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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 1995
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: DB Woodside, J.C. MacKenzie, Anthony LaPaglia
  • Summary: Created by Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law), this legal drama was designed to tell a single story over the course of an entire season. After audiences were deterred by the serialization in season one, the series was retooled for its second and final season, whichCreated by Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law), this legal drama was designed to tell a single story over the course of an entire season. After audiences were deterred by the serialization in season one, the series was retooled for its second and final season, which depicted a series of three trials (at about six episodes apiece). The series also switched leads, with Anthony LaPaglia heading the season two cast. Murder One continued to draw low ratings and was canceled. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Feb 2, 2014
    100
    All all indications are that the new version of Murder One will be just as well done, just as riveting as last year's. In the second episode, there are several unexpected twists and turns that will keep you engrossed in the story. [10 Oct 1996, p.5]
  2. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Feb 2, 2014
    91
    Born-again Murder One has what makes a hit: terrific script, slick production, great casting and a charismatic star. [10 Oct 1996, p.1]
  3. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Feb 2, 2014
    90
    This new version of Murder One is not as taut as the original. But it is more focused. And even though it lacks Stanley Tucci and his mesmerizing performance of last season, it has a strong cast and the occasional clever gambit, most notably Ralph Waite, the fine actor still best known as Papa Walton, depicting a subtly menacing power behind the urban scenes. I've seen the first two episodes. I'm hooked.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Feb 2, 2014
    80
    Murder One survived on appeal after approaching cancellation. It makes a great case for itself tonight. [10 Oct 1996, p.8E]
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 12, 2013
    75
    Law & Order has survived drastic cast changes, but can Murder One pull off the same trick? Judging from 'Chapter One' of the second season, the verdict is a definite maybe.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Feb 1, 2014
    60
    So it's up to LaPaglia to assume the mantle of leadership. And talented as he is, he's no Benzali. [10 Oct 1996, p.3C]
  7. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Feb 1, 2014
    20
    Murder One is dead on arrival...The first two episodes this year fail to generate any real interest in who's guilty or innocent. And if that's the case now, the final verdict on this series will be swift and just...If we don't care whodunit, why should wewatchit?

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