Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018)

The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

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Unsolved's prestige aspirations don't always work in its procedural structure, but strong performances and an ambitious spirit to find truth in this real-world mystery create an engaging exploration of two of pop culture's most notorious influences.



Critic Ratings: 26


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Air date: Feb 27, 2018

The premiere of the true-crime drama about the police investigations into the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls murders.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2018

Kading and Dupree brief the Biggie Smalls Task Force on the case's popular theories. Poole and Miller travel to Las Vegas to investigate a possible connection between Biggie and Tupac's murders.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2018

Frustrated by their lack of progress, the Task Force questions Kading's leadership. RHD investigates a bank robbery. Biggie warns Tupac that his new friends are dangerous.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2018

The Task Force tracks down a person of interest. After Poole is put on a new case, Miller interviews Biggie's widow. Tupac faces legal trouble and goes to record at Quad Studios in New York.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2018

Poole and Tyndall investigate a dirty cop. The Task Force receives promising results from a ballistics test. Biggie releases "Who Shot Ya," spurring Tupac to make a risky alliance.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2018

The Task Force makes progress on a suspect. Poole continues to be in conflict with Lt. Larson. Biggie and Tupac find themselves at the center of a growing rivalry between their record labels.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2018

Poole takes his theory about Biggie's murder outside of the LAPD. Kading and Dupree have a long-awaited sit down. Rising tensions between Biggie and Tupac boil over at the Soul Train Awards.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2018

The Task Force gets help from an FBI informant with a questionable past. Poole shares his work with Voletta Wallace. After being shot, Tupac clings to life in a Las Vegas hospital.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2018

The Task Force has a new target. Poole runs into his old partner, who has updates on the Biggie case. Voletta Wallace visits her son's hotel room the day after his death.

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Air date: May 1, 2018

The Task Force and Russell Poole chase down their final leads. The series finale.

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Tv Season Info

Season 1 of the true crime series follows the investigations of the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and The Notorius B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez). In 1997, Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) starts digging into Biggie's death and uncovers a ring of corruption that plagues the LAPD; in 2007, Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) re-opens Poole's now cold case with the help of a federal task force. Meanwhile, several flashbacks offer insight into Tupac and Biggie's lives, first as friends and then as enemies.

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Critic Reviews for Unsolved The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

Unsolved isn't all that it could be or enough of what it should be.

Feb 27, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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At its core, this is a murder mystery, but set in a world that's also still a mystery to many. Check it out -- on the USA network of all places.

Feb 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Irresolution has its own undeniable power and Hemingway has wisely played the strongest hand he holds. If no one can figure these murders out, that's a good yarn by itself.

Feb 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The performances here are uniformly strong and the mystery around these two murders remains fascinating all these years later.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

In an ensemble this solid, it can be challenging for one performance to emerge as a standout.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Unsolved does subtly show us how the life and times of Biggie and Tupac have seeped into our public consciousness over the years. Their untimely deaths have turned them into unexpected martyrs whose ghetto gospel many now revere as canon.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an accomplishment unto itself for a tale you may already know how it ends (or doesn't end), and even more so when you see how Long and Hemingway use the cold case as a Trojan horse to break into a way bigger picture.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There's not enough meat to any one timeframe to make a compelling drama.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

... making each episode compelling and gorgeous even when the action on-screen is gruesome.

Apr 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Dual investigation of hip-hop homicides has strong content.

Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The ambition required for Unsolved to attempt such structural gymnastics is actually impressive, and one that lends the series some technical respect if not full-throated praise.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

While in a more traditional narrative, the lack of official resolution would seem frustrating, in this first-rate procedural, it somehow only makes the story more gripping.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

  • May 19, 2020
    As this topic was new to me, I was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, it's handled in a very disappointing way.
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  • Jul 19, 2020
    Callously over-dramatized and displays half-baked portrayals of its subject matter.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    It shows the facts rather than the myths and the conspiracy theories regarding the two assassinations. Interesting and entertaining... also very sad...
  • Dec 23, 2018
    An interesting look into the saga that were the Biggie and Tupac murders. They give great insight into the investigation, I just hope they presented more facts than theories. There are numerous theories re what occurred to each of the legends, yet the facts remain murky (at least thats what has been portrayed to the public). Heres hoping one day that the mothers of the deceased finally get their closure, as hard as that is to imagine. Regardless it was a fun ride down memory lane and the soundtrack was great.
  • Jun 24, 2018
    I just finished watching this, and a great show. The investigation is quite complex and a bit confusing at times, and the switching from the different time periods can be a little bit unsettling, but still an excellent crime series overall. Once I started watching it, I found it very hard not to go over and continue watching the next episode.
  • Jun 06, 2018
    a procedural cop drama that touches on the lives of tupac & biggie from time-to-time, but mostly plays out like law & order or true detective.
  • Apr 18, 2018
    They got every detail of the entire story, how great. They Way its being done, following POole in 96 and kading in 06, is very clever and compelling.
  • Mar 31, 2018
    Good show about great artists.
  • Mar 27, 2018
  • Mar 24, 2018
    And we still dont know whos the murder. Bad movie

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