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Series Length:14 Seasons, 289 Episodes
Schedule: Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on A&E

The documentary-reality show, The First 48, is as real life as it gets on TV. The show televises the darker side of life in the US by taking viewers through the first 48 hours of an investigation after a murder has been discovered. As this is the most critical time to obtain leads to the suspect, The First 48 is perfectly named.

During the initial 48 hours of a homicide investigation, the evidence is fresh as well as the witness's memories. In addition, the suspect hasn't had enough time to run and hide. In the documentary, the cameras follow detectives from two different cities investigating two different homicides. It's the viewer's chance to see the reality of what happens during an investigation and the results of their hard work.

Detectives believe the chance of solving a case is cut in half if not solved in the first 48 hours. Although the show is named for that belief, not all investigations shown are solved within that time frame. During an episode, viewers begin at the crime scene, travel along as evidence is collected and are present during the questioning of witnesses. In addition, there are scenes of suspect interrogations and in some cases the criminal's arrest.

The program gives an insider's view at the real life workings of crime scene techniques, forensic evidence and advanced detective skills. As such, The First 48 is one of the highest-rated non-fiction justice programs on American television. To be part of the investigation as it develops, The First 48 airs on A&E Thursdays at 9pm.

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Status: Currently Airing
Genre: Reality
Rating: 8.9/10
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202 Amazon Episodes
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24 A&E Episodes
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  • In Cleveland, the murder of an innocent store clerk is caught on tape. Detectives work feverishly to track down the killer before more blood is shed.

  • A father is robbed and shot in Cleveland; a New Orleans man is gunned down right in the middle of the day.

  • In New Orleans, Detective Maggie Darling is on the hunt for the killers who gunned down a recent high school graduate. Then in Dallas, Detective Steve David races to identify a woman found shot and dumped on the side of the highway before the killer's trail goes cold.

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