it stays true to the book
27 April 2020 | by wilcox-145See all my reviews

I read "Defending Jacob" several years ago, and it's remained one of my favorite books I've read to date. I had heard rumor of a movie adaptation, but it never happened and I eventually forgot about it. When I saw the trailers for the miniseries, I was so excited someone finally did it.

However, it also makes me nervous...I've been seriously let down by movie adaptations before (I'm looking at you, My Sister's Keeper), so I'm watching this with cautious optimism that it will stay true.

So far, however, I've enjoyed it. No major complaints about the casting, although I'm not sure I envisioned Chris Evans as Andrew.

I've been waiting for this for a long time, so I will definitely keep watching and hope to not be disappointed in the end.

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Release Date:

24 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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Défendre Jacob See more »

Filming Locations:

Leominster, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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