Cold Case

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.6  (24,953)

Cold Case is a police procedural that takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It centers on a group of detectives who work cold case jobs, some from as long as 50-years ago. Detective Lilly Rush works the cold cases along with partners, Scotty Valence, Nick Vera, Will Jefferies, and Kat Miller. They all work up under Lieutenant John Stillman. The series began with Lily working a current job where three people were killed in a restaurant in Fishtown. She is pulled off of that case and assigned to the cold case team where she makes a name for herself quickly. The show usually does a single case per episode focusing on one murder and talking to suspects through a series of flashbacks that preceded the crime. The cases are usually reopened when someone comes forward with new evidence on a crime that was either never solved or it seems that the wrong person were convicted. Most of the cases involve murder, although many involved missing persons whose bodies were found when it was thought they had just left town. Through the flashbacks Cold Case dealt with a lot of history and history's problems such as racism, abortion, and police brutality. Scattered throughout the series we get to see the detectives personal lives unfold in bits and pieces showing that they are indeed human and that they do something besides work. Cases vary in severity, from premeditated murder to accidental death and the cold case squad always gets their man. Every detective on the squad knows how to stretch the truth to earn the trust of the suspects they are interrogating. The show won many awards for acting and costumes that were used for period dress.

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Shattered
22. Shattered
May 2, 2010
Valens partners with Rush to locate her sister, who was abducted from her drug-littered motel room, and Jeffries tries to bring justice and closure to a long-suffering mother whose daughter's murder case has remained unsolved for 17 years.
Almost Paradise
21. Almost Paradise
May 2, 2010
The team investigates the 1989 case of a prom queen who may have been intentionally killed in a hit-and-run; Rush tries to ignore her father's requests to give her sister (Nicki Aycox) another chance.
Free Love
20. Free Love
April 11, 2010
Rush and FBI agent Ryan Cavanaugh discover their attraction for one another while investigating the 1969 murder of a GI at Woodstock, and Vera helps his married ex-girlfriend, Megan, after sentimental jewelry is stolen from her home.
Bullet (2)
19. Bullet (2)
April 4, 2010
After determining the serial killer's identity - and some of his likely future targets - the team and the FBI work together to apprehend him while trying to locate and protect the people he's preparing to kill
The Last Drive-In (1)
18. The Last Drive-In (1)
March 28, 2010
When ballistics tie a recent murder case of Rush's to a serial killer who was seemingly inactive for 27 years, a tough FBI agent with ties to Stillman shows up to enlist the team's aid in finding the killer who has eluded her for 30 years.
Flashover
17. Flashover
March 21, 2010
At the same time that Det. Nick Vera goes missing, the team investigates the 2006 arson case.
One Fall
16. One Fall
March 14, 2010
The team reopens the case of a dock worker who was moonlighting as an indy-circuit wrestler until he was shot dead in 1986, and Valens secretly looks into a lead on the man who mugged and raped his mother.
Two Weddings
15. Two Weddings
February 28, 2010
At a colleague's wedding, Det. Jeffries convinces the rest team to re-open the 2008 death of the bride's previous fiance.
Metamorphosis
14. Metamorphosis
February 21, 2010
When new evidence of potential foul play emerges, the team re-opens the 1971 case of a teenage circus aerialist who fell to her death while performing a dangerous new act.
Bombers
13. Bombers
February 14, 2010
The team investigates 1983 murder of a graffiti artist who died from a fatal dose of paint.
The Runaway Bunny
12. The Runaway Bunny
January 17, 2010
The team re-opens the 1974 case of a murdered private investigator.
The Good Soldier
11. The Good Soldier
January 10, 2010
The team re-investigates the 2005 murder of a Green Beret recruiter who was suspected of being a jewelry thief when his former subordinate presents compelling evidence for his innocence.
Iced
10. Iced
December 13, 2009
The team investigates the 1980 case of the murder of an ice hockey player, who was killed on his team's Philly ice rink the same night the U.S. hockey team had beaten the Soviet Union in the Olympic games in Lake Placid.
Forensics
9. Forensics
December 6, 2009
The team re-opens the 1999 case of a high school debate champion whose death was originally ruled as a suicide.
Chinatown
8. Chinatown
November 22, 2009
The team re-investigates Lt. Stillman's cold case from 1983, the death of a Chinese-American teen whose girlfriend had been killed by Chinese gang members only three months earlier.
Read Between the Lines
7. Read Between the Lines
November 15, 2009
The team explores the 1991 case of a 14-year-old girl who died after being sent to a new foster family and was poised to be an upcoming rap music star.
Dead Heat
6. Dead Heat
November 8, 2009
The team re-opens the 1986 death of a jockey when his remains are found buried with horses.
WASP
5. WASP
November 1, 2009
The team re-opens the 1944 case of a female pilot who was part of a civilian program to aid the Air Force during World War II.
Soul
4. Soul
October 25, 2009
The death of a musician in 1970 is investigated, and the musician was trying to keep his involvement with a Philadelphia Soul scene a secret from his father. Meanwhile, Lilly talks with her step-brother Finn, who is a teenager.
Jurisprudence
3. Jurisprudence
October 11, 2009
The team re-investigates the 2004 death of a teen-aged boy who was wrongly sent to a a juvenile detention center.
Hoodrats
2. Hoodrats
October 4, 2009
The 1995 murder of an unidentified runaway is reopened when his brother presents proof of his identity.
The Crossing
1. The Crossing
September 27, 2009
The 1966 case of woman believed lost at sea due to suicide is reopened when her remains are discovered. Meanwhile the trial of the man who attempted to kill Detective Rush begins.
Description

Cold Case is a police procedural that takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It centers on a group of detectives who work cold case jobs, some from as long as 50-years ago. Detective Lilly Rush works the cold cases along with partners, Scotty Valence, Nick Vera, Will Jefferies, and Kat Miller. They all work up under Lieutenant John Stillman.

The series began with Lily working a current job where three people were killed in a restaurant in Fishtown. She is pulled off of that case and assigned to the cold case team where she makes a name for herself quickly. The show usually does a single case per episode focusing on one murder and talking to suspects through a series of flashbacks that preceded the crime.

The cases are usually reopened when someone comes forward with new evidence on a crime that was either never solved or it seems that the wrong person were convicted. Most of the cases involve murder, although many involved missing persons whose bodies were found when it was thought they had just left town.

Through the flashbacks Cold Case dealt with a lot of history and history's problems such as racism, abortion, and police brutality. Scattered throughout the series we get to see the detectives personal lives unfold in bits and pieces showing that they are indeed human and that they do something besides work.

Cases vary in severity, from premeditated murder to accidental death and the cold case squad always gets their man. Every detective on the squad knows how to stretch the truth to earn the trust of the suspects they are interrogating. The show won many awards for acting and costumes that were used for period dress.

Cold Case is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (157 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2009.

Where to Watch Cold Case

Cold Case is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cold Case on demand at HBO Max and The Roku Channel Free.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (24,953)