Homicide: Second Shift

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Homicide: Second Shift was an Internet web series presented in a static script/comic book format (there was no streaming video) that tied into the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street. The web-show started 21 February 1997.[1] The show featured detectives of the homicide squad that worked the second shift, after the television detectives went home for the day. Several of the characters from Homicide: Second Shift had cameos on Homicide: Life on the Street, and the show had one story crossover with the television show.

The on-air/online crossover—the first such crossover for NBC.[2]—was a three-part story-line. “Homicide.com”, a season 7 episode Homicide: Life on the Street, was the middle part of the crossover with Homicide: Second Shift. Though the television episode was self-contained, parts one and three which were online only provided expanded context for the story.[3]


Character Portrayed by Character Role
Walter F. Neal Joe Grifasi Lieutenant
Raymonda "Ray" Cutler Allison Janney Detective
Layton "Lee" Johnson Ray Anthony Thomas Detective
Tony Bonaventura Michael Ornstein Detective
Joe Landau Josh Pais Detective
L. Z. Austin Murphy Guyer Detective


  1. ^ Craig, Jeff (1997-02-23). "Homicide's second shift on net". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  2. ^ Zurawik, David (1999-02-05). "‘Homicide’ in cyberspace". Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Josh (1999-02-05). "Life on the Web. 'Homicide' welcomes its website cast to the show -- a first step in NBC's plans to nab TV defectors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-09-27.