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The First 48

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:27 am    Post subject: The First 48 Reply with quote

As many of you know, Homicide: Life on the Street, is my all-time favorite television series. I've been unable to find a comparable series since it went off the air in 1999. Homicide wasn't just another cop-show, but rather a character-based drama that explored the lives of Baltimore homicide detectives.

We've recently discovered a documentary series on A&E, called The First 48. The name comes from the theory (fact?) that if a homicide is not solved within the first 48 hours of the crime, the case quickly becomes cold. The series follows real homicide detectives (sometimes from Memphis, TN; sometimes from Dallas, TX) during the first 48 hours of their investigations of real homicides. We are shown real witness interviews, legal obstacles, detective's inter-personal relationships, etc. This is really a riveting, gripping glimpse into the surrealistic lives of these detectives. It reveals their humanity in that some calloused detectives handle certain cases somewhat flippantly, while others put their hearts into the case. In either instance, each detective takes the job quite seriously and their voracity to close the case is evident. The motive for closing the case seems dependant on the personality of the detective. Some want to "get the killer" in the interest of justice, while others seem interested in improving his/her closure rate. This is absolutely great television! If you haven't seen it, check it out on A&E.
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