Murder in the First (TV series)

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Murder in the First
Format Serial drama
Created by Steven Bochco
Eric Lodal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s) TNT Original Productions
Original channel TNT
Original run June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09) – present
External links
Official website

Murder in the First is an American detective drama television series that airs on TNT. The series was created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, and stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.[1][2][3][4] Set in San Francisco, the show follows a single case across an entire season.[1] TNT ordered 10 episodes on September 19, 2013,[1] which premiered on June 9, 2014.[5]


San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan investigate what originally appear to be two unrelated murders. Ultimately, they learn both victims have ties to Silicon Valley prodigy Erich Blunt.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Taye Diggs as Inspector Terry English: an SFPD homicide detective coping with the death of his terminally ill wife
  • Kathleen Robertson as Inspector Hildy Mulligan: an SFPD homicide detective and single mother
  • Nicole Ari Parker as District Attorney Sonia Perez
  • Currie Graham as Chief Prosecutor Mario Seletti
  • Steven Weber as Bill Wilkerson: long-time friend, driver, and pilot of Erich Blunt
  • Tom Felton as Erich Blunt: a young Silicon Valley prodigy
  • James Cromwell as Warren Daniels: famed defense attorney of Blunt's, recommended by Hertzberg
  • Richard Schiff as David Hertzberg: Blunt's personal and corporate attorney
  • Mimi Kirkland as Louise Mulligan: Hildy's inquisitive six-year-old daughter
  • Raphael Sbarge as Inspector David Molk: a philosophizing SFPD homicide inspector, Navarro's partner
  • Lombardo Boyar as Inspector Edgar Navarro: A dedicated SFPD homicide inspector, Molk's partner
  • Ian Anthony Dale as Lieutenant Jim Koto: the squad's no-nonsense supervisor
  • Bess Rous as Ivana West: the chief technology officer of Blunt's company

Critical reception[edit]

Murder in the First scored 68 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 20 "generally favorable" reviews.[6] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes currently reports a 73% "certified fresh" critics rating with an average rating of 6.8/10 based on 22 reviews. The website consensus reads: "Murder in the First fits happily into the over-arcing [sic] season-long murder mystery mold, offering pleasurably typical twists and natural, attention-grabbing characters".[7]


No. Title Director Writer Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Thomas Schlamme Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Eric Lodal
June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09) 3.76[8]
English and Mulligan are assigned the case of a man shot in a drug den in the Tenderloin district, leaving behind an iPad with an email to Blunt. The parents of the victim's long-dead girlfriend tell them that Blunt is actually their grandson. English brings his wife home for hospice care, where she dies. The detectives find a likely suspect for the shooting, Chris Walton (Charles Baker), a drug dealer with a violent history identified as being at the scene. They question him about who might have hired him; he lawyers up and then insults Mulligan, whereupon English beats him. The flight attendant on Blunt's private plane—whom Blunt fired during her last flight, though he planned to take her back—is found dead in her home, naked, having fallen or been pushed down the stairs.
2 "The City of Sisterly Love" Jesse Bochco Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Eric Lodal
June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16) 2.90[9]
The medical examiner determines that Cindy, the flight attendant, was definitely a homicide, was two months pregnant, and had oral sex with a man (who could potentially be identified by DNA) within an hour of her death. The detectives bring in her ex-husband Mark, who has an alibi, and question Wilkerson, the pilot of the plane, who discovered her body. They surreptitiously obtain DNA samples from both. Walton takes a plea, but English is convinced the two homicides both involving Blunt must be linked. Against his lawyer's advice, Blunt appears for questioning by English and Mulligan, who play bad cop and good cop respectively. With his lawyer and English out of the room, Blunt tells Mulligan that although he is innocent, he has the resources to defeat any attempt at prosecuting him. Later he invites her to an off-duty romantic dinner, after which she kisses him, thus obtaining his DNA sample.
3 "Who's Your Daddy" Rick Wallace Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Alison Cross
June 23, 2014 (2014-06-23) 2.65[10]
Evidence begins to mount against Blunt: lab tests show a high probability he is both the father of Cindy's unborn child and the source of the semen in her mouth, and Molk's acquaintance Anna reveals to him that Blunt drugged and raped her, nearly choking her, some five years ago. The medical examiner is confident off the record that Cindy died at 8:30 p.m., though he can only testify to a range from 8:00 to midnight; a text came from Cindy's phone to Wilkerson at 9:00 but the detectives learn about ways this could have been faked by a technical expert like Blunt. Blunt reconsiders his strategy and hires famed defense attorney Warren Daniels. The boy who helped locate Walton finds Mulligan and tells her that his mother is in danger from her boyfriend. Later D-Hop, the boy, phones to say that an attack is in progress. Mulligan goes to the address and kills the boyfriend when he comes at her with a knife. She is placed on administrative leave for ten days. A drug dealer named Milan tells English that Blunt is an expert in krav maga; with heavy backup, English arrests him for the murder at his dojo.
4 "Burning Woman" Ben Bolt Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Alison Cross
June 30, 2014 (2014-06-30) 2.49[11]
Blunt is released on $10M bail, but soon violates the conditions of his bond by flying to the Burning Man festival, where he is photographed. The judge revokes his bail and returns him to custody, and Daniels withdraws from his case. Before that, Milan reports that Blunt has arranged a drug buy, but when English stakes out the location he is met instead by Blunt's employee Salter, English's former SFPD boss. At her hearing on the shooting, Mulligan finds D-Hop's mother represented by an unscrupulous lawyer and misrepresenting the circumstances in the hope of winning a wrongful death suit. After English talks to D-Hop and Mulligan talks to her mother (with both detectives risking charges of witness tampering), the mother recants and Mulligan is both exonerated and returned to duty. At a dinner at Mulligan's house to celebrate, English and Mulligan share a kiss, but he leaves before things go further.
5 "Pants on Fire" Allison Anders Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: David Maples
July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07) 2.55[12]
Despite his lack of criminal experience, David takes over Blunt's defense. He meets with the mayor, and soon after the judge recuses himself and David is able to get the new judge to reinstate Blunt's bond. Salter leads the detectives to surveillance tapes destroying Mark's original alibi for the night of the murder, but his new story of a spontaneous tryst in a car is confirmed by his partner. When Blunt begs Daniels to return to the case, he gives Blunt a polygraph test and then agrees when he passes. Wilkerson's wife leaves him and serves him with divorce papers; he finds her with Blunt's help, and learns that she has somehow acquired a video of him having sex with Cindy. After an awkward discussion of the kiss with English, Mulligan returns home to find Blunt on her doorstep, asking for a date after his case is resolved.
6 "Punch Drunk"[13] Reggie Hudlin Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Brian Nelson
July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14) TBA
7 "Suck My Alibi"[14] Mike Mayers Story by: Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal
Teleplay by: Brian Nelson
July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21) TBA
8 "Win Some, Lose Some"[15] TBA TBA July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28) TBA
9 "Family Matters"[16] TBA TBA August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)[15] TBA
10 "Blunt the Edge"[16] TBA TBA August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)[15] TBA


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