Hand of God (TV series)

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Hand of God
Created by Ben Watkins
Written by Ben Watkins
Directed by Marc Forster
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 45–66 min.[1]
Production company(s)
  • Universal Television
  • Alcon Television Group
Distributor Amazon Studios
Original release August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28) – present

Hand of God is an American drama series created by Ben Watkins. Along with Hysteria, the premiere episode is one of two drama pilots Amazon streamed online in August 2014. Viewers were allowed to offer their opinions about the pilot before the studio decided whether or not to place an order for the entire series.[2] In October 2014, Hand of God was ordered to full series by Amazon Studios.[3] The series officially premiered on September 4, 2015. A second season was ordered in December 2015, to air in 2016.[4]


Hand of God follows Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Pilot" Marc Forster Ben Watkins August 28, 2014 (2014-08-28)
2 "Your Inside Voice" Marc Forster Ben Watkins & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
3 "Contemplating the Body" Richard J. Lewis Ben Watkins & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
4 "He So Loved" Sarah Pia Anderson Becky Hartman Edwards & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
5 "Welcome the Stranger" Ernest R. Dickerson Sam Forman & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
6 "For the Rain to Gather" Andrew Bernstein Deborah Schoeneman & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
7 "A Bird in Hand" Peter Medak Ali Garfinkel & Mark Hudis & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
8 "One Saved Message" Mario Van Peebles Benjamin Jones & Daniel Tuch & Ben Watkins September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
9 "A Flower That Bees Prefer" Stephen Williams Theresa Rebeck & Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)
10 "The Tie That Binds" Brad Anderson Daniel Tuch September 4, 2015 (2015-09-04)


The series has received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the first season has a metascore of 44 out of 100 based on 19 critics reviews but has a user score of 6.9 out of 10 based on 32 ratings,[5] while receiving a 7.7 out of 10 on IMDB,[6] and an 8.2/10 from IGN.[7]

Todd VanDerWerff of Vox called the show "mind-boggling bad".[8] Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote that it "loses its focus" and that it feels "attenuated and static".[9] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times gave the series a negative review, writing that it had great acting but "little else".[10] David Sims of The Atlantic wrote that the climax of the series didn't "justify 10 depressing hours of television".[11] Alternately, Robert Rorke of the NY Post called the show "oddly compelling",[12] while Tirdad Derakhshani of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "It's such an engaging, original, quirky, and thought-provoking drama, it should be seen."[13]


  1. "Hand of God". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  2. Jarvey, Natalie (August 11, 2014). "Amazon Studios Sets August Premiere for Third Group of Pilots". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  3. Lewis, Hilary (October 3, 2014). "Amazon Picks Up Full Series of 'Hand of God' and Steven Soderbergh's 'Red Oaks'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  4. Andreeva, Nellie (December 18, 2015). "Amazon Picks Up 5 New Primetime Series & 3 Kids Series, Renews ‘Red Oaks’ & ‘Hand Of God’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  5. "Hand of God : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  6. "IMDB Hand of God rating page". IMDB. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  7. Nicholson, Max (September 4, 2015). "Hand of God: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  8. VanDerWerff, Todd (September 6, 2015). "Amazon's new series Hand of God is excruciatingly terrible television". Vox. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  9. Hale, Mike (September 3, 2015). "Review: 'Hand of God,' on Amazon, Is a California Neo-Noir Thriller". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  10. McNamara, Mary (September 3, 2015). "Amazon's 'Hand of God' features miraculous acting, but little else". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  11. Sims, David (September 4, 2015). "Hand of God: A Dark, Violent, Vigilante Drama About Religion". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  12. Rorke, Robert (September 2, 2015). "Far-fetched ‘Hand of God’ is Oddly Compelling". New York Post. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  13. Derakhshani, Tirdad (September 4, 2015). "Amazon's 'Hand of God' a fascinating, if uneven religious satire". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 

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