A young father is murdered in his Cleveland home; a teen is gunned down in Dallas. The cities chosen for The First 48 can seem somewhat random. Direct quotes from past or present detectives regarding their The First 48 experiences are rare, but what little exists is largely positive. A judge rejected the motion but conceded that the show did complicate the case. A man is gunned down in his home and an investigation reveals his wife possesses a darks secret. A 2016 study by The New York Times of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook likes found that The First 48 "has a classic Black Belt audience pattern. You can find Detective Summer Benton, seen in a number of Atlanta episodes, as well as Detectives Jenny Luke and Jennifer Mitsch from Cincinnati episodes on the short-lived Investigation Discovery program Inside Homicide. The series was nominated for a Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award in the Continuing Series category by the International Documentary Association, eventually losing to PBS' American Experience. Questions still remain as to whether releasing the footage is of prejudicial benefit or detriment to the defendant's case, and whether depriving the defendant of the footage doesn't also violate the right to a fair and speedy trial. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! The CW Winter 2021 Premiere Date Schedule: What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on October 29, Here's What's New to Stream in November on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney+, and More, How to Watch the 2020 Presidential Election Results. A former producer for the show gave a Reddit AMA and explained that filming carries on as normal for their ride-along and, once officers have completed their interviews, production staff ask people caught on camera if they are willing to sign a waiver permitting their faces to be shown unobscured. Each episode picks one or more homicides in different cities, covering each alternately, showing how detectives use forensic evidence, witness interviews, and other advanced investigative techniques to identify suspects. Participating police departments are, by and large, perfectly happy with this arrangement and consider it a good public service to help citizens understand homicide investigation more deeply. It's a difficult and dangerous job, and including the extra liability of a film crew in tow makes it even more complicated. The more prominent ones are subsequently asked to appear on other shows on different networks as interviewees and even jumpstart their own programs as a second career. Memphis' city council, for example, grew nervous about the show portraying the city as dangerous and pulled their support over the department chief's objections. The officer who killed Aiyana was first charged with involuntary manslaughter; this charge and all lesser misdemeanors were eventually dropped due to multiple mistrials. Two friends are found murdered in the trunk of a car in Dallas. It's obvious enough why many physical documents are obscured, such as driver's licenses or addresses on mail, but why not people? Alternatively, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fans may realize Graham is also the man behind Lieutenant Felix Iresso. 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Detective Chris Anderson, a main personality in Birmingham episodes, retired from the prestigious Crime Reduction Team in 2016 and announced in 2017 that he was headlining a new Investigation Discovery program called Reasonable Doubt with an attorney out of Los Angeles. The First 48 is billed as reality TV, which is absolutely true, but it perhaps earns that descriptor a little more thoroughly and with more visceral consequences than your average episode of The Bachelor. While most cases are solved within the first 48 hours, some go on days, weeks, months or even years after the first 48. None of the officers portrayed in The First 48 are paid, nor do their departments receive any compensation (though you will, on occasion, see little bits of First 48 production swag on officers' desks, like hats, stickers, or water bottles).