The Best Episodes of Murder in the First

Last Updated: May 22, 2019

Set in San Francisco, Steven Bochco's "Murder in the First" will follow a single case across an entire season. The drama centers on homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan as they investigate the murder of an apparent drug addict. The mystery deepens, however, when the victim is found to have a connection to Silicon Valley wunderkind Erich Blunt, the celebrated CEO of a cutting-edge tech firm. The timing couldn’t be worse for Blunt, who is preparing to take his company public. He’s also being sued by a software developer who claims Blunt stole his code for a revolutionary new hologram system.

Number Thirty Nine

#1 - Number Thirty Nine

Season 2 - Episode 12

Terry and Hildy are gloves-off as they race to close in on a murder suspect, while Fatty B lobbies to take Potrero in a new direction. The Trial of Dustin Maker reaches a climactic verdict.

star 7.74
371 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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My Sugar Walls

#2 - My Sugar Walls

Season 2 - Episode 4

Raffi fears Hildy's continued investigation of the grow house murder will blowback on a case of her own. Dustin's defense team enlists the aid of acclaimed attorney Jamie Nelson. When new evidence suggests an inspector was murdered, Terry fears it may be connected to someone within the Hall of Justice.

star 7.70
6 votes
Directors: Michael Mayers
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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Daddy Dearest

#3 - Daddy Dearest

Season 3 - Episode 8

Terry and Hildy struggle to collect evidence against their new number one suspect. Terry attempts to repair his relationship with Hildy. The prosecution comes out swinging with an emotional witness who threatens Siletti’s chances at life on the outside.

star 7.70
3 votes
Writers: Alison Cross
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Punch Drunk

#4 - Punch Drunk

Season 1 - Episode 6

It's six months later, and the whole world is watching as tech genius Erich Blunt is put on trial for the murder of his flight attendant, Cindy Strauss. Meanwhile, Terry decides to start making amends for his behavior after the death of his wife. Hildy begins reconnecting with her ex-husband, Mike, and soon must confront the temptation to rekindle their romance.

star 7.69
415 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Brian Nelson
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Rise of the Phoenix

#5 - Rise of the Phoenix

Season 3 - Episode 9

When a promising new clue is uncovered, Terry and Hildy push forward in hopes of finally solving the Normandy Parker conspiracy. Siletti pulls out all the stops in his crusade against the very system he championed as District Attorney. Hildy’s home life continues to spiral downward as one of her own winds up in the interrogation room.

star 7.68
475 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Ethan Kass
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Normandy Bitch

#6 - Normandy Bitch

Season 3 - Episode 1

Season three kicks off for Homicide Inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan when an all-star quarterback is murdered in the middle of a crowded club in front of his pop star girlfriend. D.A. Mario Siletti and his wife are involved in a tragic car accident that could end his career and his marriage. And an untimely diagnosis threatens Hildy's future.

star 7.65
530 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Steven Bochco, Jonathan Abrahams
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The McCormack Mulligan

#7 - The McCormack Mulligan

Season 2 - Episode 5

The pressure ratchets up on Terry and Hildy to discover who's behind the cop-killings. Jamie comes out swinging, making an unexpected move in her defense of Dustin. Navarro reunites with his brother, who has been recently released from prison. Meanwhile, an anonymous tip gives Raffi a potential connect for her case against Suger.

star 7.60
362 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Robert Munic
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Out of the Shadows

#8 - Out of the Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 8

Junior reveals new details which may finally give Hildy and Terry the upper hand in their investigation, while the Trial of Dustin Maker begins with opening statements. Meanwhile, an unlikely source provides Suger with startling new information regarding his sister.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
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Down Time

#9 - Down Time

Season 2 - Episode 11

Terry and Hildy take a high-ranking officer into custody; Suger faces a new threat to Potrero; Molk uncovers unsettling information about a potential prostitution ring.

star 7.60
5 votes
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Schizofrenzy

#10 - Schizofrenzy

Season 2 - Episode 2

Tensions mount as the manhunt proves to be more difficult than expected. Terry is promoted to acting lieutenant, which he soon discovers comes with responsibilities more taxing than he anticipated.

star 7.54
397 votes
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Nothing but the Truth

#11 - Nothing but the Truth

Season 2 - Episode 10

While Jamie deals with the fallout from her tirade, witnesses begin to take the stand in the case against Dustin; Hildy makes a vow when her family is threatened.

star 7.40
5 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Alison Cross
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Tropic of Cancer

#12 - Tropic of Cancer

Season 3 - Episode 2

As the hunt continues for the prime suspect in the Normandy Parker case, an anonymous tip forces Terry into an officer-involved shooting that sets off public uproar. A desperate Siletti reluctantly hires DUI defense attorney Alfred Arkin but withholds essential trial information. Hildy gets good news for her future, and she and Terry cross a line together.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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Black and Blue

#13 - Black and Blue

Season 3 - Episode 3

Public pressure on Terry and the SFPD continues to rise for the shooting death of an unarmed suspect. Hildy tracks down the fugitive in the Normandy Parker murder. Arkin advises Siletti to reconcile with his wife, as she might be the key to winning -- or losing -- his case.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Eriq La Salle
Writers: Corinne Marrinan
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The Barbers of Seville

#14 - The Barbers of Seville

Season 3 - Episode 4

Disturbing new information about Normandy parker lengthens the list of suspects in his murder. Siletti, fighting for his future, sabotages the D.A. who replaced him. Terry and Hildy face an ultimatum about their secret romance.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Daniel J. Shaw
Writers: Alison Cross
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Follow the Money

#15 - Follow the Money

Season 3 - Episode 5

The murder of a prime suspect in the Normandy Parker case seems to prove Terry's conspiracy theory. Siletti's fragile peace with his family is upended by a ruinous civil lawsuit compounding his legal troubles. And Hildy goes on a date in an attempt to move on from Terry.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Ethan Kass
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Sam I Am

#16 - Sam I Am

Season 3 - Episode 6

Terry and Hildy fear they may have lost a prime suspect to his gangster enemies. Terry is left to question his true feelings when Hildy agrees to another date with Burnside. Siletti prepares for the most crucial trial of his career: his own.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Nicole Rubio
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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Let's Make a Deal

#17 - Let's Make a Deal

Season 3 - Episode 7

While the investigation into the murder of Normandy shifts closer to home, a new murder leads Terry and Hildy to revisit an earlier suspect. The trial of Mario Siletti gets underway as the state Attorney General's prosecutor, hell-bent on putting the District Attorney behind bars, unloads the first witnesses against him. Terry and Hildy face the harsh reality that their roles as partners may prevent their personal happiness.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Corinne Marrinan
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Kat's Meow

#18 - Kat's Meow

Season 3 - Episode 10

In this thrilling season finale, Terry and Hildy race to close one of their most complex cases. A new grisly murder hits close to home for the inspectors. Siletti learns his victory in court comes with a substantial price.

star 7.30
4 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Alison Cross, Corinne Marrinan, Daniele Nathanson, Ethan Kass
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State of the Union

#19 - State of the Union

Season 2 - Episode 7

The truth about Navarro leads Terry and Hildy to Mexico, as an angry Suger prepares for war. Jamie's casework takes her to Pleasantville, and a particularly painful event from Dustin's childhood. Raffi's investigation into Suger takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.20
5 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Eric Lodal
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Who's Your Daddy?

#20 - Who's Your Daddy?

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Inspectors search for clues that might link various suspects, including Erich Blunt, to Cindy Strauss' death. Meanwhile, Hildy is confronted by a young witness from a past investigation who worries for his mother's safety after she is physically abused by her new husband.

star 7.10
12 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Alison Cross
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Oh, Mexico

#21 - Oh, Mexico

Season 2 - Episode 6

Terry and Hildy find themselves investigating people within their own department. Jamie digs into Dustin's past in an effort to better understand his actions. Meanwhile, Suger searches for answers as someone close to him disappears, then makes a shocking discovery.

star 7.00
4 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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Bruja Blanca

#22 - Bruja Blanca

Season 2 - Episode 9

Terry and Hildy's investigation is dealt a lethal setback; Raffi's loyalty is questioned; Suger contemplates the future of Potrero; the stress of the trial takes a toll on Jamie.

star 7.00
4 votes
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Suck My Alibi

#23 - Suck My Alibi

Season 1 - Episode 7

After a key witness in the Cindy Strauss murder case turns up dead, Terry and Hildy set out to find the truth before it undermines the prosecution's case. Meanwhile, Erich Blunt's famed attorney, Warren Daniels, sees this as an opportunity to prove his client's innocence.

star 6.90
12 votes
Directors: Mike Mayers
Writers: Brian Nelson
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Pilot

#24 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

When a junkie is murdered in the Tenderloin district, SFPD detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan are shocked to discover the case may be related to the city's youngest billionaire, tech genius Erich Blunt. But Terry's ability to focus is troubled as his wife battles stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Just as the inspectors begin closing in on the case, Blunt's beautiful flight attendant is found dead.

star 6.90
14 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Eric Lodal
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The City of Sisterly Love

#25 - The City of Sisterly Love

Season 1 - Episode 2

As Inspectors Terry English and Hildy Mulligan begin their investigation into the death of Erich Blunt's flight attendant, Cindy Strauss, Terry must also deal with the recent death of his wife and the arrival of his sister-in-law. The investigation takes an unexpected turn when the results of Cindy's autopsy reveal a shocking secret.

star 6.90
14 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Eric Lodal
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