When it comes to cracking homicide cases, investigators everywhere will tell you that the first two days after a crime is committed are the most crucial. The devil is always in the details, and in most cases, the details are incredibly time-sensitive in The First 48.
Since 2004, this A&E series dives deep into real-life homicide cases in one or more cities covering the ins and outs of the crime. Each episode showcases not only the investigators and criminals but eyewitness and advanced investigative techniques used to identify suspects and solve cold cases. It’s one of cable’s most addictive true crime shows and has been going strong since it premiered in 2004.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream The First 48.
What is The First 48?
The series offers viewers an inside look into the world of homicide investigation. The name comes “the first 48 hours” which investigators say is the most crucial time period in crime-solving. However, it’s not uncommon for cases to go unsolved for weeks, months, years, and even decades.
- Launched: August 2004
- Channel: A&E
- Genre: True crime documentary
- Seasons: 19
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Where to stream The First 48
There are a number of ways to get access to A&E and stream The First 48 and other A&E shows live.
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