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The First 48 Presents Critical Minutes Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

20 Episodes 2020 - 2021

Episode 1

The Case That Haunts Me 1

Thu, Nov 5, 2020 61 mins

In Memphis, the tragic murder of six people in the same house on Lester Street tears a family apart. In Tulsa, the strange disappearance of a former Navy vet finally provides answers after almost two years. And in Atlanta, the brutal shooting of a young engaged couple on the side of the road haunts investigators.

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Episode 2

Shocking Confessions 1

Thu, Nov 12, 2020 60 mins

In Tulsa, a key witness denies knowing anything about a brutal homicide until confronted with evidence that proves otherwise. In Dallas, a suspect shocks detectives with a confession they didn't see coming. In Atlanta, Detective Quinn has an uphill battle in the interview room with a suspect who appears to be targeting and killing homeless people.

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Episode 3

Women of Homicide 1

Thu, Nov 19, 2020 61 mins

Four female homicide detectives are highlighted in four condensed stories: in Memphis a confrontation turns deadly; in Cincinnati a single mother is torn between work and home; in Tulsa a family dispute takes a dark turn; and in Atlanta an interrogation room interview turns emotional.

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Episode 4

The Case That Haunts Me 2

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 60 mins

A rape-murder case in Atlanta haunts investigators; The police from New York look for the suspects behind the drowning of a couple; A woman from Texas fights for her survival to identify the suspects why she was burned.

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Episode 5


Thu, Dec 10, 2020 60 mins

In New Orleans, a robbery takes a rookie months to unravel; in Phoenix a first time detective with only one clue traces a random fender bender that sparks a horrible turn of events; in Atlanta the new guy tracks the suspects in a drug deal.

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Episode 6

The Chase

Thu, Dec 10, 2020 61 mins

In Tulsa, a shooting in a motel parking lot leads investigators to undertake an undercover operation to capture the suspect; in Tulsa, the investigation into the shooting of a former Marine leads to a dangerous car chase and apprehension.

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Episode 7

Heat of the Moment 1

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 57 mins

A look back is given at three cases that erupted in the heat of the moment. In Kansas City, a confrontation with a baseball bat escalates to murder. Then, in Harris County, a man's Easter visit with his ex-wife turns deadly. And in Atlanta, a mother watches in horror as her family is destroyed in a flash of violence.

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Episode 8

Caught on Camera 1

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 61 mins

Three memorable cases featuring surveillance video are highlighted: in Cleveland, Ohio a robbery leaves an innocent man dead at the shop where he worked; in Dallas, an encounter on an elevator seals the shocking fate of a woman heading home for the day; and in Memphis, revenge is served in video surveillance that tells a misleading story.

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Episode 9

Wrong Place Wrong Time

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 61 mins

A barber from Tulsa gets caught in the crossfire between two gangs; A man was killed by a burglar during lunch time in Atlanta; An old woman pays the price after opening her home in Dallas; A mother from Miami was killed just after losing her home and her job.

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Episode 10

Caught on Camera 2

Thu, Jan 14, 2021 60 mins

In Tulsa, multiple cameras help crack open a case; in Atlanta, a key witness provides a crucial lead after seeing surveillance footage of the suspect on the news.

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Episode 11

In Broad Daylight

Thu, Jan 21, 2021 60 mins

Three cases that took place in broad daylight are featured: in New Orleans, a night out ends with a deadly morning after a random encounter; in Tulsa, an argument over a cell phone escalates into a double homicide; and in Birmingham, a lovers' breakup goes very wrong in a public park.

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Episode 12

Shocking Twists

Thu, Jan 28, 2021 60 mins

In Kansas City, detectives discovered two women in an abandoned garage. They had no idea how big the case would turn out to be. In Dallas, investigators used a surprising clue to bring their killers to justice. And in Miami, one marina is linked to two murders that share a shocking connection.

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Episode 13

Fatal Friendship

Thu, Feb 4, 2021 60 mins

Three cases are highlighted that feature stories of friendship gone wrong: in New Orleans close friends fight over money and one of them ends up dead; in Broward County, Florida, an elderly man makes a fatal mistake with some new friends; and in Dallas, childhood friends have a wild night that ends in tragedy.

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Episode 14

The Case That Haunts Me 3

Thu, Feb 11, 2021 60 mins

In Tucson, Ariz., a homeless woman is brutally gutted under a highway underpass; the suspect's motive haunts investigators; in Tulsa, Okla., the shooting of a man sets off a chain of events unlike anything Tulsa Homicide has ever seen.

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Episode 15

Wrong Place Wrong Time 2

Thu, Feb 18, 2021 60 mins

In Memphis, a man is killed when he tries to break up a fight. Then, in Miami, a well-intended kid is shot at a nightclub. And in Tulsa, a young woman loses her life for something she had nothing to do with.

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Episode 16

The Case That Haunts Me 4

Thu, Feb 25, 2021 60 mins

This episode looks back at three cases that stayed with detectives. In Dallas, a man is dismembered, burned and dumped in a lake. Then, in Tulsa, two kids find their mother dead in her car. And in Dallas, two friends are found burned in a car.

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Episode 17

Heat of the Moment 2

Wed, Apr 28, 2021 61 mins

Three cases are highlighted from The First 48 archive that feature stories with Women Detectives. In Atlanta, Detective Summer Benton investigates a deadly dispute between roommates; in Rochester, Investigator Terry Dearcop breaks open the case of a husband's murder; and in Birmingham, Detective Cynthia Morrow must sort through varying versions of how a drug deal went bad.

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Episode 18

Women of Homicide 2

Thu, Jun 3, 2021 61 mins

In Atlanta, Detective Summer Benton investigates a deadly dispute between roommates; in Rochester, Investigator Terry Dearcop breaks open the case of a husband's murder; and in Birmingham, Detective Cynthia Morrow must sort through varying versions of how a drug deal went bad.

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Episode 19

Shocking Confessions 2

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 61 mins

In Miami, a Thanksgiving interrogation takes a surprising turn; in Tulsa, an argument among a group of friends becomes violent and none of their stories match up; and in Dallas, childhood buddies turn on each other and the truth eventually is revealed.

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Episode 20

A Family Affair

Thu, Jun 17, 2021 61 mins

In Cleveland, a family is torn apart when a beloved uncle is killed by his own flesh and blood. Then, in Tulsa, when a young man disappears and is believed to be dead, detectives face a family's code of silence. And in Mobile, Detective Rogers is shocked when he arrives at a crime scene to find one of his own relatives is the victim.

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