Murder One

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Murder One
Murder One-Cast (1).jpg
Premiere September 19, 1995
Finale May 29, 1997
Creator Steven Bochco
Charles H. Eglee
Channing Gibson
Network ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 2
Episodes 41
Origin USA

Murder One is a relatively short lived crime drama that aired for two seasons on ABC.

The first season was arguably the first mainstream TV show following a single case through all the season's episodes. A young girl, Julie Costello, is found strangled in bed. After a short time, the young TV and movie star Neil Avedon is arrested for her murder. Ted Hoffman (played by Daniel Benzali) from the firm Hoffman and Associates takes on his defense, and the rest of the season follows the defense lawyers' continuing efforts to dig up evidence of Neil's innocence.

The second season saw large changes in the cast—most notably Anthony LaPaglia replaced Daniel Benzali as the leading character of the show. This season followed three murder cases. The show was cancelled at the end of the second season.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Daniel Benzali Theodore Hoffman 1
Anthony LaPaglia Jimmy Wyler 2
Mary McCormack Justine Appleton 1 2
Michael Hayden Chris Docknovich 1 2
J.C. MacKenzie Arnold Spivak 1 2
Grace Phillips Lisa Gillespie 1
D.B. Woodside Aaron Mosely 2
John Fleck Louis Heinsbergen 1 2
Vanessa Williams Lila Marquette 1
Patricia Clarkson Ann Hoffman 1
Barbara Bosson Asst. DA Miriam Grasso 1 2
Gregory Itzin DA Roger Garfield 1 2
Dylan Baker Det. Arthur Polson 1
Kevin Tighe Davy Blalock 1
Stanley Tucci Richard Cross 1
Jason Gedrick Neil Avedon 1
Ralph Waite Malcolm Dietrich 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 19, 1995 April 23, 1996 23
Season Two October 10, 1996 May 29, 1997 18


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season February 8, 2005 6
The Complete Second Season November 15, 2005 5