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Murder One 2 Seasons 1996

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (83) IMDb 8/10

Serialized law drama which follows a single case for an entire season, intricately exploring every facet of a scandalous, high-profile trial until a verdict is reached.

Starring:
Daniel Benzali, Mary McCormack
Original air date:
April 23, 1996

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Season 1

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1. Chapter 1

Hoffman & Associates takes on hot new case.

CC TV-NR September 19, 1995 45 minutes
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2. Chapter 2

Hoffman defends second man for Jessica's murder.

CC TV-NR September 26, 1995 46 minutes
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3. Chapter 3

Jessica's diary is turned over to Hoffman.

CC TV-NR October 3, 1995 46 minutes
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4. Chapter 4

Neil Avedon takes a polygraph test.

CC TV-NR October 12, 1995 46 minutes
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5. Chapter 5

Julie's life may be in danger.

CC TV-NR October 19, 1995 46 minutes
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6. Chapter 6

Julie overdoses on drugs prescribed by Dr. Lester.

CC TV-NR November 2, 1995 46 minutes
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7. Chapter 7

Hoffman questions a nurse about call from Neil Avedon.

CC TV-NR November 9, 1995 46 minutes
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8. Chapter 8

Julie meets another of Dr. Lester's female patients.

CC TV-NR November 16, 1995 46 minutes
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9. Chapter 9

Hoffman is convinced that Cross is manipulating the trial.

CC TV-NR January 1, 1995 46 minutes
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10. Chapter 10

Hoffman faces a dangerous fan of Avedon.

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11. Chapter 11

Hoffman becomes more suspicious of Cross

CC TV-NR January 15, 1996 46 minutes
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12. Chapter 12

A member of Hoffman's family is abducted.

CC TV-NR January 22, 1996 46 minutes
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13. Chapter 13

Elizabeth identifies her abductor.

CC TV-NR February 5, 1996 47 minutes
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14. Chapter 14

Evidence comes to light proving Richard Cross lied.

CC TV-NR February 12, 1996 46 minutes
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15. Chapter 15

The murder trial is halted.

CC TV-NR February 19, 1996 47 minutes
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16. Chapter 16

Hoffman is stunned when Julie takes the stand.

CC TV-NR March 4, 1996 45 minutes
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17. Chapter 17

A connection is uncovered between Cross and Dr. Lester's nurse.

CC TV-NR March 11, 1996 47 minutes
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18. Chapter 18

Hoffman learns of Justine's involvement with Cross.

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19. Chapter 19

Cross acts strangely on the witness stand.

CC TV-NR April 1, 1996 47 minutes
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20. Chapter 20

Justine discovers the cause of Cross' erratic behavior.

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21. Chapter 21

Hoffman searches for a missing tape of the murders.

CC TV-NR April 22, 1996 46 minutes
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22. Chapter 22

Hoffman races to track down Cross.

CC TV-NR April 22, 1996 45 minutes
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23. Chapter 23

The missing tape is discovered.

CC TV-NR April 23, 1996 45 minutes
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Format: DVD
TV Guide hailed Murder One as 'The Best Show You're Not Watching' mid first-season, and, believe me, they were right.

The premise of Murder One is simple enough; to take you, step by step, through a sensational murder trial. A series of twists and turns within the first four episodes leads to the arrest of drug-addicted movie star Neil Avadon who turns to his former lawyer Ted Hoffman for help.

The show takes you through the entire trial, from jury selection to the verdict and beyond. Each episode reveals more about the case itself, about the young victim Jessica Costello, and the tragic life she led up until her murder. The defendent, Neil, has no memory of the night she died and doesn't even know himself if he's innocent or guilty.

Ted Hoffman and Associates, the law firm at the center of the trial, is staffed with brilliant attorneys who passionately fight for Neil and their other clients with an exuberance and passion seldom seen in present-day law shows. They actually *care*, and through them you will, too. I'd love to tell you more, to detail the fascinating and brilliant plot twists and revelations that you'll journey through watching this show, but to do so would spoil the incredible experience of seeing it yourself, from episode one to the end.

This show first aired when I was eleven years old. Ten years later I still vividly remember it as one of the best, most well-written and riveting dramas I've ever had the pleasure of seeing.
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I had given up all hope of seeing this show on DVD. Murder One is one of a number of shows that was killed by inept network executives. It seemed to change timeslots on a monthly basis, got preempted by ABC frequently, and finally disappeared for weeks before the network decided to air the final slate of season one episodes. As a result, most of America missed this fantastic show.

Muder One's hook was the fact that, unlike most legal dramas that do a case or two a week, the entire season dealt with a single sensational Hollywood murder trial. Jason Gedrick, late of the also excellent and abandoned Boomtown, starred as Neil Avadon, a Hollywood celebrity accused of murder. Daniel Benzali does fantastic work as the lead defense attorney (he got so fed up with the network's interference that he left the show after this season) but the real powerhouse performance is from Stanley Tucci as the shady and manipulative Richard Cross.

The final handful of episodes, dealing with the resolution of the trial, got enough ratings to warrant the network's renewal of the show for a second year, but pressure from the executives forced a change in the show's one-story-per-season format.

This is an overlooked gem of a show that deserves a second life on home video. You won't be sorry if you give it a chance.
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There's something I don't get about television shows on DVD. I fully understand why they release so many different series. Two of the benchmarks of the evolution of TV shows on DVD occurred when they started to release "Star Trek' (in its many permutations) and "The Simpsons" on DVD. Selling phenomenally well, they created a new revenue stream for these shows. Considering that both play consistently and constantly in syndication, it seems all the more remarkable that someone would pay $35 (and up) for a boxed set of a complete season. But pay it they do. "The Simpsons - Season 1" is still one of the top selling DVD sets ever, followed by the other seasons. Fox quickly ramped up production on these DVD sets and started to include more and more extras for subsequent releases. "The Simpsons - Season 6" is due to be released on DVD on August 16, 2005. The cancelled series "Family Guy" sold so many DVDs Fox decided to bring it back, creating new shows. So, I get the reason they release TV series on DVD. Some of them are a cash cow.

What I don't get is why people are willing to buy anything released. I can see the reason behind watching something that was, say, cancelled ("Firefly", "The Lone Gunmen"), on cable ("The Sopranos", "Deadwood") or is no longer in syndication. But why would someone buy a DVD box set of "Survivor"? Once you've seen it, why do you need to see it again? You know who won. Or "The Mole"? Or "Too Close For Comfort"? "The Dukes of Hazard"? And many more. There is a place for classic comedies like "I Love Lucy", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Simpsons" or "Seinfeld". These are classics and consistently make us laugh. "Alf"? Come on. Who needs that?

A recent DVD release, falling into the "Cancelled" category, is Steven Bochco's "Murder One".
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Having watched every episode of Murder One I can tell you it was interesting and well concieved. It profiles a single sensational murder trial and the events surrounding it. The acting is terrific and the story is captivating including a great finale. I compare it to the first season of NYPD Blue - one of the best single seasons of all time. The problem with the show when it aired live was that people couldn't get into it after missing several episodes. Now with the DVD anyone can sit down and watch it at their own pace.
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