Murder One: Season 2 (1996 - 1997)

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Season 2
Murder One

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Expertly written and beautifully constructed, Steven Bochco's intriguing crime drama returns with an all-new set of killer storylines.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1996

The firm defends a woman (Missy Crider) accused of assassinating the governor of California and his mistress. Meanwhile, a new attorney (Anthony LaPaglia) takes over Hoffman and Associates after Ted leaves to work on his failing marriage.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1996

There's a media frenzy as Sharon Rooney (Missy Crider) goes on trial for the double murder of Gov. Van Allen and his mistress, and the prosecution reveals incriminating information. Meanwhile, the defense uncovers an illicit liaison that could affect the case. Caroline: Romy Walthall.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1996

A surprise prosecution witness (Patrice Pitman Quinn) implicates Sharon in Gov. Van Allen's murder; Wyler reveals a former colleague's secret in order to help his client; Sharon's husband (Neal McDonough) testifies and suspicion grows as to his possible involvement in the crime. Szymanski: Ken Lerner.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1996

Wyler becomes more involved with Van Allen's widow (Romy Walthall) when her life is threatened; an abortion counselor and a ballistics expert testify for the prosecution. Meanwhile, a homicide case that may involve a popular sports star (Rick Worthy) lands in the office.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1996

Witness Larry White (Titus Welliver) disappears on the eve of testifying, leading Wyler to suspect foul play; Sharon discovers Wyler's involvement with Caroline Van Allen; and basketball star Ricky Latrell is questioned regarding the murder of his team's owner.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1996

Judge Bell investigates charges of ethical misconduct brought against Wyler by a witness; Malcolm Dietrich (Ralph Waite) and Sharon Rooney testify; basketball star Ricky Latrell (Rick Worthy) is arrested for murder; and the California gubernatorial race is decided.

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Air date: Dec 5, 1996

Closing arguments are heard in Sharon Rooney's murder trial and the verdict is delivered. Also: Wyler reaches a resolution in his relationship with Laura (Jessica Tuck). Sharon: Missy Crider. Caroline: Romy Walthall. Norell: Carol Lawrence. Bell: Ron Lawrence.

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Air date: Dec 12, 1996

Wyler and Biggio agree to put personal differences aside to unravel the mystery surrounding Van Allen's assassination, now that the killer has confessed. Meanwhile, Mosely and Docknovich disagree over whether to play the race card in Latrell's defense. Latrell: Rick Worthy.

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Air date: Jan 9, 1997

Opening statements are heard in the Rickey Latrell murder case. Meanwhile, an agent out to sign Latrell tries to drive a wedge between Rickey and Michaelson (Don McManus). Latrell: Rick Worthy. Carla: Troy Beyer. Scotto: Peter Onorati.

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Air date: Jan 16, 1997

A former teammate (Harry J. Lennix), a cheerleader (Nancy Everhard) and a stripper (Shannon Whirry) testify against Latrell, bringing to light his violent nature. Meanwhile, Wyler and Appleton make a major discovery about the nature of the crime.

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Cast

Michael Hayden
as Chris Docknovich
Anthony LaPaglia
as Jimmy Wyler
Mary McCormack
as Justine Appleton
Barbara Bosson
as Miriam Grasso
J.C. MacKenzie
as Arnold Spivak
Rick Worthy
as Rickey Latrell
Missy Crider
as Sharon Rooney
Ralph Waite
as Malcolm Dietrich
John Fleck
as Louis Heinsbergen
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Clifford Banks
Clayton Rohner
as Vince Biggio
D.B. Woodside
as Aaron Mosley
Eileen Heckart
as Frances Wyler
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Critic Reviews for Murder One Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Murder One remains adult television of a high order. Producer Steven Bochco's sure hand is evident from the tough-minded writing and deft casting to the superlative music and photography.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama does have sparks and fireworks, the production is glossy and deluxe, and the first case is full of tantalizing complications even in its early stages.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The opening plot has some cracks, but none that can't be stepped over in an hour that is often transfixing and has you looking forward to the next episode.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

By making [Anthony] LaPaglia a former D.A. who switches tables, Murder [One] offers a character who's as ambivalent about defense attorneys as most post-O.J. Americans are.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

This new version of Murder One is not as taut as the original. But it is more focused.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The series is reborn as a well-paced, solidly plotted show, with [Anthony] LaPaglia giving it a whole new spin.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It says something about the rest of the regular cast that [Gary] Blondo emerges as one of most memorable characters in the miniseries.

Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Murder One is still magnificently filmed and framed -- if anything, it remains too luscious. But, in casting a hero for a big budget series which seeks to reflect the moral decline of the times, it has chosen better this time.

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

All indications are that the new version of Murder One will be just as well done, just as riveting as last year's.

Jul 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It's up to [Anthony] LaPaglia to assume the mantle of leadership. And talented as he is, he's no [Daniel] Benzali.

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