Murder One

ABC (ended 1997)
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  • Theodore Hoffman is a prominent defense attorney in a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. After successfully defending the wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a lurid murder trial, he is now involved in the defense of Neil Avedon. Neil is a famous young actor who has had severe drug and alcohol problems and was subsequently charged with the murder, after Cross was exonerated. This single case will run an entire television season (interspersed with bits from other cases that the firm is involved in).moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Chapter Eighteen, Year Two

    Aired 5/29/97

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    Chapter Eighteen

    Aired 5/29/97

  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Chapter Seventeen

    Aired 5/29/97

  • S 2 : Ep 17

    Chapter Seventeen, Year Two

    Aired 5/29/97

  • S 2 : Ep 16

    Chapter Sixteen, Year Two

    Aired 5/26/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gregory Itzin

    Roger Garfield

  • Stanley Tucci

    Richard Cross (Season 1)

  • Patricia Clarkson

    Annie Hoffman (Season 1)

  • Anthony LaPaglia

    Jimmy Wyler (Season 2)

  • Dylan Baker

    Arthur Polson (Season 1)

  • Top Contributor
  • francklloyd

    User Score: 533


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (64)

    • Hoffman: Do you think anyone in this bar believes you've got a full head of hair? We all know that's a comb-over. But till you get so obnoxious you forfeit your right to civil treatment, no one here points it out. Think of the trial system like that. We know accused people aren't always innocent. Maybe not even usually innocent.

      Bar Patron: Yeah, now start to twist things around.

      Hoffman: And even though we know that, we treat people like they're innocent till they've had their shot in court. It makes us better people, it civilizes us to treat them that way. Civility is important. That's why no one in here called you a self-deceiving fool till you opened your drunken mouth.

    • Arnold: They won't be forgetting the name Arnold Spivak up there any time soon. I was awesome, and a lot more spontaneous than I had planned.

    • Annie: I'm not naive, Teddy. But a case like this one, with all the theatrics and media hoopla, it's not about getting the truth. It's show business. Crime as entertainment. Everybody's a celebrity: lawyer, witness, jurors.

    • Hoffman: (looking around Dr. Lester's office) My God, the continent tilts. Every quack with a diploma rolls out here and gets an ocean view.

      Lester: On the off chance that you are myopic, Mr. Hoffman, let me acquaint you with my wall hangings. I'm board certified by both the American Colleges of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. I am a teaching clinical professor at the University of ...

      Hoffman: And I can name five popes who killed people.

    • Carter: When you look back, do you think you're going to be proud of what you did in that court? Making yourself a little richer by helping this kind of man get away with what he did and calling it justice? There was a time when you were judged by the way you lived and not by the words you could string together.

    • Hoffman: Make Richard pay, but don't destroy yourself in the process. Siegalstein, he'll turn you into a circus act.

      Francesca: Turn me into one? That's what I am.

    • Hoffman: (asking Francesca to change lawyers) I can give you a list with twenty names of honorable people.

      Francesca: Without limits?

      Hoffman: Honorable without limits? That's a shorter list.

    • Hoffman: This town is like a bucket of crabs. You make it to the top of the pile, there's somebody underneath trying to pull you down.

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    Notes (10)

    • Original UK airdate 9.10pm Tuesday 5th March 1996 on BBC2

    • This is the last episode with Kevin Tighe.

    • This chapter didn't air originally. ABC skipped this episode entirely.

    • Guest star Richard Schiff (Stan Fletcher) and series regular Mary McCormack would later appear together as regulars on The West Wing. In addition, guest star Kathleen York (Cheryl Dreyfuss) would later play the ex-wife of Schiff's character on The West Wing.

    • The episode starts with a detailed recap of the murder trial so far. The events of Chapter Nine, the episode ABC didn't show, are ignored.

    • CNN's Larry King makes an uncredited cameo.

    • This is the last episode in which Daniel Benzali, Grace Phillips, Stanley Tucci, Dylan Baker, Vanessa Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Jason Gedrick appear.

    • After Daniel Benzali's departure, Alan Alda was considered as a new star for the series.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Ted Hoffman refers to Detective Polson's twenty years of experience in the homicide division. Polson must have started young, because actor Dylan Baker was only 37 at the time.

    Allusions (10)

    • Hoffman: I feel like I've been watching a production of Waiting For Godot. It's fascinating, but what does it mean? Waiting For Godot, the 1953 play by Samuel Becket, tells the story of two people waiting for a third character to arrive. At the end of the play nothing really has happened.

    • Keenan: I haven't seen the network this excited since Felicia interviewed John Wayne Gacy. John Wayne Gacy was a serial killer, convicted and executed in 1994 for murdering at least 33 young men.

    • Richard Cross asks Justine to bid on a Holbein painting in Amsterdam. It isn't clear whether he means Hans Holbein the Elder (1460-1524) or his son Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543). The son is mostly known for his Renaissance portraits, the father for his darker work in the late Gothic style. As Richard Cross admires the darkness in the painting, he probably refers to Holbein the Elder.

    • When Miriam Grasso makes her plea against cameras in the court room because they distort the proceedings, she is clearly making a reference to the OJ Simpson murder trial that took place the previous summer.

    • Arnold: Too much discipline and self-control also lands you in a clock tower with a sniper rifle. A reference to Charles Whitman (1941-1966) who shot and killed 14 people from a clock tower at the University of Texas in 1966.

    • Julie: Richard and me, ... it wasn't exactly Pretty Woman. Julie refers to the 1990 movie in which Richard Gere plays a businessman who falls in love with a prostitute.

    • Blondo: I'm no Oliver Wendell Holmes, but frankly, if we had been involved, there might have been a different outcome in court today. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) was one of the most respected Supreme Court Justices of the United States.

    • Hoffman: New and relevant evidence pointing to the real killer! Miriam Grasso: Don't tell me. The one-armed man. A reference to the mysterious murderer in The Fugitive.

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  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • With today's focus on serialized dramas, "Murder One" would fit right in.

    By jamoon2006, Oct 29, 2007

  • Outstanding

    By Jagger1966, Oct 14, 2005

  • Season two had some interesting relationships and edge-of-your-seat storylines. A good watch.

    By RCP1329, Jun 25, 2005