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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: The entire season of the Steven Bochco police drama follows the investigation by San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) of two murders that may be linked.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 6, 2014
    83
    Murder in the First looks to have sturdy underpinnings. Bochco at this point has been around too long to learn entirely new tricks. Still, this is easily his best new series since NYPD Blue tried to break molds more than two decades ago.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 9, 2014
    80
    Like most of the best cable shows, Murder in the First strips the production and the cast down to the essentials, then executes them well.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 9, 2014
    80
    Murder in the First, a masterfully paced balance of tricky whodunit and character development, seems to have benefited from both Bochco's hits and the misses, as well as the cable-led experimentation with shorter seasons.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 6, 2014
    75
    Good, cleanly told newcomer that can be a bit pokey.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    The previewed hours establish the series as crisp and watchable, while perhaps shrewdly shifting and expanding the earlier show’s lens from defense attorneys to the detectives assigned the case.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 9, 2014
    60
    The characters may be shallow, but that doesn’t keep the show from giving the easy pleasures of reading a quickie mystery novel. And a few of the actors are entertaining despite the limitations of the script.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 11, 2014
    40
    That no one acts in a manner remotely plausible during Murder in the First, regarding either the law or human life, will have viewers feeling like they're just being moved through the system.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    10
    A compelling and intriguing crime thriller with very layered lead characters. Taye Diggs gives it his all, in some of his best acting yet. Very reminiscent of the similar '90s Steven Bochco legal thriller, 'MURDER ONE'. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2014
    10
    Taye Diggs has never been better, but the entire cast shines.The plot takes some unexpected twists and thankfully does not fall into formulaic traps of a CSI or SVU. Much as we love those shows, who can't predict what will happen next.. Let's hope TNT renews this one. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    10
    not too many shows I get interested in, but this is one I really enjoyed. Taye Diggs is an good actor. I think the show was a nice change from the rest of the police series. Expand
  4. Aug 12, 2014
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a disappointment. It had nowhere to go and it found its target. I knew they had a second recorder I quess I should have a computer company. Oh NO. Expand
  5. Jul 10, 2014
    3
    I am finding that many of these single-story-all-season shows reflect lazy writing rather than a complex plot requiring time to work out the details. I was expecting great things when I heard that Bochco was back. So far -- so disappointing. I just watched a courtroom scene (episode 3, I think) in which the always excellent Richard Schiff had to perform the most ridiculous bail argument imaginable. Soon after the equally excellent James Cromwell struggled through a ridiculously written scene with Schiff and Tom Felton. There is very-close-to-zero believability in the writing in this series. Please Mr. Bochco. Start paying attention. Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2014
    3
    I have grown to love CBS crime shows because they wrap up in one episode--often with one, longer running story throughout many episodes (think The Mentalist)--but Murder in the First is quite the opposite of CBS crime dramas! I was very much looking forward to another Bochco drama but am sorely disappointed that it comes off as almost a bit "soap opera like." I am already saying to myself, "enough already--solve the case--enough enough with the birthday parties, the home lives of the actors, etc. I want a good whodunit, and Murder...certainly isn't that!" I was a great fan of The Closer and never miss Major Crimes. I know Steven Bochco can do better! Even if Erich Blunt didn't do it, does anybody really care enough about the egotistical narcissist to care if he's convicted? And the show's hung its hat solely on us caring about justice for him? LOL Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    0
    Not worth watching. The writing is so bad and disjointed I didn't even make it through the pilot. Normally I don't write reviews, but couldn't help it cause this TV show makes no sense. Expand

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