Murder in the First (TV series)

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Murder in the First
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Steven Bochco
  • Eric Lodal
Production company(s) TNT Original Productions
Original channel TNT
Original release June 9, 2014 (2014-06-09) – present
External links
Official website

Murder in the First is an American detective anthology 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]

On September 12, 2014, TNT renewed Murder in the First for a 12-episode second season, which began on June 8, 2015.[6][7]


In the first season, San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan investigate two seemingly unrelated murders only to learn that both of the victims have ties to Silicon Valley prodigy Erich Blunt.

In the second season, as San Francisco recovers from a deadly school bus massacre, English and Mulligan investigate the death of a fellow officer and uncover a conspiracy within the police force that threatens to shake the city to its core.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[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
  • Ian Anthony Dale as Lieutenant Jim Koto: the squad's no-nonsense supervisor
  • Raphael Sbarge as Inspector David Molk: a philosophizing SFPD homicide inspector
  • Lombardo Boyar as Inspector Edgar Navarro: a dedicated SFPD homicide inspector, Molk's partner
  • Currie Graham as Chief Prosecutor Mario Siletti
  • Mimi Kirkland as Louise Mulligan: Hildy's inquisitive eleven-year-old daughter
  • Laila Robins as Jamie Nelson: a professor of law and a famous criminal defense attorney (season 2)
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sergeant Raphaelle "Raffi" Veracruz: a gang unit and special operations officer who is a veteran of the Israeli Army (season 2)
  • A. J. Buckley as Inspector Marty "Junior" Mulligan: a special operations officer and Hildy's brother, who transfers to Homicide from Vice (season 2)

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Jamie McShane as Justin Burnside: a forensics technician from the Medical Examiner's office.
  • Camille Balsamo as Kami Keefer: the squad's technology expert who has a crush on Hildy Mulligan.
Season 1
  • Tom Felton as Erich Blunt: a young Silicon Valley prodigy and a sociopath who murders his flight attendant.
  • Steven Weber as Bill Wilkerson: long-time friend, driver, and pilot of Erich Blunt.
  • James Cromwell as Warren Daniels: famed defense attorney of Blunt's, recommended by David Hertzberg.
  • Richard Schiff as David Hertzberg: Blunt's personal and corporate attorney.
  • Nicole Ari Parker as District Attorney Jacqueline Perez, who is having an affair with Jim Koto but later resigns due to the affair.
  • Bess Rous as Ivana West: the chief technology officer of Erich Blunt's company and one of Blunt's personal mistresses.
Season 2
  • Mateus Ward as Dustin Maker: one of two high school boys participating in the bus shooting before being captured by the SFPD.
  • Jimmy Bennett as Alfie Rentman: the second boy participating in the shooting, who escapes capture but is later killed.
  • Spencer Garrett as Dr. Frank Rentman: Alfie's father, a psychiatrist who diagnoses Alfie's mental illness.
  • Laura Regan as Mary Rentman: Alfie's mother, who appears to be in denial about Alfie's mental state.
  • Adam O'Byrne as Det. Kaleb Peat: a member of the squad and partner to Walt Martins, who commits suicide after Martin's funeral.
  • Inny Clemons as Det. Walt Martin: a member of the squad, and Peat's partner, who is presumed to be shot by Alfie Rentman, but is later revealed to have been shot by a cop.
  • Mo McRae as Malcom "Sugar" Monroe: the kingpin of an African-American gang, dealing with the accidental death of a member of another gang during an unsanctioned warehouse heist.


Seasons Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 June 14, 2014 (2014-06-14) August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)
2 12 June 8, 2015 (2015-06-08) August 24, 2015 (2015-08-24)

Critical reception[edit]

Murder in the First scored 68 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 20 "generally favorable" reviews.[8] 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".[9]


  1. ^ a b c The Deadline Team (September 19, 2013). "TNT Greenlights Steven Bochco's 'Murder In The First' For Summer 2014". Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 19, 2013). "Steven Bochco's 'Murder in the First' Gets Series Order at TNT". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (September 19, 2013). "Steven Bochco's 'Murder in the First' Greenlit at TNT". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  4. ^ Neale, April (September 20, 2013). "TNT Greenlights New Steven Bochco Drama 'Murder in the First'". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 14, 2014). "TNT to Roll Out 10 Original Series This Summer Including 'Falling Skies', 'The Last Ship', 'Legends' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 12, 2014). "'Murder in the First' Renewed for Second Season by TNT". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Murder in the First : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Murder in the First: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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