The Best Episodes of Detroit 1-8-7

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

What does it take to be a detective on America's most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit's finest, offering an insider's glimpse behind the curtain of a Homicide Unit. The cameras unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops—moments of raw exposure when they address us directly, as well as private moments when they forget they're being filmed. There's the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected—and most misunderstood—man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch's new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; Narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez—a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Aman Mahajan—a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants—form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn't be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, working the neighborhoods of the once and future Motor City, a rebounding bastion of middle America still saddled with the highest murder rate in the country. Detroit 1-8-7 stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Detective Louis Fitch, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (True Blood) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone and Shaun Majumder as Detective Aman Mahajan.

Home Invasion/Drive By

#1 - Home Invasion/Drive By

Season 1 - Episode 9

Longford, Mahajan, Stone and Sanchez investigate the slaying of a wealthy, retired auto industry executive in his palatial home; Fitch, Washington and Lt. Mason comfort the family of an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a drive-by shooter.

star 8.30
19 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Denitria Harris-Lawrence
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Road to Nowhere

#2 - Road to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 13

When a respected philanthropist is found dead in his car, Detective Fitch is the main suspect; three murder victims are found on a bus.

star 8.30
20 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Andrew Fash
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Key to the City

#3 - Key to the City

Season 1 - Episode 12

A stunned squad investigates the shooting death of an assistant prosecutor.

star 8.23
22 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nikki Toscano
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Ice Man/Malibu

#4 - Ice Man/Malibu

Season 1 - Episode 11

The squad investigates the murder of a movie star who had been filming in the city; a young homeless man is found encased in ice in a shantytown.

star 8.12
25 votes
Writers: Byron Balasco
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Motor City Blues

#5 - Motor City Blues

Season 1 - Episode 17

As the detectives embark on emotional shifts in their lives, a young graffiti artist is murdered; Fitch receives shocking news from his ex-wife.

star 8.11
20 votes
Directors: David Zabel
Writers: David Zabel
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Shelter

#6 - Shelter

Season 1 - Episode 10

Two bodies are found in an abandoned shelter. Longford's father, to everyone's surprise is able to help with this investigation. Meanwhile, Fitch, Washington, Stone and Sanchez investigate the murder of a Latina.

star 8.06
22 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: David Zabel
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Blackout

#7 - Blackout

Season 1 - Episode 18

A nemesis from New York shows up in Detroit, agitating Fitch; an entire family is murdered; Longford starts to reconsider his retirement.

star 8.03
24 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Jason Richman
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Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop

#8 - Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop

Season 1 - Episode 4

The owner of a car wash is tortured and shot, and his business trashed; the investigation into a rising hip-hop star's death reveals a secret life.

star 7.99
21 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Byron Balasco
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Lost Child/Murder 101

#9 - Lost Child/Murder 101

Season 1 - Episode 6

A woman in an SUV is shot multiple times while hiding a 2-year-old in the back of the vehicle; a college janitor with drugs in his system is found dead.

star 7.85
19 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jason Richman, Nikki Toscano
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Broken Engagement/Trashman

#10 - Broken Engagement/Trashman

Season 1 - Episode 7

Stone and Sanchez, dealing with the fallout from their personal attraction, are assigned with Fitch to investigate the murder of successful executive Abigail James from Detroit's "Tech Town." At the same time, Longford and Washington need to piece together the back story of another fresh murder case -- the lifeless body of a young drug dealer, "Toucan," is discovered in a trash bin.

star 7.78
19 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Rob Hanning
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Local Hero/Overboard

#11 - Local Hero/Overboard

Season 1 - Episode 2

A local football star is murdered; an unpopular groom disappears during a boisterous wedding reception on a boat.

star 7.73
42 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Jason Richman, David Zabel
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Deja Vu/All In

#12 - Deja Vu/All In

Season 1 - Episode 8

A missing teen seems to have been murdered; a poker player is killed.

star 7.72
17 votes
Writers: Mick Betancourt
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Beaten/Cover Letter

#13 - Beaten/Cover Letter

Season 1 - Episode 14

Fitch, Washington, Stone and Sanchez delve into the boxing world to investigate a woman's death. Her fiancé is preparing for a match against her ex-boyfriend and she was hiding a secret that could have thrown the fight. Longford and Mahajan are forced to face some tough ethical issues if they are to bring a resolution to the cold case they are re-examining. It seems that the victim led two lives, one with his wife and daughter and one with his married lover.

star 7.65
26 votes
Writers: Rob Hanning
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Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier

#14 - Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier

Season 1 - Episode 3

When they investigate a woman's murder, Fitch, Washington, Longford and Mahajan stumble upon something much bigger; a murdered teenager is found along with his severely beaten father, a Vietnam veteran.

star 7.59
26 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Jason Richman, David Zabel
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Legacy/Drag City

#15 - Legacy/Drag City

Season 1 - Episode 15

Mahajan and Longford are in for a few surprises when they investigate a bludgeoning; an ex-con confesses to killing two rivals; a woman from Stone's past complicates his relationship with Sanchez.

star 7.59
20 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Nikki Toscano
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Stone Cold

#16 - Stone Cold

Season 1 - Episode 16

When the detectives investigate the murder of a college student, a former rival of Stone's surfaces as a possible suspect.

star 7.52
22 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Mike Flynn
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Pilot

#17 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Washington and Fitch investigate a double homicide at a pharmacy; Longford and Mahajan try to track down the killer of an attorney who had many enemies; the investigations culminate in a high-speed pursuit.

star 7.47
56 votes
Writers: Jason Richman
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Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential

#18 - Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential

Season 1 - Episode 5

A teenager is killed at the high school Lt. Mason's daughter attends; a prominent defense attorney's son is murdered.

star 7.25
22 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Denitria Harris-Lawrence
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