The BEST Episodes of Murder in the First

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Network: TNT (US)

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.

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Down Time

#1 - Down Time

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 17, 2015

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 7.71
525 votes
Out of the Shadows

#2 - Out of the Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 27, 2015

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 7.70
518 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
Daddy Dearest

#3 - Daddy Dearest

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

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 7.69
541 votes
Writers: Alison Cross
Black and Blue

#4 - Black and Blue

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 10, 2016

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 7.60
612 votes
Directors: Eriq La Salle
Writers: Corinne Marrinan
Rise of the Phoenix

#5 - Rise of the Phoenix

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 28, 2016

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 7.60
606 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Ethan Kass
Kat's Meow

#6 - Kat's Meow

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 4, 2016

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 7.59
590 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Alison Cross, Corinne Marrinan, Daniele Nathanson, Ethan Kass
Number Thirty Nine

#7 - Number Thirty Nine

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 24, 2015

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 7.58
532 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
My Sugar Walls

#8 - My Sugar Walls

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 29, 2015

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 7.58
541 votes
Directors: Michael Mayers
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams
Bruja Blanca

#9 - Bruja Blanca

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 3, 2015

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 7.57
486 votes
Nothing but the Truth

#10 - Nothing but the Truth

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 10, 2015

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 7.55
518 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Alison Cross
Tropic of Cancer

#11 - Tropic of Cancer

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 3, 2016

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 7.55
640 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
Normandy Bitch

#12 - Normandy Bitch

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 26, 2016

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 7.55
692 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Jonathan Abrahams, Steven Bochco
The Barbers of Seville

#13 - The Barbers of Seville

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 17, 2016

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 7.53
619 votes
Directors: Daniel J. Shaw
Writers: Alison Cross
The McCormack Mulligan

#14 - The McCormack Mulligan

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 6, 2015

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 7.52
491 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Robert Munic
Let's Make a Deal

#15 - Let's Make a Deal

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 14, 2016

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 7.52
579 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Corinne Marrinan
Follow the Money

#16 - Follow the Money

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 24, 2016

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 7.51
613 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Ethan Kass
Sam I Am

#17 - Sam I Am

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 31, 2016

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 7.49
600 votes
Directors: Nicole Rubio
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
Oh, Mexico

#18 - Oh, Mexico

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 13, 2015

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 7.49
489 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
Blunt the Edge

#19 - Blunt the Edge

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2014

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

star 7.46
693 votes
State of the Union

#20 - State of the Union

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 20, 2015

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 7.44
538 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Eric Lodal
Punch Drunk

#21 - Punch Drunk

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 14, 2014

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 7.43
750 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Brian Nelson
Who's Your Daddy?

#22 - Who's Your Daddy?

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 23, 2014

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 7.39
833 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Alison Cross
Suck My Alibi

#23 - Suck My Alibi

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 21, 2014

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 7.35
769 votes
Directors: Mike Mayers
Writers: Brian Nelson
Family Matters

#24 - Family Matters

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 4, 2014

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 7.34
718 votes
Win Some, Lose Some

#25 - Win Some, Lose Some

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2014

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 7.31
717 votes