The BEST Episodes of The First 48
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 1, 2019
The First 48 follows detectives from around the country during these first critical hours as they race against time to find the suspect. Gritty and fast-paced, it takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life investigations with unprecedented access to crime scenes, autopsies, forensic processing, and interrogations.
#1 - After The First 48: Lester Street
Season 11 - Episode 42
In September of 2010, Jessie Dotson went on trial for one of the worst mass murders in Memphis history. He wasn't accused of killing strangers--he was brother, friend and uncle to the six people he'd allegedly murdered and three surviving children he'd allegedly beaten and stabbed. Even seasoned detectives were horrified by the bloody crime scene. Now, all of Memphis wanted an answer to the same question: How could only one man be responsible for such brutal carnage? (2 hours.)
#2 - Unspeakable Part 2
Season 17 - Episode 29
#3 - After The First 48: The Witness
Season 12 - Episode 49
In Liberty City, Miami a well-liked husband and wife are brutally murdered in an ambush shooting. The eyewitness to the crime is the couple s ten-year-old daughter. She is the only thing linking the suspect to the crime. It s up to her to sway the jurors as she gives an emotional testimony in the hopes of putting her parents killer behind bars.
#4 - After The First 48: Cold and Callous/Wrong Man
Season 12 - Episode 29
In Harris County, Texas, an innocent fifteen year old is heartlessly murdered by another teenager during a robbery. But when witnesses to the crime are shown photos of the killer, they fail to identify him. Will he get away with murder? And in Memphis, Tennessee, an innocent bystander, trying to break up a fight is killed when he is caught in the crossfire. But the more police question the suspect in the shooting, the more he adamantly proclaims his innocence.id the police actually have the wrong man?
#5 - After The First 48: John Doe
Season 12 - Episode 48
An unidentified man is gunned down in the Southside of Louisville, Kentucky. With no ID on the victim and few leads, detectives are stymied. It takes an unexpected tip to crack the case. But if prosecutors hope to convict the man s killer they ll need to convince his three frightened co defendants to testify against him.
#6 - Cold and Callous
Season 11 - Episode 36
In Harris County, Deputy Jason Brown and the homicide unit investigate the cold-blooded murder of a 15-year-old boy who was stripped down and shot during a home invasion.
#7 - Caught in the Middle
Season 11 - Episode 49
In Miami, two men are found beaten and shot behind an abandoned house. As Det. TC Cepero digs deeper into the case he unearths more than one reason the men could have been killed.
#8 - After the First 48: Missing/Deadly Ride
Season 13 - Episode 18
In Harris County, Texas investigators are called to an abandoned SUV, its interior covered in blood. The vehicle's owner, a 20-year-old single mother, is nowhere to be found. The Sheriff's department believes she's been murdered, and her boyfriend is the main suspect--but he's not talking. Thirteen hundred miles away an SUV slams into a house, its driver shot dead behind the wheel. Detectives soon have an ID on his shooter, but he's fled the state, and a manhunt is on.
#9 - After the First 48: Trail of Evidence
Season 13 - Episode 44
In Harris County Texas, a 38-year-old man is stabbed to death in his own home leaving behind two children and his wife. Investigators track down the suspect thanks to surveillance video and some good old fashion detective work. But when the defendant claims self defense, the state must put together a case that will convince the jury the dead man was in fact the victim and not a predator.
#10 - 10 Pounds
Season 9 - Episode 17
In Birmingham, Detective Chris Anderson returns to his childhood neighborhood to investigate the murder of a man killed over ten pounds of marijuana.
#11 - Twist of Fate
Season 9 - Episode 14
In Louisville, a community is outraged when a married couple is gunned down at home in front of their two young children. Det. Kevin Trees and the homicide team hit the streets hoping the community's strong reaction to the killing will trump the neighborhood's long-standing code of silence. Armed with expert interrogation techniques and a polygraph, Trees navigates his way through false leads and deceptive witnesses. As he works his way toward a suspect, the investigation takes a shocking turn.
#12 - Into the Graveyard
Season 13 - Episode 11
In Miami, a family is shattered when two teenage brothers are gunned down in their own backyard. Two surviving friends point Detective TC Cepero and his team in the direction of two desperate and dangerous gunmen on the run. But Cepero will need the community's help to get the brazen killers off the street.
#13 - After The First 48: Fool for Love/Crash
Season 7 - Episode 29
Detective Rick Duggan arrested two suspects for the murder of Leonel Valle. Now the justice system needed to determine which of them was most responsible - the girlfriend, Marsela Cortez, whose fingerprints were found on his empty safe, or her jealous ex-boyfriend, Gerardo Hernandez?
#14 - Murder Rap
Season 13 - Episode 35
When a bullied teen is gunned down, Cleveland Detectives are shocked to discover the motive behind this senseless attack.
#15 - After The First 48: Gun Play/No-Tell Motel
Season 11 - Episode 11
Tucson, Arizona. Sixteen-year-old Derreck Burruss and his friends were walking home when they were confronted by two men. The older of the two pulled a gun and shot Derreck in the chest. Lead Detective Bill Hanson and his team arrested fifteen-year-old Raymond Godoy and his cousin, eighteen-year-old Anthony Encinas, for the crime. Derrecks mother, Lakia Culver, would have to face both men in court. And she would be shocked by the outcome of Godoy's hearing. Next, Dallas, Texas. At 12:45 a.m. on the south side of Dallas three men were shot in front of a hotel. Two of them were rushed to the E.R. and the third lay dead on the pavement. The victim was 22-year-old Ivan Rangel. Rangel's friends told lead detective Phil Harding they didn't recognize the men who shot Ivan. It was Rangel's sister who gave Harding his first lead. Her family had been drumming up information about the murder and she named two suspects. But will one walk without any solid evidence against him?
#16 - After the First 48: Uncommon Valor
Season 13 - Episode 41
A 19-year-old with a criminal past comes face-to-face with a good Samaritan trying to save his friends, and a single gunshot sounds. With the legal system put to the test, will a killer be let loose on the Dallas streets, or spend life behind bars?
#17 - Blackout
Season 7 - Episode 19
Investigators lead a cross country search for the killer of a young man killed during a robbery. With nothing more than street names for their killers to go on, the set out on their manhunt.
#18 - Desert Bones/Party's Over
Season 1 - Episode 9
LOCATION: PHOENIX Detectives Sallie Dillian and Cliff Jewell investigate a female skeleton found in the desert. Along with forensic anthropologist Laura Fulginiti they work to determine who the mystery woman is. At first, they don't even know if she was murdered. But they use the scattered forensic and physical evidence to determine her identity and crack the case. 18-year-old Kenny Smith is shot in the head as a party of hundreds of high school students is breaking up. Because he is not expected to survive, homicide detectives Sandy Rodriguez and Tom Kulesa are called to the scene. Witnesses describe the shooter as a black male in a ski mask. In an intriguing development, there is a report of another non-fatal shooting that took place nearby, where the victim also described the shooter as a black male in a ski mask. Rodriguez and Kulesa must determine if the two events are related, who would have been after Kenny Smith, and why.
#19 - Shattered
Season 12 - Episode 26
An update on the case of an immigrant from Darfur who was shot and killed in his Louisville store during a robbery.
#20 - Abandoned by the Bayou
Season 13 - Episode 49
New Orleans police detectives piece together the last hours in the life of a mother of five, who was found bound and executed in an empty lot.
#21 - Killer Connection/Bloody Birthday
Season 13 - Episode 54
In Dallas, a young father is shot dead outside a bar, and the killer is caught on video. But can detectives find someone to ID him? Then, in Cleveland, a mother of six is gunned down on her birthday, leaving her family devastated and the homicide team desperate to figure out who pulled the trigger.
#22 - Crossroads
Season 18 - Episode 17
In Tulsa, Okla., detectives suspect a random roadside encounter when they find an unidentified cyclist gunned down in the middle of an intersection outside the airport.
#23 - Uncommon Valor
Season 13 - Episode 10
In Dallas, when a good Samaritan is gunned down trying to protect his friends, detectives must unravel a tangled web of bad tips and lies in their hunt for the killer.
#24 - Random Acts & Blunt Force
Season 18 - Episode 16
In Tulsa, a random shooter reveals startling new information on a cold case. In Mobile, a 70-year-old Vietnam vet is found beaten to death in his home where detectives discover cryptic threatening letters.
#25 - Obstruction/Flight Risk
Season 7 - Episode 31
Detectives are called to a shooting that has left a man dead. When a woman shows up to retrieve something from the scene detectives wonder if she knows more than she lets on. A man guns down a mother of two, a witness comes forward to tell detectives the man is headed for Mexico. With the help of the SWAT team, they attempt to cut him off before he can flee.