Watch The First 48

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.

Thursday 8:00 PM et/pt on A&E
17 Seasons, 401 Episodes
June 3, 2004
Reality
8.3/10
Cast: Dion Graham
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The First 48 Full Episode Guide

  • In 2008, an intruder savagely attacks a family in their Memphis home, leaving bloody clues that partners Tony Mullins and Caroline Mason must piece together in pursuit of the killer.

  • In Minneapolis, surveillance cameras at a convenience store capture more than just a shooting. When a dead body is found days after the murder, Minneapolis Homicide must scramble to catch up to the killer. Minneapolis detectives need the help of the Somali community to help solve the murder of one of their own. The life of a 19-year old woman hangs in the balance after walking in on an intruder in her home.

  • In New Orleans, when a man is robbed and shot multiple times on his payday, Detective Rob Barrere has a hunch this isn’t just a random robbery gone wrong. In New Orleans, when an eyewitness points out a potential suspect at the crime scene, Detective Nick Williams must determine if they have the right guy. When a man is found shot dead in his car, St. Louis detectives hope a local prostitute can point them in the direction of the shooter. In KCK, a feud between neighbors gets out of control and leaves a father of 5 shot in the head on his doorstep.

  • In Mobile, when a 90-year-old war hero is shot in the back, detectives discover his former neighbor may hold the key to what went down. In Tulsa, a young man’s future is cut short when a plan to make a quick buck goes horribly wrong.

  • In Atlanta, when a young man is shot from 235 feet away, Detective Darrin Smith discovers an escalating feud that threatens to tear apart a neighborhood.

  • In Tulsa, a man from out of town is found dead in his motel room and Detective Michael Zenoni must wade through a web of secrets and lies to uncover the truth.

  • A parking lot drug deal turns into a shootout that claims the lives of two Atlanta men; an execution outside a Tulsa, Okla., motel escalates into a double murder when the killer spots a witness to the crime.

  • Gunmen open fire on a porch, shooting four children and three adults; a police detective turns to the New Orleans community for help in solving the case.

  • In Tulsa, a man shot and killed when a stranger sees an opportunity to good to pass up. In Atlanta, an escalating argument ends with one man dead and the other in danger.

  • When a man is murdered just before Christmas, his family helps Tulsa, Okla., detectives search for his killers.

  • A woman is beaten and stabbed to death in her home in an act of vengeance; a Kansas City man is unable to get out of a dangerous business.

  • A father gone missing turns up dead when his plans to evict a tenant ignite a murderous rage.

  • In Tulsa, Detective Leatherman tracks a sadistic killer who murdered the brother of a man who stole his truck.

  • A quick-money scam in Mobile, Ala., ends in a double murder; a rookie homicide detective takes the case personally.

  • In Atlanta, a decorated veteran and grandfather is ambushed when he checks on a rental property.

  • In an enhanced episode, Dallas detectives investigate the murder of an unidentified woman who was shot to death, and they have only a few clues, including a cell phone found at the scene.

  • When a homeless man is gunned down on the sidewalk, Mobile detectives discover a petty motive.

  • In Tulsa, a vicious hammer attack leaves two young men clinging to life. Detectives race to catch the suspect before he strikes again. In Atlanta, detectives discover a selfless act performed by their victim led to his murder.

  • A suburban teen is killed in a robbery gone bad, prompting a Minneapolis police detective to determine which of the victim's friends may have double-crossed him.

  • Detectives uncover a vengeful motive while investigating a shootout in an Atlanta rap studio that left two men dead.

  • A Tulsa, Okla., man gunned down in broad daylight; a New Orleans man shot eight times in his own home after a text message lands in the hands of a killer.

  • An innocent man is killed during a night out. When solid leads hit dead ends, detectives discover a surprising motive.

  • Atlanta detectives investigate when a young Atlanta man is shot and left to de in the bushes.

  • A Tulsa, Okla., woman sets out on the run following the homicide of her boyfriend; an Army veteran shot down after aiding a homeless guy in Atlanta.

  • When a man is gunned down protecting his wife, police detectives hope his ex-wife can reveal who may have wanted him killed.

  • New Orleans detective Rayell Johnson investigates the shooting death of an elderly man found outside his home, while Atlanta Detective Kevin Leonpacher must find the young man and woman caught on a store camera committing a murder in broad daylight.

  • Police investigate the fatal shooting of a young social activist after an argument at a Tulsa, Okla., bar.

  • Atlanta detectives investigate the death of an elderly woman who got caught in the middle of a turf war.

  • Minneapolis police investigate the execution of a Somali girl and discover a secret relationship; a shooter kills a beloved son at a house party in Tulsa, Okla.

  • Detectives in New Orleans investigate the stabbing of a criminal. A Minnesota woman is murdered following an argument amongst friends.

  • Detectives investigate the shooting death of a young man from Tulsa., Okla.

  • Detectives investigate a brazen murder in front of an Atlanta elementary school.

  • After a young woman has a deadly premonition, the New Orleans homicide team learns her killer may have killed before.

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