Cold Case: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)


Season 1
Cold Case

Critics Consensus

Cold Case follows in the footsteps of innumerable whodunits, but distinguishes itself with an innovative flashback structure and a magnetic female lead in Kathryn Morris.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 20
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Air date: Sep 28, 2003
Air date: Oct 5, 2003
Air date: Oct 12, 2003
Air date: Oct 19, 2003
Air date: Oct 26, 2003
Air date: Nov 9, 2003
Air date: Nov 16, 2003
Air date: Nov 30, 2003
Air date: Dec 7, 2003
Air date: Dec 21, 2003
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The first series of this police drama follows Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), a homicide detective with the Philadelphia Police Department who investigates unsolved crimes from recent times to decades-old cases. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, many stories are inspired by real-life cases such as those of young 1957 murder victim "The Boy in the Box," the 2003 fire in The Station nightclub that killed 100 people and the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Also on the squad are Lilly's partner Scotty Valens (Danny Pino), Will Jeffries (Thom Barry), Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford) and her mentor Lieutenant John Stillman (John Finn). Her partner for the first few episodes is Chris Lassing (Justin Chambers, who left the show for the role of Alex Karev on "Grey's Anatomy").


Kathryn Morris
as Lilly Rush
John Finn
as John Stillman
Thom Barry
as Will Jeffries
Jeremy Ratchford
as Nick Vera
Danny Pino
as Scotty Valens
Brandon Routh
as Young Henry Phillips
Josh Hopkins
as Jason Kite
D.W. Moffett
as Todd Whitley
Cory Hardrict
as Jay Washington
Gwendolyn Whiteside
as Gail Chimayo
Jake Bern
as James Hogan
Kip Martin
as Young Todd
Christopher Shea
as Larry Detroit
Laura Regan
as Rosie Miles
Christina Cox
as Sherry Fox
Chris Beckwith
as Matt Mills
Anthony John Crane
as Young Stillman
Meta Golding
as Sadie Douglas
Conor Dubin
as Benny Rosen
John Walcutt
as Mitchell Bayes
Matt Bushell
as Butch Rinaldi
Patrick MacManus
as Steve Holtz
Chris Sarandon
as Adam Clarke
Samantha Eggar
as Sister Vivian
Mehcad Brooks
as Herman Lester
Doug Kruse
as Al Clarkson
Garrett Strommen
as Young Matt
Todd Waring
as Mark Murphy
Rick Kelly
as Ronnie Jr.
Greg Zola
as Bruce Eldridge
Barbara Tarbuck
as Helen Holtz
Aynsley Lemon
as Toya Miles
Lisa Dean Ryan
as Barbara Carise
Robert Maffia
as David Rosen
Isabella Hofmann
as Caroline Bayes
Johanna Watts
as Young Sister Vivian
Laura Allen
as Vanessa Prosser
Robert Rusler
as Nash Cavanaugh
Merritt Hicks
as Young Sherry
Kevin McCorkle
as Gil Sherman
Jimmi Simpson
as Brian Bayes
Meera Simhan
as Anita Khosla
Lois Hall
as Krystal Hogan
Sam Witwer
as Creighton
Finn Wittrock
as Young Eric
Jenni Blong
as Nicole Lamas
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Holly Rickter
Maggie Grace
as Young Renee
Lisa Long
as Young Helen Holtz
Nadine Ellis
as Young Blanche
Jamison Haase
as Young Ronnie Jr.
Dylan Cope
as Young Al Clarkson
Autumn Reeser
as Sister Grace
Lorna Raver
as Myra Rosen
Bree Turner
as Ellen Pearson
Ray Campbell
as Latrell Johnson
Hilary Salvatore
as Young Beth Reardon
Michael Bierman
as Young Mark Adams
Lisa Waltz
as Melanie Whitley
Barbara Eve Harris
as Diane Washington
James DuMont
as Will Harrell
Don R. McManus
as Josh Freely
J.P. Pitoc
as Brad Meyers
John Mahon
as Colonel
Victor Z. Isaac
as Young Blaine
Zoe Cotton
as Arlene
Bahni Turpin
as Carol Dunlay
Kerrie Keane
as Judy Enright
Frederic Lane
as Sam Royal
Ciara Hughes
as Young Sonya
Blake Robbins
as David Lake
Sarah Buehler
as Dana Meyers
Keke Palmer
as Young Arlene
Noel Fisher
as Jerry Kasher
Sheila Jerome
as Young Diane
Melissa Yvonne Lewis
as Young Deborah
Kathleen Gati
as Irene Jablonski
Trent Cameron
as Young Latrell
Lyndon Smith
as Arnold Collier
Tommy Hinkley
as Young Ronnie Sr.
J. Downing
as Leon Kincaid
Becki Newton
as Young Melanie
Ben Lang
as Young Will Harrell
Molly Cheek
as Gretchen
Spencer Daniels
as Young Jerry Kasher
Elizabeth Franz
as Evelyn Shelby
Linda Castro
as Joan Fink
Riley Schmidt
as Young Adam Clarke
Jim O'Heir
as Ned Ryan
Brooke Bloom
as Tania Leonhardt
Mark Nordike
as Tinkerbell
Arthur Darbinyan
as Alex Medvedenko
Douglas Smith
as Young Brian Bayes
Christian J. Meoli
as Angel Rivera
Ridge Canipe
as Tim Barnes
Tyron Burton
as Ray Lester
Jade Carter
as Young David Lake
Robin Weigert
as Sophie Mayes
Brooke Swift
as Caitlin Young
Howard Halcomb
as Young Bennett
Shacolby Randell
as Young Manross
Blaire Restaneo
as Young Gretchen
Steve Seagren
as Tommy Burke
Blake Shields
as Barry Tepler
Chelsea Field
as Noelle Barnes
Charles Hayes
as Bobby Lein
Channing Chase
as Sally Frandsen
Aimee Teegarden
as Young Tina Bayes
Aldis Hodge
as Young Runner
Chelcie Ross
as Ted Phillips
Rhino Michaels
as Henry Floyd
Justin Meloni
as Young Paul
Terri Garber
as Abbey Lake
Brent Huff
as Lonnie Meade
Mick Orfe
as Young Bobby Lein
Heidi Bohay
as Young Sally Frandsen
Eden Rountree
as Young Noelle
Lauren Stamile
as Young Abbey Lake
Luke Eberl
as Young Wayne
Sarah Rosenberg
as Bridget Young
Brandon Routh
as Young Henry Phillips
Trish Coren
as Katie Mills
Leslie Silva
as Sarah Tucker
Andrew Heald
as Young Roger
Nichole Hiltz
as Young Doreen
Nichole M. Hiltz
as Young Doreen
Diana Burbano
as Bonita at 35
Bill Henderson
as George Polk
Michael McGrady
as Greg Barnes
Monnae Michaell
as Tanya Williams
Monnae Michael
as Tanya Williams
Danny Oberbeck
as Jeff Lermak
Lacey Beeman
as Young Jane
Brianna Osborne
as Young Katie
Rob Moran
as Max Tanning
Ophelia Turner
as Gloria Munez
Larry Brandenburg
as Mike Rickter
Karen Austin
as Theresa Wentworth
Jim Meskimen
as P.J. Prosser
Pat Destro
as Beth Mills
Sean Carrigan
as Young Greg
Bruce Gray
as Dr. Thayer
Kyausha Simpson
as Young Tanya Williams
Lee Garlington
as Carol Prosser
Joey Diaz
as Ken Mazzacone
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as Ken Mazzacone
Katee Sackhoff
as Young Theresa Wentworth
Mary-Kathleen Gordon
as Susan Rickter
Susan Chuang
as Frannie
Alec Medlock
as Young Dominic
Anson Scoville
as Young Max Tanning
Patrick Gallo
as Young Anthony
Debra Sullivan
as Mia Gordon
Joel Stoffer
as Aaron Dutra
Joel Anderson
as Robert Mills
Jordan Wooden
as Tina Barnes
Watson Watring
as Dr. Leo Linden
Ryun Yu
as Ray Leung
Joe D. Jonz
as Freddie
Ronald Hunter
as Jim Larkin
Robert LaSardo
as Jesus Torres
Emily Yancy
as Wilma Johnson
Sam Scarber
as Ed Brown
James Michael White
as Howard Holtz
Suanne Spoke
as Janice Brock
James Mathers
as Melvin Dobey
Jim Gleason
as Dr. Leo Linden
Elan O'Connor
as Young Mia Gordon
David Forseth
as Officer Silvan
Shawn Woods
as Young Ed Brown
Anne Thomas
as Young Wilma
Neal Matarazzo
as Jeff Gordon
Marco Rodriguez
as Manny Fernandez
Ryan Tasz
as Clayton Weathers
Michael Potter
as Kenny O'Brien
Stephanie Pearson
as Young Lilly
Candace Edwards
as Candice Russell
Amy Halloran
as Young Carrie
Caleb Moody
as Young Kenny O'Brien
Asa Bernstine
as Michael Russell
John Lawlor
as Father Declan
Marc McClure
as Young Father Declan
Jack Guzman
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Cold Case Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

Cold Case never loses sight of the victims. Best of all, it offers a lead actress who is simply excellent. Morris makes a wonderfully tough, tenacious heroine. She's a sleuth to die for.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Cold Case [is] a whodunit so methodical its impact barely registers.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The flashbacks are effective, at times almost surreally so.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The show takes the easy way out, creating complexity by juggling lots of characters and generating excitement through hackneyed dialogue and unrealistic plot points.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you're not tapped out on this kind of show already, Cold Case is a sophisticated procedural drama with an engrossing mystery at its core.

Sep 27, 2003 | Full Review…

Although there is a tendency to linger too long and too lovingly on the killer's victims in chains and in terror, the program is otherwise artfully and intelligently done.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Even familiar plot points are told in the expertly spooky Bruckheimer style. And Lilly, a cool Hitchcock blonde, is a more enigmatic heroine than crime shows usually provide.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Without Morris' fire fueling nearly every frame of the pilot, it might have sunk into blandness... [It] feels like a series that will get better over time... [It's her] passionate but nuanced performance, that instills confidence in this show's future.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Where CSI's William Petersen and Trace's Anthony LaPaglia are stolid, thick-necked and -waisted, hard-boiled guy's guys, Cold Case offers a twist in the Bruckheimer formula. That would be Kathryn Morris.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The latest master of television's crime wave, Bruckheimer has taken on police work from yet another angle, and the material goes down easily.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's hardly a heartwarming proposition, except for [Kathryn Morris] presence -- another morbid drama about murder and torture and all the other horrible things that make prime time crime time.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Strip away the beautiful people and the stylish visuals -- stylish being a kind of code here for nothing to say -- and you are left only with the idea that it is good to see bad people punished, even if it takes a while.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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