The First 48

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The First 48
Premiere July 3, 2004
Airs Thursdays at 8PM
Network A&E
Style 60-minute reality documentary
Company Granada America
(seasons 1–8),
ITV Studios America
(seasons 9—)
Seasons 18
Episodes 397 + 13 specials (through season 17)
Status Currently airing season 18
Origin USA

The First 48 is a documentary series about the real life world of crime investigation. Instead of glorifying it, The First 48 lets the viewers see the difficulty of investigation and the dedication required on the part of the investigators. The show's name derives from the belief that the first 48 hours are the most important in criminal investigation.

Contents

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
A&E
Season One June 3, 2004 November 18, 2004 13
Season Two January 6, 2005 August 11, 2005 13
Season Three October 6, 2005 March 2, 2006 12
Season Four June 15, 2006 January 11, 2007 20
Season Five January 18, 2007 May 31, 2007 12
Season Six June 21, 2007 December 6, 2007 18
Season Seven January 10, 2008 May 29, 2008 29 + 2
Season Eight January 1, 2009 April 23, 2009 13 + 2
Season Nine June 16, 2009 September 15, 2009 10 + 2
Season Ten January 14, 2010 August 19, 2010 25 + 7
Season Eleven September 30, 2010 August 18, 2011 43
Season Twelve December 8, 2011 December 20, 2012 43
Season Thirteen March 7, 2013 May 29, 2014 36
Season Fourteen June 19, 2014 May 21, 2015 29
Season Fifteen November 5, 2015 September 5, 2016 30
Season Sixteen December 1, 2016 August 3, 2017 22
Season Seventeen October 19, 2017 November 13, 2018 29
Season Eighteen January 10, 2019

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
'Best Of' Collections
The Most Intense Investigations December 19, 2006 2

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