Murder One : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 1995
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
99

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Let's get this out of the way. Last fall's best new drama and this fall's best new drama have one thing in common: a 15-year-old girl. [18 Sept 1995, p.43]
  2. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    There's not a shred of a doubt in my mind, however, that Murder One is twice the drama "ER" is and that viewers who climb aboard the latest effort from Steven Bochco and company are in for a hell of a ride. [18 Sept 1995, p.68]
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Instead of trying to run on the fumes of style and attitude, a la "Twin Peaks," Murder One, at least in its premiere, has high octane in its tank. Boasting a tough, savvy script and the cast to handle it, the episode moves at a relentless pace from the discovery of the murder to Cross being charged with it. Along the way it establishes--or at least whets the viewer's appetite for more of--an intriguing assemblage of themes and characters. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Calling Steven Bochco's Murder One the best new series of the season is too easy and over-understated. The episode airing tonight on ABC is one of the classiest, best-written and most assured dramatic pilots ever seen on television, and next week's installment, "Chapter Two," is nearly as good. This is super-gripping, diamond-bright, edge-of-your-couch TV.
  5. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    In theory and practice, Murder One is everything that's best about TV. [19 Sept 1995, p.1D]
  6. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    TV's most magnetic, compelling new leading actor in years, Benzali is unusual in the medium because he knows that understatement can carry more impact than shouting and scenery chewing. [19 Sept 1995, p.E-1]
  7. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Murder One is shrewdly constructed, quickly absorbing and absolutely first-rate - the best new show of fall...Terrifically scripted and perfectly cast, the show gets its biggest lift from the shaven-headed Benzali, whose brilliant performance as the principled, supremely confident Hoffman could be the best advertisement for defense attorneys since Clarence Darrow. [19 Sept 1995, p.9E]
  8. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    After so many iffy premises and shoddy pilots, what a joy to relax in the hands of a master...Two seasons ago, Steven Bochco created the best drama on TV, ABC's ''NYPD Blue.'' This season, he gives ABC -- and us -- a show that could challenge for that title, the seamlessly superlative Murder One. [19 Sept 1995, p.D1]
  9. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Ron Miller
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Murder One is a giant step above the other new fall attractions and proof again that Bochco is America's most experienced chef when it comes to cooking up irresistible adult drama. [19 Sept 1995, p.1D]
  10. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Murder One is, hands down, the season's best new series. Others may be scarier or funnier, but tonight's pilot demonstrates that Murder One is an intense expression of television art.
  11. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Adult, hard-hitting and tough-talking, Murder One represents the apex of TV series production. Everything is first-rate, from the writing and acting to the photography and music.
  12. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    If its premiere epitomizes what's ahead, Steven Bochco's intense legal drama Murder One will be the best new series of the fall season. Period. Case closed. Jury dismissed with thanks...With "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue" already heading his resume, Murder One is quintessential Bochco, a well-acted, smartly written, meticulously presented hour that turns the law inside out while telling a good story that makes you feel like you're spying on these people through a peephole. Created by Bochco, Charles H. Eglee and Channing Gibson, it has that irresistible thing that identifies a series as a creative success: You can't wait for it to return.
  13. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Murder One is by far the best new drama of the season, a sensational and intelligent combination of grit, mystery and conflict. [19 Sept 1995, p.E1]
  14. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    I've seen only the first hour and I'm hooked...Murder One looks vastly entertaining. [19 Sept 1995]
  15. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Steven Bochco's daring legal serial is the most exciting and innovative new drama since "ER." It's a fictional variation of the O. J. Simpson trial.
  16. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    None of the fall's 41 other rookies looks capable of playing in the same league...The premiere episode is a knockout. [19 Sept 1995, p.1C]
  17. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    Daniel Benzali is terrific as Theodore Hoffman, the big L.A. defense lawyer, and he's backed by a fine ensemble, including the young hungries of his firm...If you want to see TV series drama as good as it gets this year, this is it. [19 Sept 1995, p.1]
  18. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 29, 2014
    100
    As with all Bochco series, the writing and intricacy of the characters sets apart Murder One. The show deals in shades of gray that ultimately may work to the series' detriment commercially but nevertheless are dramatically riveting. [19 Sept 1995]
  19. Baltimore Sun
    Jan 28, 2014
    100
    By far the best new drama of the TV season...Murder One is profound, brilliant, mesmerizing and scary. [19 Sept 1995, p.1E]
  20. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jan 28, 2014
    100
    Murder One succeeds because it doesn't pander to you, nor does it demean you. The issues illuminated by the show challenge and entertain you. [19 Sept 1995, p.37]
  21. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    100
    The first case in this innovative series is terrific. [18 Sep 1995]
  22. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 26, 2013
    100
    Stylish and well-acted, this is the rare show in which commercials hit with a jolt, awakening you from the program's potent spell.
  23. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 11, 2013
    100
    There's a lot to love about Murder One, bless its parodically sleazy, shrewdly opportunistic, talent-engorged heart.
  24. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jan 29, 2014
    90
    If you appreciate challenging, intellectually stimulating drama, this is it...My advice: Watch, absorb, and don't panic if you don't catch every nuance. You'll have time - 23 episodes. [19 Sept 1995, p.6D]
  25. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jan 29, 2014
    80
    It's by no means assured that American viewers will commit themselves to what is, in effect, a very long mini-series with no tidy wrap-ups each week. But Murder One sets the stage skillfully for what promises to be the television equivalent of an absorbing excursion into a good Mary Higgins Clark mystery. I wouldn't dream of missing, at the very least, the next few episodes.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 30, 2015
    10
    AMAZING!!!!! Watched this series when it first came out on TV. Ordered it as box set discs to watch again, just concluded yesterday SundayAMAZING!!!!! Watched this series when it first came out on TV. Ordered it as box set discs to watch again, just concluded yesterday Sunday March 29th.
    Beautifully filmed, I agree with Daniel Belzani - what a hunk! The dark and the light shots, make it mesmeric. Keeps you gripped from first scene - the twists and the turns - the court time - the time in the practice. You are enveloped from the word go - is it him, is it her. We did not guess right. We did not want it to end. Wish it was still going. It is far superior to nearly everything in the crime/law genre. What do we do now - nothing like it?
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  2. Jan 29, 2014
    10
    One of my all-time favorite TV seasons. This is the kind of thing that would be on HBO, FX, or AMC if it were released these days. Benzali isOne of my all-time favorite TV seasons. This is the kind of thing that would be on HBO, FX, or AMC if it were released these days. Benzali is a bad-ass, and the writing is rock solid. Full Review »
  3. Jun 16, 2016
    6
    It has its moments, but TV has come a long way since the mid 90s. While the character of Richard Cross is engaging, much of the plot is notIt has its moments, but TV has come a long way since the mid 90s. While the character of Richard Cross is engaging, much of the plot is not much more than soap opera. Definitely watchable, but there are much better options. Full Review »