The BEST Episodes of Detroit 1-8-7

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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 Da

Shelter

#1 - Shelter

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 2010

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 8.29
240 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: David Zabel
Home Invasion/Drive By

#2 - Home Invasion/Drive By

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 30, 2010

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 8.13
210 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Ice Man/Malibu

#3 - Ice Man/Malibu

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 4, 2011

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 8.10
323 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Byron Balasco
Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop

#4 - Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 2010

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 8.10
212 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Byron Balasco
Key to the City

#5 - Key to the City

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 11, 2011

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

star 8.02
267 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nikki Toscano
Road to Nowhere

#6 - Road to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 1, 2011

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 8.02
265 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Andrew Fash
Lost Child/Murder 101

#7 - Lost Child/Murder 101

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 26, 2010

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 7.90
236 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jason Richman, Nikki Toscano
Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier

#8 - Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 2010

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 7.70
352 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: David Zabel, Jason Richman
Blackout

#9 - Blackout

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 20, 2011

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

star 7.66
241 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Jason Richman
Motor City Blues

#10 - Motor City Blues

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 15, 2011

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 7.66
210 votes
Directors: David Zabel
Writers: David Zabel
Broken Engagement/Trashman

#11 - Broken Engagement/Trashman

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 2010

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 7.63
236 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Rob Hanning
Local Hero/Overboard

#12 - Local Hero/Overboard

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 2010

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

star 7.53
449 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: David Zabel, Jason Richman
Deja Vu/All In

#13 - Deja Vu/All In

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 16, 2010

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

star 7.44
235 votes
Writers: Mick Betancourt
Beaten/Cover Letter

#14 - Beaten/Cover Letter

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 8, 2011

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 7.43
297 votes
Writers: Rob Hanning
Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential

#15 - Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 2010

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

star 7.40
267 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Stone Cold

#16 - Stone Cold

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 8, 2011

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

star 7.33
240 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Mike Flynn
Legacy/Drag City

#17 - Legacy/Drag City

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 2011

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 7.23
265 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Nikki Toscano
Pilot

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2010

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 7.23
518 votes
Writers: Jason Richman