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48 Hours

48 Hours

  • Premiered: 
    January 19, 1988
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 1986 CBS documentary (48 Hours on Crack Street) 
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Plot Synopsis

48 HOURS began as the documentary 48 HOURS ON CRACK STREET in 1986. It became a series in 1988 with the show built around a team of correspondents covering one subject for 48 consecutive hours. It became 48 HOURS INVESTIGATES in 2002, airing once or twice per week. Starting in May 2003, the program aired twice -- once under a new title, 48 HOURS MYSTERY, and a second time using its existing title, 48 HOURS INVESTIGATES. In September 2004, for the show's 17th season, the series started to air exclusively as 48 HOURS MYSTERY, and continued with the title through the end of the 2011-2012 season. Now simply titled 48 HOURS since the 2012-2013 season, the show is the third longest running primetime series on television. This program returned for the 2013-2014 season with the Season 26 premiere on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, correspondent Troy Roberts investigates the 1980 murders of college sweethearts Sabrina Gonsalves and John Riggins, whose brutal killings went unsolved despite many starts and stops in the investigation. Now, 20 years after finding previously unnoticed semen stains and 10 years of paperwork and court motions following a DNA match, will this case finally be closed? Season 27 of 48 HOURS premiered on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on CBS. The season opener, "Paradise Lost," tells the story of a married couple, Ann and John Bender, who moved to the jungle of Central America to live a dream after making a $100 million fortune on Wall Street. They shared a love of nature, but they also shared a common struggle with severe depression. John Bender's search for a safe haven and purpose for his life didn't turn out as expected, despite efforts to improve the area around him. As a couple they became very isolated, in spite of what they did for the community. They were not entirely welcome by the locals. 48 HOURS returned for its 28th season on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9-11pm ET/PT on CBS, moving to its regular timeslot at 10pm the following week. In the special two-hour season opener, "Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections," Susan Spencer investigates the tragic disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the tireless police work that linked her alleged killer to other cases. This episode tells the story of a bright, young, college student with a promising future who went missing in Charlottesville, Virginia and was ultimately murdered. Graham disappeared after a night out with friends. The search for her was the most exhaustive in Virginia history. After her body was found, the investigation into her death generated national attention, leading the police to other cases of unsolved attacks against young women spanning a decade.
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Other Titles

  • From 2002 - 2004, series called 48 Hour Investigates
  • From 2003 - 2012, series called 48 Hours Mystery

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by True North Productions
  • Produced by CBS News Productions