The First 48

The BEST episodes of The First 48

Every episode of The First 48 ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The First 48!

Follows detectives during the hours immediately following a homicide.

Last Updated: 11/26/2022Network:A&E
The Devil You Know
1 votes

#1 - The Devil You Know

Season 21 - Episode 45 - Aired 3/25/2021

Mobile Homicide tracks a killer who shot a man in his home, but they learn not everything is what it seems.

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Thick as Thieves
1 votes

#2 - Thick as Thieves

Season 21 - Episode 46 - Aired 4/1/2021

In Mobile, Detective Jermaine Rogers hunts for multiple perpetrators of a home invasion that left two dead.

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Down and Out / Room for the Night
10 votes

#3 - Down and Out / Room for the Night

Season 17 - Episode 29 - Aired 8/4/2016

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.

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Deadly Gamble/Inside Job
29 votes

#4 - Deadly Gamble/Inside Job

Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired 7/15/2010

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.

Desert Bones / Party's Over
81 votes

#5 - Desert Bones / Party's Over

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/19/2004

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.

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3 votes

#6 - Triggered

Season 21 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/27/2020

Detective Ronnie Leatherman returns to Tulsa homicide to investigate the death of a man who crashed his car in a shopping center.

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Lester Street
71 votes

#7 - Lester Street

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/17/2008

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?

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Hit List/Hand in Hand
42 votes

#8 - Hit List/Hand in Hand

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/25/2011

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.

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Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive
83 votes

#9 - Best Laid Plans/Burned Alive

Season 13 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/30/2013

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.

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After Hours/The Cutting Edge
5 votes

#10 - After Hours/The Cutting Edge

Season 20 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/28/2019

In Atlanta, a stranger guns down a new father in a parking lot; in Georgia's Gwinnett County, a man is stabbed more than 20 times when someone he trusts turns against him.

Caught in the Middle
47 votes

#11 - Caught in the Middle

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired 10/27/2011

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.

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Wild Ride
78 votes

#12 - Wild Ride

Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/4/2013

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

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Nightmare in Greedy Grove/Good Man Down
63 votes

#13 - Nightmare in Greedy Grove/Good Man Down

Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/6/2012

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.

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Easy Money/Ambushed
70 votes

#14 - Easy Money/Ambushed

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/11/2013

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

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Smoke Screen/The Last Goodbye
62 votes

#15 - Smoke Screen/The Last Goodbye

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/4/2010

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.

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Into the Graveyard
88 votes

#16 - Into the Graveyard

Season 13 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/25/2013

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.

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Fatal Pickup/Bad Neighbor
76 votes

#17 - Fatal Pickup/Bad Neighbor

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/18/2007

A sixty-one year old man becomes an unlikely suspect when a double shooting takes place. Investigators try to wrap their brains around the tragic murders and the unlikely suspect. A murder victim is found dumped in a park their body full of bullets. As detectives dig deeper into the life of the victim they start to unravel man secrets.

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Brother's Keeper/Fighting Words
89 votes

#18 - Brother's Keeper/Fighting Words

Season 14 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/17/2013

In Cleveland, an innocent man is gunned down in a gang war and Detectives race to find his killers before any more blood is shed. Then, in Dallas, a father is murdered close to home and detectives need his neighbors to give them a lead.

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Murder in the Driveway/Double Shooting in the Beans
35 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/21/2005

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.

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Cold as Ice
31 votes

#20 - Cold as Ice

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 6/23/2009

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.

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Blood on the Streets
50 votes

#21 - Blood on the Streets

Season 12 - Episode 22 - Aired 10/4/2012

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

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Hostile Takeover/Shot in the Back
55 votes

#22 - Hostile Takeover/Shot in the Back

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/2005

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?

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Torn/Gun Crazy
30 votes

#23 - Torn/Gun Crazy

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired 8/11/2009

A love triangle turns deadly, and detectives work to untangle the web. Gun fire erupts in a car leaving one man dead and another injured.

A Serial Killer Calls
84 votes

#24 - A Serial Killer Calls

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/6/2005

Homicide detectives led by Sgt. Doug Niemeier are drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who calls 911 to direct them to bodies he's hidden around Kansas City. Niemeier and his team must race against time to stop the elusive killer before he kills again.

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John Doe/Night of the Dead
28 votes

#25 - John Doe/Night of the Dead

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired 7/8/2010

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

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