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'Murder in the First' a masterful mix of whodunit, characters
'Murder in the First' a masterful mix of whodunit, characters

TNT may be selling the single-case-per-season timeline of its new detective drama, but amid television's recent age of Aquarius, "Murder in the First" stands out mostly for its simplicity. The show, which premieres Monday, investigates a series of murders as its two detectives travel a long and switchback-laced journey from a junkie's dive to the gleaming halls of tech-fueled excess. Let the other shows fiddle with their tonal hemlines, structural silhouettes and genre blends; creators Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal are sticking with the classics, and it's a very good look for summer. The murder investigation is television's brawniest workhorse, and there's a reason — in terms of action,...

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