The First 48 (TV Show)

The First 48 (TV Show)

About The First 48 (TV Show)

The First 48 is an American documentary television series that airs on A&E. Filmed in various cities in the United States, the series offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators. While the cinema-verite series often follows the investigations to their end, it usually focuses on their first 48 hours, hence the title. While most cases are solved within the first 48 hours, some go on days, weeks, or months after the first 48. The shortest investigation was led by Det. Brenda Wescott, who arrested a suspect, just 6 hours into the investigation. In 2006, the series was nominated for a Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award, in the Continuing Series category, by the International Documentary Association, eventually losing out to American Experience. Dion Graham is featured as the narrator, and is the only member of the cast to be in every one of the episodes. As of the August, 2011, end of its 11th season, A&E has aired 180 episodes of the series.