Murder in the First

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.3  (7,106)

Murder in the First is a crime drama series aired by TNT, which first premiered in 2014 and ran for three seasons before its finale in 2016. Set in San Francisco, the show follows homicide detectives Terry English, played by Taye Diggs, and Hildy Mulligan, played by Kathleen Robertson, as they investigate and solve complex murder cases.

The series takes a cumulative approach by featuring one case per season. Each season follows a new investigation, with the first season focusing on the murder of a drug addict who is found dead in the bedroom of a wealthy tech industry mogul. The second season revolves around an alleged serial killer case, and the third season delves into the murder of a top-flight athlete.

The show features a talented and diverse cast, including Tom Felton as Erich Blunt, the tech mogul suspected of being behind the murder in the first season. Felton delivers a standout performance as a privileged, egotistical, and ruthless man who may or may not be responsible for the murder.

Mimi Kirkland, who acts as the daughter of Detective Hildy in the series, also delivers a noteworthy performance. Her character is instrumental to Hildy's storyline, providing her with emotional support as she tries to balance motherhood and her job.

The rest of the cast includes Raphael Sbarge as Detective Edgar Navarro, the third member of the police team, who often reflects on the impact of their investigations; Lombardo Boyar as Inspector Anthony “Suger” Cascade, their boss; Ian Anthony Dale as Lieutenant Jim Koto, a professional and efficient head of homicide; and Bess Rous as Ivana West, a junior prosecutor working with Terry and Hildy.

Another notable performance in the show comes from Richard Schiff, who plays David Hertzberg, a high-powered attorney who willingly represents Blunt in the first season. Schiff's portrayal of David is one of the highlights of the show, with his character's disdain for the police and his cunning legal manipulations adding a new layer to the story.

The show also explores the personal lives of the detectives, as they juggle their cases with their personal struggles. Terry is mourning the loss of his wife, who died of cancer, and raising his young son alone. Meanwhile, Hildy is raising her daughter while grappling with her ex-husband's ongoing drug addiction and her complicated relationship with her partner.

The show's creators, Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, who previously worked together on NYPD Blue, have ensured that the series is not just about solving crimes. The plots delve deep into the city's politics, media sensationalism, and the corrupting effects of wealth and status. Bochco and Lodal use the setting of San Francisco to explore a range of social and economic issues such as homelessness, mental illness, law enforcement corruption and institutional racism.

The music plays a vital role in creating a cohesive, immersive atmosphere in the series. The show's composer, Mark Isham, creates a haunting theme, which sets the tone for each episode. The music choices throughout the show are also on point and provide a sense of intensity and urgency.

Overall, Murder in the First is a gripping crime drama that offers a fresh perspective on the genre. The series maintains a high level of tension throughout each episode and remains engaging thanks to its superb writing, direction, and acting performances. While the show has concluded its run, it remains an intriguing and well-made series that is worth catching up on.

Murder in the First is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on June 9, 2014.

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Kat's Meow
10. Kat's Meow
September 4, 2016
In this exciting season finale, Terry and Hildy rush to close one of their most complex cases. A new grisly homicide strikes close to home for the inspectors. Siletti finds out his victory in court comes with a heavy price.
Rise of the Phoenix
9. Rise of the Phoenix
August 28, 2016
When an encouraging new clue is found, Terry and Hildy move forward in hopes of finally settling the Normandy Parker scheme. Siletti pulls out all the stops in his expedition against the very system he headed as District Attorney. Hildy's home life proceeds to spiral downward as one of her people ends up in the interrogation room.
Daddy Dearest
8. Daddy Dearest
August 21, 2016
Terry and Hildy fight to gather evidence against their new primary suspect. Terry tries to fix his relationship with Hildy. The prosecution comes out swinging with an emotional witness who endangers Siletti's possibilities for life on the outside.
Let's Make a Deal
7. Let's Make a Deal
August 14, 2016
While the investigation into the killing of Normandy gets closer to home, a new homicide points Terry and Hildy to revisit an earlier suspect. The trial of Mario Siletti begins as the state Attorney General's prosecutor, determined to put the District Attorney behind bars, unloads the first witnesses against him. Terry and Hildy cope with the harsh reality that their positions as partners may get in the way of their own happiness.
Sam I Am
6. Sam I Am
July 31, 2016
Terry and Hildy worry they may have lost a key suspect to his gangster enemies. Terry is left to contemplate his real feelings when Hildy agrees to another date with Burnside. Siletti prepares for the most critical test of his career: his own.
Follow the Money
5. Follow the Money
July 24, 2016
The killing of a key suspect in the Normandy Parker case appears to prove Terry's conspiracy theory. Siletti's fragile peace with his family is increased by a ruinous civil lawsuit adding to his legal problems. And Hildy goes out trying to move on from Terry.
The Barbers of Seville
4. The Barbers of Seville
July 17, 2016
Disturbing new details about Normandy Parker extends the list of suspects in his killing. Siletti, battling for his future, ruins the D.A. who replaced him. Terry and Hildy confront an ultimatum about their secret relationship.
Black and Blue
3. Black and Blue
July 10, 2016
Public pressure on Terry and the SFPD keeps rising for the shooting fatality of an unarmed suspect. Hildy hunts down the fugitive in the Normandy Parker killing. Arkin encourages Siletti to reconcile with his spouse, as she may be the key to winning - or losing - his case.
Tropic of Cancer
2. Tropic of Cancer
July 3, 2016
As the search goes on for the number-one suspect in the Normandy Parker case, an anonymous clue forces Terry into an officer-involved shooting that prompts public uproar. A desperate Siletti hesitantly hires DUI defense lawyer Alfred Arkin, but withholds pertinent trial information. Hildy receives positive news for her future, and she and Terry cross a line together.
Normandy Bitch
1. Normandy Bitch
June 26, 2016
Season three begins for Homicide Inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan when an all-star quarterback is killed in the middle of a busy club in front of his pop star girlfriend. D.A. Mario Siletti and his spouse are involved in a tragic car crash that could end his career and his marriage. And an untimely conclusion threatens Hildy's future.
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Murder in the First is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Murder in the First on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 9, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (7,106)