The First 48 The First 48 , a new A&E series, trails real-life cops during the initial 48 hours of a murder investigation. In Miami, we meet a… The First 48 The First 48 , a new A&E series, trails real-life cops during the initial 48 hours of a murder investigation. In Miami, we meet a… Crime Reality TV A&E
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The First 48

The First 48 | HOURS OF POWER A team of sleuths on ''The First 48''
HOURS OF POWER A team of sleuths on ''The First 48''
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Genres: Crime, Reality TV; Network: A&E

The First 48, a new A&E series, trails real-life cops during the initial 48 hours of a murder investigation. In Miami, we meet a jaded girl who barely blinks when told her ex-boyfriend is dead; we see a criminal's childhood photos and realize he was once a kid in a spotless karate uniform. In Kansas City, Luminol lights up a wall like a bloody galaxy and an officer returns home to a dark house, saying wistfully, ''My last wife -- I loved her very dearly – just needed more love and affection and attention than I could give her.'' Good cops and bad cops play their games; some cases are solved -- others remain baffling. No matter the outcome, the show never wavers from its aching immediacy: A beautiful young music teacher -- ID'd from charred remains found in a Philly park -- joltingly becomes human when her car trunk reveals a girlish scatter of MetroCards, makeup, and gum. ''48'' flies by, but moments along the way linger.

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Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints