Homicide Hunter

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Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda.jpg
Also known as Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
Genre Documentary
Presented by Joseph P. Kenda
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 62
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Thomas Cutler (ID)
  • Stephen Land (Jupiter)
  • Todd Moss (Jupiter)
  • Erich Sturm (Jupiter)
  • Jason Sklaver (ITV)
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Jupiter Entertainment
(Seasons 2-present)
ITV Studios
(Season 1)
Release
Original network Investigation Discovery
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25) – present
External links
Website

Homicide Hunter (also known as Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda) is an American documentary television series showcasing the career of retired Colorado Springs police detective Joseph Kenda. Kenda was born August 28, 1946 in Herminie, Pennsylvania. He was a homicide investigator for 19 years and the show is based on his past cases which take place in Colorado Springs at the Colorado Springs Police Department. It debuted October 25, 2011 on Investigation Discovery[1] and has been renewed for a sixth season expanded to 20 shows.

Premise[edit]

In each episode, Kenda recounts a murder investigation on which he worked, going from the 911 call to the final resolution of the case. Through re-enactments, discussions with investigation teams, and interviews with victims' families and other involved persons, the show highlights Kenda's successes with his 400 homicide case history and 92 percent solution rate.[2] Kenda and an unseen voiceover professional handle the narration. Actor Carl Marino portrays Kenda in the re-enactments.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 6 October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25) November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)
2 10 October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
3 13 October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24)
4 13 August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19) November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)
5 20 August 18, 2015 (2015-08-18) February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Into Thin Air" October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)
2 2 "Six Feet Under" November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)
3 3 "A Killer Always Rings Twice" November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)
4 4 "Everybody Lies" November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)
5 5 "Secret Life" November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)
6 6 "Chance Encounter" November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
7 1 "I Now Pronounce You Dead" October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)
8 2 "A Gathering of Evil" October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
9 3 "Last Call for Murder" October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
10 4 "The Spy Who Killed Me" October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)
11 5 "Slaughterhouse Six" November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
12 6 "Drive Thru Murder" November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)
13 7 "Primal Fear" November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)
14 8 "A Beautiful Shade of Death" November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)
15 9 "Shot Through the Heart" December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)
16 10 "Mr. Violence" December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)

Season 3 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
17 1 "Murder Bites" October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)
18 2 "River of Blood" October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
19 3 "Weapon of Choice" October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)
20 4 "Run For Your Life" October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)
21 5 "Murder in a Bottle" October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
22 6 "Preying on the Innocent" November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)
23 7 "Dead Man Falling" November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)
24 8 "Blood Red Highway" November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)
25 9 "My, My, Merry Christmas" November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)
26 10 "Death Rains Down" December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)
27 11 "Fate Worse Than Death" December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)
28 12 "Razor's Edge" December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
29 13 "Blood Sisters" December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24)

Season 4 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
30 1 "Eyes Wide Shut" August 19, 2014 (2014-08-19)
31 2 "Death Comes Knocking" August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)
32 3 "Bad Things Come in Threes" September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)
33 4 "Death Grip" September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)
34 5 "Poker Face" September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)
35 6 "Blood Innocence" September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)
36 7 "Snitch" October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)
37 8 "The Master Key" October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)
38 9 "#1 Suspect" October 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)
39 10 "Magic Bullet" October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)
40 11 "A Prayer for the Dying" November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)
41 12 "Bump in the Night" November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11)
42 13 "My First Case" November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)

Season 5 (2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
43 1 "Bad Blood" August 18, 2015 (2015-08-18)
44 2 "Eye of the Beholder" August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)
45 3 "Dead on Target" September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01)
46 4 "Dead Weight" September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08)
47 5 "Door No. 12" September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)
48 6 "Loose Cannon" September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22)
49 7 "Mr. LA" October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)
50 8 "Blood on the Tracks" October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
51 9 "Victim Zero" October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)
52 10 "Pop Goes the Witness" November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)
53 11 "Too Young to Die" November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10)
54 12 "Sing Sing, Little Bird" November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17)
55 13 "Point of No Return" December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
56 14 "Trust No One" December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)
57 15 "Worst I've Ever Seen" December 15, 2015 (2015-12-15)
58 16 "Murder Haunts Me" January 5, 2016 (2016-01-05)
59 17 "City of Fear" January 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)
60 18 "My Case to Solve" January 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)
61 19 "Stuck in a Coffin" January 26, 2016 (2016-01-26)
62 20 "My Tortured Soul" February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)

Ratings[edit]

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Investigation Discovery had its best night ever for Homicide Hunter, delivering 1.3 million viewers. This ranked number eight in ad-supported cable programs.[4]

Continuing to skyrocket, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Investigation Discovery shattered network records with the season 5 premiere, delivering 3.8 million viewers and making it a top five cable program in its time period.[5]

As of 2015, Homicide Hunter now airs in 183 countries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Through a Detective's Eyes, Investigation Discovery Explores the Cases That Still Haunt Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda". The Futon Critic. September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Crooks, Pete. "Exclusive Interview: Meet The Homicide Hunter". diablomag.com. Diablo Magazine. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ lacasting.com,Carl Marino Resume
  4. ^ "Friday, November 15th, 2013 - Cynopsis MediaCynopsis Media". Cynopsis.com. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Ratings". The Futon Critic.