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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.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on A&E
18 Seasons, 399 Episodes
June 3, 2004
Reality
8.3/10
Cast: Dion Graham
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The First 48 Full Episode Guide

  • A father is killed when a man opens fire in a crowded convenience store in Atlanta; a Tulsa, Okla., groom-to-be is gunned down before he can turn his life around.

  • 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 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 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.

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