The Best Episodes of Murder in the First

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.

Blunt the Edge

#1 - Blunt the Edge

Season 1 - Episode 10

Terry and Hildy focus on the Kevin Neyers murder and unearth shocking secrets in the Season 1 finale.

star 7.97
393 votes
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Win Some, Lose Some

#2 - Win Some, Lose Some

Season 1 - Episode 8

Erich Blunt's trial comes to a dramatic conclusion. Warren Daniels thinks about calling Blunt to the stand. Terry believes that a previous investigation had some significant holes in it.

star 7.90
385 votes
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Suck My Alibi

#3 - 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 7.78
385 votes
Directors: Mike Mayers
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Down Time

#4 - 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 7.77
340 votes
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Number Thirty Nine

#5 - 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
347 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
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Out of the Shadows

#6 - 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 7.74
340 votes
Directors: David Boyd
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Family Matters

#7 - Family Matters

Season 1 - Episode 9

The aftermath of the Erich Blunt verdict finds the department probing a new death swirling around a drug-addled socialite and her husband. Meanwhile, it's discovered that witnesses from the Kevin Neyers case have recanted their original statements.

star 7.73
384 votes
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Bruja Blanca

#8 - 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 7.73
336 votes
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Daddy Dearest

#9 - 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
420 votes
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Punch Drunk

#10 - 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 7.70
395 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
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Black and Blue

#11 - 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 7.69
459 votes
Directors: Eriq La Salle
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Normandy Bitch

#12 - 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 7.69
498 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
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Rise of the Phoenix

#13 - 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 7.69
456 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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Kat's Meow

#14 - 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 7.66
438 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
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Burning Woman

#15 - Burning Woman

Season 1 - Episode 4

Despite the advice of his lawyer, Warren Daniels, Erich Blunt escapes for a drug-fueled weekend with his adoring CTO, Ivana West. Meanwhile, Terry and Hildy must deal with the repercussions of Hildy's officer involved shooting. As Hildy confronts the prospect of losing her job, Terry works to help his partner get out of trouble.

star 7.66
407 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
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Oh, Mexico

#16 - 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 7.66
341 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
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Who's Your Daddy?

#17 - 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 7.65
436 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
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Tropic of Cancer

#18 - 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 7.65
477 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
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Pants on Fire

#19 - Pants on Fire

Season 1 - Episode 5

To change the world's opinion of him, Erich Blunt takes a lie detector test to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Hildy and Terry discover that a past suspect's alibi does not check out. They must get to the bottom of this before it unravels their case against Blunt.

star 7.64
402 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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Twenty-Fifteen

#20 - Twenty-Fifteen

Season 2 - Episode 1

San Francisco Police Department Detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan are quickly thrust into the middle of a brutal onslaught. San Francisco's finest must work quickly to put an end to the threat.

star 7.63
405 votes
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Nothing but the Truth

#21 - 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 7.62
333 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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The Barbers of Seville

#22 - 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 7.61
465 votes
Directors: Daniel J. Shaw
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The McCormack Mulligan

#23 - 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
346 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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Let's Make a Deal

#24 - 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 7.59
428 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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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 7.58
487 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
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