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The First 48

The First 48

A&E 2004

Follows detectives during the hours immediately following a homicide.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The First 48

The First 48 - S17E29

#1 - Down and Out / Room for the Night (Season 17 - Episode 29)

Detective Rob Barrere investigates when three men meet in a motel room in New Orleans east, and one of them ends up dead; while in Tulsa, Detective Ronnie Leatherman catches the case of a man stabbed 21 times when a night of drinking ignites a murderous rage.

The episode was rated 9.30 from 10 votes.

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The First 48 - S7E19

#2 - After The First 48: Fool for Love/Crash (Season 7 - Episode 19)

Detective Rick Duggan arrested two suspects for the murder of Leonel Valle. Now the justice system needed to determine which of them was most responsible - the girlfriend, Marsela Cortez, whose fingerprints were found on his empty safe, or her jealous ex-boyfriend, Gerardo Hernandez?

The episode was rated 8.48 from 23 votes.

The First 48 - S9E17

#3 - 10 Pounds (Season 9 - Episode 17)

In Birmingham, Detective Chris Anderson returns to his childhood neighborhood to investigate the murder of a man killed over ten pounds of marijuana.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 15 votes.

The First 48 - S9E14

#4 - Twist of Fate (Season 9 - Episode 14)

In Louisville, a community is outraged when a married couple is gunned down at home in front of their two young children. Det. Kevin Trees and the homicide team hit the streets hoping the community's strong reaction to the killing will trump the neighborhood's long-standing code of silence. Armed with expert interrogation techniques and a polygraph, Trees navigates his way through false leads and deceptive witnesses. As he works his way toward a suspect, the investigation takes a shocking turn.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 20 votes.

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The First 48 - S13E35

#5 - Trust No One/Risky Business (Season 13 - Episode 35)

In Cleveland, after a beloved neighbor is murdered in his own home, Detective Art Echols is on the hunt for a killer who may be closer than he thinks.Then in Dallas, after a robbery that left one man dead and another severely wounded, Detective Steve David needs to track down two killers before they strike again.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 19 votes.

The First 48 - S7E29

#6 - After The First 48: Fool for Love/Crash (Season 7 - Episode 29)

Detective Rick Duggan arrested two suspects for the murder of Leonel Valle. Now the justice system needed to determine which of them was most responsible - the girlfriend, Marsela Cortez, whose fingerprints were found on his empty safe, or her jealous ex-boyfriend, Gerardo Hernandez?

The episode was rated 8.20 from 10 votes.

The First 48 - S13E44

#7 - After the First 48: Trail of Evidence (Season 13 - Episode 44)

In Harris County Texas, a 38-year-old man is stabbed to death in his own home leaving behind two children and his wife. Investigators track down the suspect thanks to surveillance video and some good old fashion detective work. But when the defendant claims self defense, the state must put together a case that will convince the jury the dead man was in fact the victim and not a predator.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 16 votes.

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The First 48 - S11E30

#8 - Snake Eyes/No Way Out (Season 11 - Episode 30)

In Birmingham, AL, an innocent man is shot and killed in crossfire from a shoot out that erupted at a friendly dice game. Detective Jerry Williams and his team must first locate the shooters involved and then decide who and what to believe from the conflicting interviews. And in Harris County, TX, Dep. Jason Brown and the Homicide Unit investigate the murder of a 17-year-old student, gunned down in a flea market parking lot that also left his 14-year-old cousin wounded. The trail heats up when Brown finds another student that was involved in the shooting and in the gang confrontation that precipitated it.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 11 votes.

The First 48 - S11E2

#9 - Mother and Child (Season 11 - Episode 2)

In Miami, ten days before Christmas, a young corrections officer is shot dead with her two-year-old son while sleeping in their bed. Det. Kevin Ruggiero and Sgt. Ervens Ford take the case personally--not only do they consider the victim 24-year-old Ciara Lee as "on our team", but the death of her baby boy hits them emotionally. In this intense manhunt the detectives uncover the intended target, the motive, and the suspected killers, making an arrest two days before Christmas. But a surprise twist at the end leaves them frustrated and determined.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 42 votes.

The First 48 - S7E22

#10 - Moving Out/Among Thieves (Season 7 - Episode 22)

In Memphis, Sgt. Debo Carson and her team investigate the murder of a man shot dead outside of his house. The case takes a turn when a man investigators believe to be a witness becomes a suspect. In Dallas, a carjacking spree leaves one man dead.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 23 votes.

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The First 48 - S13E10
#11 - Wild Ride
8.04
Season 13 - Episode 10

Cleveland homicide detectives follow a bizarre trail of evidence in the case of a father of five who was stabbed over 50 times.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
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The First 48 - S9E15
#12 - Body of Evidence
8.00
Season 9 - Episode 15

When dismembered body parts are found floating in Miami's Biscayne Bay, Det. Orlando Silva and the Miami homicide team work around the clock to solve one of the most brutal murders South Florida has ever seen.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
The First 48 - S11E27
#13 - The Ring/Last Drive
8.00
Season 11 - Episode 27

In Birmingham, lead Detective Henry Lucas is working the brutal stabbing of a young mother killed in her own bedroom. With no obvious motive, the investigation hits a wall until Lucas discovers the victim is missing a diamond ring. Meanwhile, the Harris County Homicide squad and lead investigator Sgt. James Dousay are hunting the killer of a man found shot to death in his car. With no witnesses, Dousay hopes the last messages on the victim's phone and the victim's family and friends can lead them to their suspect.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
The First 48 - S13E54
#14 - Killer Connection/Bloody Birthday
8.00
Season 13 - Episode 54

In Dallas, a young father is shot dead outside a bar, and the killer is caught on video. But can detectives find someone to ID him? Then, in Cleveland, a mother of six is gunned down on her birthday, leaving her family devastated and the homicide team desperate to figure out who pulled the trigger.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
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The First 48 - S20E7
#15 - The Visitor
8.00
Season 20 - Episode 7

After his mother reports him missing, an Atlanta man is found dead, naked and shot twice in his bedroom.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
The First 48 - S2E3
#16 - Hostile Takeover/Shot in the Back
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 3

In Miami, a young man's body is found next to a high-rise, a victim of an apparent suicide. But the investigation takes a twist when Sgt. Joe Schillaci discovers signs of a struggle on the victim's body. The man was seen with a mysterious woman only hours before his death--but the woman has disappeared. Is she the killer--or yet another victim? Detectives in Dallas find two burned up bodies in opposite sides of town on the same night. The investigation leads to a motel where they find a bloody room and the possible murder scene. Were the two victims killed by the same killer?

The episode was rated from 62 votes.
The First 48 - S13E6
#17 - Birthday Girl
7.97
Season 13 - Episode 6

A 14-year-old Cleveland girl dies at her own birthday party when gunmen fire on a crowd; homicide detectives race to track down multiple shooters in the crime.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
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The First 48 - S1E9
#18 - Desert Bones / Party's Over
7.95
Season 1 - Episode 9

Detectives Dillian and Jewell join forensic anthropologist Laura Fulginiti to determine the identity of a female skeleton found in the desert. And the shooting of a teenager at a high-school party puts Detectives Rodriguez and Kulesa on the trail of a shooter wearing a ski mask.

The episode was rated from 57 votes.
The First 48 - S13E49
#19 - Abandoned by the Bayou
7.95
Season 13 - Episode 49

New Orleans police detectives piece together the last hours in the life of a mother of five, who was found bound and executed in an empty lot.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
The First 48 - S13E5
#20 - Strapped/The Killers Next Door
7.94
Season 13 - Episode 5

A teen is killed in Miami; two college students are robbed and shot while walking their dog in Cleveland.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.
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Last updated: dec 06, 2022

Comments

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This has got to be the most absorbing of all true crime shows. Every episode has you hooked like a movie - you just have to remind yourself to remember it's real and that sadly this is human tragedy unfolding before your eyes. Real Crime. Real Consequences. Real good TV!

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It amazes me how one can have no remorse for a humans soul. Great show and it should be a class in all schools to deter crime.

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Between seasons 19-22 they don't have a clue what seasons or episodes are where, what a cluster fuck!

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