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Murder One

2 Seasons

Season 2
4.3 out of 5 stars (37) IMDb 8.1/10

Return to the courtroom for a second riveting season as "Murder One" follows three different murder trials from the point of view of the defense attorney. These multi-layered plots, full of intrigue, betrayal and murder, will keep you guessing until the juries hand in their final verdicts.

Starring:
Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden

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1. Chapter 1

Deputy District Attorney Jimmy Wyler joins Hoffman & Associates, and for his first case he defends Sharon Rooney, who was arrested for murdering the governor of California.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: October 10, 1996
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2. Chapter 2

Sharon testifies she was pregnant with Governor Van Allan's child, but he made her have an abortion, while Wyler learns the governor's wife was having an affair of her own.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 17, 1996
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3. Chapter 3

As Sharon continues to insist she is guilty, Wyler feels certain that she is not, and a surprising source offers to pay for Sharon Rooney's defense.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 24, 1996
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4. Chapter 4

Wyler talks to Sharon's husband concerning her confession, then later meets basketball superstar Rickey Latrell, who fears he'll be arrested for the murder of an NBA team owner.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 7, 1996
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5. Chapter 5

Wyler learns another of the governor's affairs ended badly for the woman involved, and Latrell is called in for questioning concerning the murder of team owner Sandy Fortas.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: November 14, 1996
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6. Chapter 6

While Wyler uncovers more connections between the various players involved in the Van Allan murder, Rickey Latrell is arrested and charged with murder.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: November 21, 1996
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7. Chapter 7

Sharon has trouble dealing with the jury's verdict, and an underworld figure already in jail promises to tell Wyler what really happened the night the governor was killed.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: December 5, 1996
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8. Chapter 8

The truth about the governor's murder is finally revealed as Mosley and Docknovich argue over who is best suited to make Rickey Latrell's bail argument.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: December 12, 1996
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9. Chapter 9

While Docknovich and Mosley clash over jury selection for the Latrell case, an agent eager to represent Latrell implies that his current agent has been stealing from clients.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 9, 1997
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10. Chapter 10

Witnesses in the Latrell case portray Rickey as a desperate and possessive man, but later it is Rickey himself who offers up the most damning statement.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: January 16, 1997
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11. Chapter 11

The defense brings forth witnesses attesting to Fortas' disregard for others and then has Rickey testify about how Fortas was blackmailing Rickey's wife.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 23, 1997
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12. Chapter 12

Rickey goes into hiding after a witness testifies that Rickey said he was going to kill Fortas because he was tired of being threatened over gambling debts.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: January 23, 1997
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13. Chapter 13

Wyler defends a serial killer who targeted ex-cons convicted of vicious crimes, and the firm receives bids from Hollywood producers vying for the movie rights.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 25, 1997
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14. Chapter 14

Jury selection for the Banks' trial proves difficult as many of the jurors interviewed feel Banks is a hero for killing murderers who received light sentences for their horrific crimes.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 25, 1997
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15. Chapter 15

Wyler's attempts to protect his client fail after Banks gets permission from the judge to testify on his own behalf and then angrily tells Wyler "You are now at the top of my list."

TV-NR CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 26, 1997
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16. Chapter 16

While Grasso calls forth witnesses who believed Banks' final victim was innocent, Wyler begins to worry whether his client will kill again if he is found innocent and released.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: May 26, 1997
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17. Chapter 17

Banks is released, and as the firm tries to help him, one of their own is shot; Wyler defends a young man accused of killing his 83-year-old girlfriend.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 29, 1997
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18. Chapter 18

Wyler learns murder is often a family affair after a man claims to know who really murdered Tommy Banks and then Mary Beth's killer confesses.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 29, 1997
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By C. Chow on August 15, 2005
Format: DVD
Thank you for setting me straight `Murder One' writer & producer Douglas Palau. I have since edited my review.

When I say that the second season of `Murder One' is arguably the best season of drama in the history of television I say it as a qualified expert. A long time veteran of pretty much EVERY courtroom drama in the last 25 years, `LA Law', `Law & Order', `The Practice', exedra, I can say that `Murder One' stands alone in a whole different universe of suspense.

`Murder One' is so original that I can only compare it as a prelude to `24'. It is the only show I've ever seen that even comes close to `Murder One'.

Like `24' the production quality is like that of a major motion picture, not a weekly prime time drama. The acting also really stands out. To have a great leading actor like Anthony LaPaglia is good. To have an ENTIRE supporting cast as talented as LaPaglia is truly phenomenal!

The other production talents also deserve credit. From the photography, editing, costumes, and set direction everything is perfect.

Again like `24' there are truly stunning narrative hooks.

LaPaglia stars as Jimmy Wilder, a sleazy LA Deputy District Attorney. Sleazy lawyers are the main stay of TV dramas, we've seen them 1000 times before. NOT LIKE JIMMY WILDER YOU HAVEN'T!

Jimmy is denied a promotion to prosecute headlining crimes by the DA running for governor of California. The disgruntled Jimmy boasts, "If you're elected governor I'll kiss your ass in a Macy's window." Imagine Jimmy's shock when he hears on the news the next morning that the current governor has been assassinated. When he arrives for work he discovers that the assassin was caught fleeing the crime scene leaving her roommate's smoking gun behind.
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I gave the first season of Murder One four stars. I give the second season five. This despite the fact that overall, I like the first season better. My only complaint, and it's a big one, is that the resolution of the case we were following throughout the first season was, I found, unsatisfying.

Viewers will have no such experiences with the second season, which improves on the first by following more than one story. In fact, the first two overlap in such a way that the second story begins before the first one ends, and before you know it the second overtakes the first.

The final story aired separately as a miniseries after it was learned the series was canceled. The quality of those last episodes should have filled network executives with regret.

Everything about the second season of Murder One worked. It deserves a look.
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Excellent! The first two fast-paced cases keep your heart racing. The second half of Murder One season Two draws you in and forces you to ponder and contemplate - could I have done what this man did? Would I have repeated and repeated and justified my murders as he did? The touch of wry comedy with the elderly lady and her young spouse-to-be provided a rest for your over-worked heartbeat.

If you enjoy twists and turns; law and order; murder and sanctity, you will enjoy Murder One season Two.
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I remember originally watching season one and thinking "this is the most inspired television ever written." It was also perfectly cast. Daniel Benzali in Season One is pure magic as Ted Hoffman, as is the ever-perfect Stanley Tucci. Season One is like a perfectly choreographed ballet. Season two just couldn't pull it off. At the time, many of us abandoned ship the minute Daniel Benzali was "replaced." Buy Season One and forget Season two. It is indeed, forgettable.
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I will not waste your time exalting the merits of this particular drama series. After the exit of most of the cast from season one, the second year pales in comparison. The elegance and panache disappeared along with the presence of David Benzali and Patricia Clarkson who brought an element of human, family interest to the show. Stanley Tucci was impressive and totally believable as the X factor of the series.Donna Murphy, Dylan Baker and John Fleck were the engines that propelled this vehicle with class and provocative out front, edge of your seat watchability. As ahead of it's time this series was, it's sad that there has been little to equal it. In the second season, the leftover cast from year one was relegated to smaller, stiff, unfeeling roles and I must say that Mr. LaPaglia was merely triple A league compared to Benzali. The storylines were a major stretch and the resolution of each case were equally as hard to digest. I don't know what killed this series, but I believe what I saw presented in season two, had a lot to do with it. The excitement, anticipation and drama was missing as well as the heart of the show, it's great cast and the audience who missed them.
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Season One had all the nitty gritty behind the scenes intrigue and prep for trial. Season 2 cut a lot of that out and had more trials. Both were good.
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This is a great series. Each set tells a complete story and should be viewed in order.of presentation. Great cast and transfer.
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Although not as great as Murder One, Season One, this show has terrific acting performances (especially Anthony LaPaglia and Missy Crider), dramatic story lines, and a tighly woven script. The Season is divided into three cases: the first, a story about a young woman caught in the wrong place at the wrong time; the second, a basketball player accused of having murdered his manager, the third dealing with a self-confessed serial killer. The courtroom drama is particularly terse, and one feels as if one were actually there. I would highly recommend this series to anyone enjoying court room dramas. For those viewers familiar with the TV series "Law and Order" the comparison is apparent.
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