The BEST Episodes of The First 48

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Network: A&E

Follows detectives during the hours immediately following a homicide.

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Down and Out / Room for the Night

#1 - Down and Out / Room for the Night

Season 17 - Episode 29 - Aired Aug 4, 2016

Detective Rob Barrere investigates when three men meet in a motel room in New Orleans east, and one of them ends up dead; while in Tulsa, Detective Ronnie Leatherman catches the case of a man stabbed 21 times when a night of drinking ignites a murderous rage.

star 9.36
11 votes
The Breakup/No Good Deed

#2 - The Breakup/No Good Deed

Season 21 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 13, 2020

A young woman in Mobile is found dead behind an abandoned building, and detectives need her boyfriend to help solve the case. A young father's murder case sends Atlanta detectives to the Poconos Mountains in search of his killers.

star 9.00
1 votes
Deadly Gamble/Inside Job

#3 - Deadly Gamble/Inside Job

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 15, 2010

Harris County/Miami - Dep. Mario Quintanilla investigates the murder of a woman shot during a robbery of her illegal game room. Acting on a tip that his suspects are from Central America, Quintanilla races to find them before they can flee the country. And in Miami, Det. Fabio Sanchez heads to Little Haiti to investigate the homicide of two young men shot in their living room. Sanchez must track down a friend of the victims, who was with them before they were shot, to find out what he knows.

star 8.90
29 votes
Desert Bones / Party's Over

#4 - Desert Bones / Party's Over

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 19, 2004

Detectives Dillian and Jewell join forensic anthropologist Laura Fulginiti to determine the identity of a female skeleton found in the desert. And the shooting of a teenager at a high-school party puts Detectives Rodriguez and Kulesa on the trail of a shooter wearing a ski mask.

star 8.73
96 votes
Hit List/Hand in Hand

#5 - Hit List/Hand in Hand

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 25, 2011

In Miami, lead detective TC Cepero investigates the murder of a 20-year-old male, gunned down in the middle of the street in broad daylight. With surveillance video of the suspect and possible witnesses they learn the victim may have been on the killers hit list. Then, in DeKalb County, a 20-year-old man is shot dead while walking his girlfriend home at night. Sergeant Matthew Ferreira and team must work quickly to solve this senseless murder that also left two others injured.

star 8.68
41 votes
15th Anniversary Special: Chain of Death

#6 - 15th Anniversary Special: Chain of Death

Season 21 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2020

To kick off the new season, an anniversary special will bring viewers along as detectives work to solve the murders of two women in Tulsa, Oklahoma who were gunned down in broad daylight. Commemorating 15 years on the air, the two-hour special will also include interviews with some of the most prominent homicide detectives featured in the series to-date as they look back on the some of the most memorable cases of their careers. A young mother and her best friend are gunned down in broad daylight, setting off a chain of events that Tulsa Homicide never could have imagined.

star 8.50
2 votes
Easy Mark

#7 - Easy Mark

Season 21 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 11, 2021

In Tulsa, Okla., detectives investigate the murder of a man with a troubled past, and they uncover a sinister plot.

star 8.50
2 votes
Caught in the Middle

#8 - Caught in the Middle

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 27, 2011

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.

star 8.48
46 votes
Lester Street

#9 - Lester Street

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 17, 2008

Four adults and two children lay dead in was is being called the worst mass murder in 15 years. Detectives scramble for clues and learn the deaths may be gang related. Can detectives locate these killers for before they take anyone else out?

star 8.39
80 votes
Easy Money/Ambushed

#10 - Easy Money/Ambushed

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 11, 2013

In Dallas a young father is shot in the back, but no one wants to talk. Then in Cleveland a brazen corner store stickup leaves an innocent clerk dead

star 8.35
74 votes
Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive

#11 - Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive

Season 13 - Episode 16 - Aired May 30, 2013

In Cleveland, when a teenager is shot down in the street, detectives discover his best friends may have something to do with the murder. In Harris County, a young woman set on fire clings to life as deputies race to find who left her for dead.

star 8.34
91 votes
Wild Ride

#12 - Wild Ride

Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 4, 2013

Cleveland homicide detectives follow a bizarre trail of evidence in the case of a father of five who was stabbed over 50 times.

star 8.34
86 votes
Nightmare in Greedy Grove/Good Man Down

#13 - Nightmare in Greedy Grove/Good Man Down

Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 6, 2012

A drive-by shooting in Dallas leads to the death of an innocent bystander; a young Cleveland father is killed as he attempts to break up a fight.

star 8.24
72 votes
Down a Dark Hallway

#14 - Down a Dark Hallway

Season 21 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 2, 2020

In Tulsa, Okla., detectives struggle to find a lead when a beloved grandfather is gunned down in his home.

star 8.20
5 votes
Smoke Screen/The Last Goodbye

#15 - Smoke Screen/The Last Goodbye

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 4, 2010

A 28-year-old father is stabbed to death while at work; a 35-year-old man is shot to death in a bar bathroom.

star 8.19
63 votes
Blood on the Streets

#16 - Blood on the Streets

Season 12 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

Miami homicide detectives investigating a triple shooting on a crowded bus learn the violence was the result of an escalating street war.

star 8.17
54 votes
Into the Graveyard

#17 - Into the Graveyard

Season 13 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 25, 2013

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.

star 8.15
92 votes
Murder in the Driveway/Double Shooting in the Beans

#18 - Murder in the Driveway/Double Shooting in the Beans

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 21, 2005

In a case of young man shot dead in Little Haiti, Miami Detective Ervens Ford and his team learn the suspected killer is a member of a notorious gang. The team must hunt him down, before he flees the country. And when two teenagers are brutually gunned down in the Pork-n-Beans project, Sgt. Pepi Granado and Det. Freddy Ponce learn there's a witness who saw the murders go down. To solve the case, they must get the witness to reveal what he knows.

star 8.08
48 votes
Cold as Ice

#19 - Cold as Ice

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 23, 2009

The body of a man is found in the snow. Detectives work to find a killer, but first they have to get the friend to tell what she knows.

star 8.06
31 votes
At Death's Door / Wrong Side of the Tracks

#20 - At Death's Door / Wrong Side of the Tracks

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 26, 2004

Miami homicide detective Mayree Morin and her team, who find a man who's been shot assassination-style at least a dozen times, must move fast to find the killer before he slips away. And the murder of a celebrated doctor's son leads veteran detective Ervens Ford and his rookie partner Kevin Ruggiero down a shady path of halfway houses and strip clubs.

star 8.04
73 votes
Hostile Takeover/Shot in the Back

#21 - Hostile Takeover/Shot in the Back

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 20, 2005

In Miami, a young man's body is found next to a high-rise, a victim of an apparent suicide. But the investigation takes a twist when Sgt. Joe Schillaci discovers signs of a struggle on the victim's body. The man was seen with a mysterious woman only hours before his death--but the woman has disappeared. Is she the killer--or yet another victim? Detectives in Dallas find two burned up bodies in opposite sides of town on the same night. The investigation leads to a motel where they find a bloody room and the possible murder scene. Were the two victims killed by the same killer?

star 8.00
74 votes
Fallen/Texas Burning

#22 - Fallen/Texas Burning

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 9, 2005

Just because two victims are found in different places doesn't mean they weren't murdered by the same person and sometimes its hard to distinguish if a suspect is the killer or another victim.

star 8.00
43 votes
John Doe/Night of the Dead

#23 - John Doe/Night of the Dead

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 8, 2010

In Louisville, two detectives are hoping to solve the murder of an unidentified man.

star 8.00
28 votes
Critical Condition/Love Thy Neighbor

#24 - Critical Condition/Love Thy Neighbor

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 29, 2010

In Louisville, KY, a convenience store robbery left a 30-year-old employee in critical condition. And in Harris County TX, Deputies investigate the murder of a man gunned down trying to protect his neighbors who were being robbed.

star 8.00
28 votes
Beatdown/Pistol Whipped

#25 - Beatdown/Pistol Whipped

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 24, 2011

In a bloody convenience store shooting, Birmingham Detective Chris Anderson needs an old surveillance system and cooperation from the victim's mother to help solve the case. When a Miami shooting follows a brutal public attack, Det. TC Cepero and his team try to piece together the turn of events to determine if the murder was justified.

star 8.00
28 votes