From today's New York Times:
When a series follows one murder investigation for an entire season, the conceit can sometimes look like a European refinement. “Broadchurch,” “Spiral” and “The Fall” are just a notable few of the many imported shows that proved so broodingly intense that it sometimes seemed as if networks and basic cable here could never catch up.
“Murder in the First,” a new TNT series that begins Monday, might therefore seem like a belated imitation. But this 10-episode series is actually a direct descendant of “Murder One,” a 1995 ABC show by Steven Bochco that was a beloved breakthrough, even though it lasted only two seasons.
And while this new show is not as innovative as its predecessor, it is, in its own way, similarly well paced and compelling. There aren’t a lot of smart, occult-free crime thrillers this summer, and that makes “Murder in the First” all the more enjoyable.
“Murder in the First” doesn’t really find its groove until the second episode. [more]