The BEST episodes of Detroit 1-8-7

Every episode of Detroit 1-8-7 ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Detroit 1-8-7!

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; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch's new partner; Detective Ariana Sanchez; Narcotics undercover cop John Stone who is teamed with Sanchez; Sergeant Jesse Longford and his partner, Detective Aman Mahajan and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work.

Last Updated: 5/20/2023Network:ABC (US)
237 votes

#1 - Shelter

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/7/2010

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.

Directors: David Straiton
Writer: David Zabel
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Ice Man/Malibu
320 votes

#2 - Ice Man/Malibu

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/4/2011

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.

Directors: Paul A. Edwards
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Home Invasion/Drive By
208 votes

#3 - Home Invasion/Drive By

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/30/2010

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.

Directors: Kevin Hooks
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Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop
210 votes

#4 - Royal Bubbles/Needle Drop

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/12/2010

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.

Directors: Dean White
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Key to the City
264 votes

#5 - Key to the City

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/11/2011

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

Directors: Seith Mann
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Road to Nowhere
261 votes

#6 - Road to Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/1/2011

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

Directors: Matthew Penn
Writer: Andrew Fash
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Lost Child/Murder 101
235 votes

#7 - Lost Child/Murder 101

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/2010

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.

Directors: Paul McCrane
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Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier
352 votes

#8 - Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/2010

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.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
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237 votes

#9 - Blackout

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/20/2011

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

Directors: Kevin Hooks
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Motor City Blues
208 votes

#10 - Motor City Blues

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/15/2011

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

Directors: David Zabel
Writer: David Zabel
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Broken Engagement/Trashman
235 votes

#11 - Broken Engagement/Trashman

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/2010

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.

Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writer: Rob Hanning
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Local Hero/Overboard
446 votes

#12 - Local Hero/Overboard

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/2010

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

Directors: Kevin Hooks
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Beaten/Cover Letter
293 votes

#13 - Beaten/Cover Letter

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/8/2011

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.

Directors: Andrew Bernstein
Writer: Rob Hanning
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Deja Vu/All In
234 votes

#14 - Deja Vu/All In

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/2010

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

Directors: Jean de Segonzac
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Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential
265 votes

#15 - Murder in Greektown/High School Confidential

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/19/2010

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

Directors: Nick Gomez
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Stone Cold
239 votes

#16 - Stone Cold

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/8/2011

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

Directors: Darnell Martin
Writer: Mike Flynn
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512 votes

#17 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/21/2010

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.

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Legacy/Drag City
263 votes

#18 - Legacy/Drag City

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/15/2011

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.

Directors: Dean White
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