Cold Justice

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Cold Justice
Cold Justice Logo.jpg
Genre Procedural drama
  • Kelly Siegler
  • Yolanda McClary
Theme music composer Robert ToTeras
Composer(s) Robert ToTeras
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 50 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dick Wolf
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Jane Lipsitz
  • Tom Thayer
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network TNT
Picture format 16:9 HD
Audio format 5.1 Surround
Original release September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) – present
Related shows Cold Justice: Sex Crimes
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Cold Justice is an unscripted procedural drama on TNT. The series, produced by Dick Wolf, premiered on September 3, 2013, and follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they investigate unsolved murders. They only reopen cases with the consent of local law enforcement. As of January 2015, the two have helped local agencies secure 21 arrests, 11 criminal indictments, four confessions, three guilty pleas, and three murder convictions.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Cold Justice scored 66 out of 100 on Metacritic based on five "generally favorable" reviews.[2] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times states, "Although one can be fairly certain, if only for legal reasons, that any suspect shown on television is going to turn out to be guilty of something, the lies that are told, the twists of the legal system and the simple horrible stupidity of the crimes provide drama enough."[3] Brian Lowry of Variety stated, "While some of those made-for-TV encounters feel a little stilted, they do tend to pull you along, wanting to see how the drama plays out."[4] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times states, "The idea that the criminal justice arena also needs a TV show to serve as equalizer is somehow dismaying. Investigative journalism programs have done this for years, but Cold Justice is more ride-to-the-rescue, less public service."[5] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News stated, "There isn’t a lot of drama." He added, "Seeking justice is good. Don't hate us if we don't always watch."[6]


In August 2014, a Gallatin, Tennessee, man filed a defamation lawsuit against the show's producers for implicating and never fully exonerating him in their investigation into the 2010 death of a mother who was suffocated and stabbed inside her home. Joshua Singletary was treated for cuts at the hospital around the time of the murder and arrested as a suspect. He was later released owing to insufficient evidence. According to Singletary, the aired episode ruined his reputation and caused his business to lose customers. He has requested a jury trial and is seeking $100,000 in damages and other compensations.[7]


In October 2014, TNT announced it has green-lit a spin-off of Cold Justice. The new series, titled Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, began on July 31, 2015,[8] and features unsolved sex crimes. Like Cold Justice, it will feature former Harris County, Texas, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O'Neill traveling the United States to help local law enforcement officers close dormant cases. The first season will have 10 episodes.[9]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 9, 2015). "TNT's Real-Life Crime Series 'Cold Justice' Helps Land First Jury Trial Conviction Ahead of Season 3 Premiere". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Cold Justice : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ McNamara, Mary (September 3, 2013). "Review: Solving the unsolvable on TNT's 'Cold Justice'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 29, 2013). "Review: 'Cold Justice, My Big Fat Revenge'". Variety. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (September 2, 2013). "Revisiting the Scenes of Unsolved Crimes". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hinckley, David (September 2, 2013). "'Cold Justice,' TV review". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Tenn. man sues 'Cold Justice' for defamation
  8. ^ "TNT Sets Summer Dates for Last Ship, Major Crimes, Jennifer Beals Drama, Falling Skies' Final Run and More". TV Line. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 22, 2014). "TNT Greenlights 'Cold Justice' Spinoff". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

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