YMMV / The First 48

  • Creepy Awesome: Phoenix Detective Jason Schecterle, who was horribly disfigured in a car wreck and looks like a Fallout ghoul.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse - Each viewer has their "favorite" detective: Joe Schillaci of Miami and Anthony Mullins and Caroline Mason of Memphis are among the most popular.
  • Name's the Same: Dallas detective Phil Harding.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Even with the heavy blurring of the corpses, it's still terrifying to hear the terrified 9-1-1 calls, then see detectives walk into a room with a blurred out corpse, blood splatters on the walls, and descriptions of things like "she was stabbed 70 times! She fought with her attacker, as evidenced by this streak of blood here!"
  • Tear Jerker: Witnessing the reactions of family and friends of the victims can be quite heart-wrenching.
  • The Woobie - Kevin Ruggerio of Miami, dumped by his fiancee by his third episode... by telephone.
  • What an Idiot! - One eventually comes to realize that suspects will do and say all sorts of things that incriminate themselves when left alone in the interrogation room even when they know they're being filmed. One notable instance was a suspect in Miami who called his father and told him where the murder weapon was hidden and to move it before the house was searched, thinking he'd get away with it because they were speaking in Creole. A Haitian-born detective sat in front of the monitor and translated this for the benefit of the detectives on the case, who were trying not to bust a gut laughing.