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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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Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on A&E
14 Seasons, 306 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Detectives investigate to determine if the strangulation of a grandmother in a vacant lot in East Cleveland is related to other cases.

  • Detectives investigate the slashing death of a woman and are led to an unlikely suspect.

  • Detectives investigate the murder of a man shot to death in his bed in Dallas. Then, in New Orleans, Detective Tanisha Sykes must solve a mystery of why a popular DJ is found bound and executed before his killers strike again.

  • Detectives in New Orleands investigate the execution of a woman killed in broad daylight.

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