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The First 48

15 Seasons

Season 12
4.8 out of 5 stars (131) IMDb 8.3/10

Gritty, fast-paced and one of the most-watched nonfiction investigative series on cable, The First 48 continues to take viewers behind the scenes of real-life investigations with unprecedented access to crime scenes, autopsies, forensic processing and interrogations.

Starring:
Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

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Season 12

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1. Brother's Bread / Into the Woods

In Louisville, Det. Kristen Downs responds to the killing of a man shot while answering his door. Before he died he told his fianc e who did it, but his declaration leaves more questions than answers. Then in Harris County, TX, neighbors find a teenage girl in the woods, shot dead. The case takes a turn when the trail of clues leads Dep. James Cassidy to one of the victim's friends.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 30, 2011
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2. Stolen Lives / Family Bonds

Miami detective, Fabio Sanchez and the homicide team investigate the murder of a man stabbed in the street. In Dekalb County, Georgia, shots are fired in broad daylight on a residential street, leaving one teenage boy dead and another critically injured.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 7, 2011

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3. Burning Rage / Fallen Soldier

Birmingham Detective Warren Cotton investigates the murder of three family members, including a 12-year-old girl, who were stabbed to death in their home and then burned. In Miami, Detective Ricardo John and his team are working the shooting of a young man who has been a witness in several previous homicide investigations.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 14, 2011
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4. Last Words / Nowhere To Hide

In Birmingham, a 49-year-old man is beaten and shot in the middle of a housing complex in broad daylight. In a community where no one wants to be seen as "snitching," finding someone to come forward with information will be Det. Chris Anderson's biggest challenge. In DeKalb County, lead detective Chris Franklin investigates the murder of an 18-year-old male, gunned down in an apartment complex.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 18, 2011

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5. Hit List / Hand In Hand

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. in DeKalb County, a 20-year-old man is shot dead while walking his girlfriend home at night.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 25, 2011

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6. No Return / Dangerous Game

In Harris County, a family man is shot down in his driveway. With no motive or witnesses lead investigator Deputy Juan Viramontes hopes a clue found on the victim's car can lead to the killer. And in Miami, as a family settles in for the night, gunshots erupt in their front yard. A startled mother walks outside and discovers her son shot dead.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: September 1, 2011
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7. Love Her Madly / Off Track

In Miami, the Homicide Unit responds to a scene to find the 911 caller covered in blood and a 35-year-old woman brutally stabbed. And in DeKalb County, Det. Joe Renaud and his team are working the shooting murder of a 22-year-old man. With no witnesses, the team hopes piecing together the last hours of the victim's life can lead them to the killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 8, 2011
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8. Blood Alley / Bad Deal

In a quiet suburb of Birmingham, AL an unidentified man is found dead in an alley--the victim of a hit and run. On the scene detectives find a piece of the car that ran over the victim. In DeKalb County, a 24-year-old man is shot to death in his apartment during a drug deal. When a canvas provides no clues detectives turn to the victim's cell phone to point them in the direction of the killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 13, 2011
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9. The Chase / One Shot

In Harris County, Deputy Abraham Alanis is working the homicide of a 69-year-old Navy veteran. When Alanis' first big break, surveillance video of the potential perpetrator, fails to show the suspect's face, investigators take a closer at the footage and notice something big--a small detail in the video, could be a huge break for the case.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 20, 2011
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10. Caught In The Middle

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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: October 27, 2011
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11. Pointless/Set Up

In Birmingham, Detective Chris Anderson investigates the gruesome murder of a woman who is shot to death and then set on fire. Anderson hunts down his suspects, but it's the victim's family that reveals a final, disturbing twist in the case. In DeKalb County, Detective Joe Renaud is working the homicide of a father of four, gunned down outside an apartment complex on the east side of town.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: December 8, 2011
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12. Love Kills / Justified

In Miami, Detectives Anthony Reyes and Manny Castillo investigate a man shot dead on a residential street. The case takes a turn when they learn that the house he was found in front of is where his ex-girlfriend lives. Then in Birmingham, a gunfight at a gas station leaves one man dead.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 15, 2011

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13. Ultimate Price

In Miami, a good Samaritan is shot dead while intervening in a robbery. Det. TC Cepero is forced to resort to a needle-in-a-haystack search for the getaway car, and for the homeless woman who may have seen the killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 5, 2012
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14. Hot Lot / Blind Faith

In Birmingham, Lead Det. Henry Lucas and the Birmingham Homicide Team are trying to solve the mystery of how a young man ended up shot in the back in the middle of a scrap yard. With no witnesses, Lucas hopes the victim's friends can lead him to the killer. In DeKalb County, Lead Det. Lynn Shuler and the Major Felony Unit are called to a motel where a woman has been found dead.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 19, 2012
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By My New Screenname TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2013
If you're already a fan of the First 48, you'll LOVE it in HD. Not familiar with it? Well, it's just about the best "Reality Show" out there.

Basically, you follow an actual homicide investigation from the initial 911 call to the paramedic response, family interviews, crime scene investigation, witness canvassing, suspect interrogations, all the way to the jailhouse door. Detectives need to nail down as many leads as possible in the critical first 48 hours after a murder; otherwise, evidence, cooperating witnesses, and suspects begin to disappear.

Gallons of coffee. Trips through the fast food drive-through. Triple lattes. Cafe Cubano. Cartons of cigarettes. Sleepless nights and days as the homicide detectives track down the guilty.

The more you watch, the more you'll learn. You'll also get to know the homicide teams in Miami, Houston, Louisville, and Birmingham just a little bit better in Season 12. Team dynamics are interesting to me; I really enjoy watching the detectives work together to solve their cases. Since this series follows specific teams in various cities, you really do get to "know" each detective quite well.

If you're so inclined, I'd really recommend getting a book on body language to enhance your enjoyment of the show; you'll quickly catch on to what the detectives are keying in on in their suspect interrogations and the suspects' "tells" (like sleeping in the room, hiding in their shirts, leaning forward, leaning back, palm wipes, eye shading, etc.). My recommendation is retired FBI agent Joe Navarro's What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People.
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I cannot get enough of this show. I DVR it every chance I get, I watch it on Amazon Prime, and I watch it online when I don't have access to a TV. Other people must like it too bec I was in an airport recently on a layover and was watching it on my laptop and before I knew it there were 6 or 8 people behind me also watching it!! We were all commenting and talking about the characters, etc., sure made the time go by faster! I do wish that Amazon would be a little more consistent on the availability of the episodes/seasons that are free to members. Currently, only seasons 11 and 12 are free to members which makes no sense at all. Do they draw straws? Anyhow, LOVE The First 48 - definitely NOT a scripted show (like STORAGE WARS!!).
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From the first call that they receive until the first detective arrives they take us through each step of solving the crime. A good show for anyone wanting to learn, be careful to do the right things in order to stay out of jail.
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Good series, interesting to watch true cases and see results of the "bad guys" put away. Pretty sad how many people don't want to get involved in catching someone who murdered a friend or neighbor.
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This is one of my favorite series of all time; though at times short on procedural (police) details at times, it still manages to capture the attention and tell compelling true life stories that are at once heart touching & heart breaking.
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I love the first 48 First seen it on A&E been hook on it. You never knew what a detective go threw.
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'The First 48' offers an interesting view of psychological profiling. The emphasis is not on sensationalism but the efforts to find the offenders. Included are personal aspects of both the victims and perpetrators. This is the second of the two seasons offered on Amazon Prime. Since this is a TV series, there is repetition (noted in another review) that allows time for commercials. Note that this is an A&E Network production and is a better quality than other productions in this genre. Most episodes involve two different criminal investigations and others address a single incident. The episodes take place in different cities and feature homicide detectives from that area. Emotions run the gamut from tragic to humorous. The narrator gives a description and an explanation that is easy to follow. If you like this genre, the portrayal and cases are well presented. The name is derived from that 48 hour window after an investigation begins. Each episode ends with this quote: ". . . presumed innocent until proven guilty." The 'presumed' means not 'proven' or not 'solved.' There are not always 'complete answers.' If you want 'absolutes,' this series will be disappointing.

One might wonder at the seemingly endless availability and types of firearms used. Knives and other means of murder? The choice of weapon offers an interesting insight into human behavior and emotion.

Dekalb County, Georgia _ When a twelve year old boy is shot, the detective comments: "Seems like nowadays things are settled with knives and guns."
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I know that it is the law--but doesn't it seem that the guilty ones are also the only ones that clam up and ask for a lawyer. I guess this is now the litmus test for criminals. 'Cause if you ain't got nothin to hide ya prob don't need a solicitor.
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