This series features a combination of the sharpest detectives and cutting-edge forensic science to unlock the answers to shocking puzzles and perplexing cases. The stories profiled in Extreme Forensics often involve suspects who try to outsmart authorities, only to be captured due to the use of forensic science. This series highlights the amazing science behind these investigations and showcases the role of forensics in the search for justice.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2008-09-22

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Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and outbreaks of illness. The show was originally broadcast on TLC, narrated by Peter Thomas, and produced by Medstar Television, distributed by FilmRise, in association with truTV Original Productions. It broadcast 406 episodes from its debut on TLC in 1996 as Medical Detectives until 2011. Reruns shown on HLN were initially retitled Mystery Detectives before settling on the main title of the show in 2014. A version of the series was broadcast on the British Channel Five, under the name Murder Detectives. Several episodes are also available on distributor FilmRise's YouTube channel. HLN has misleadingly advertised “brand new episodes of Forensic Files” intermittently since 2014, when in fact the advertised “new” episodes are actually just old episodes that have never aired on the network before and are “new” to HLN. The false advertisement of “new” episodes has caused confusion, with many viewers taking to Twitter to ask the show's creator, Paul Dowling, if the show was going back into production. The show's narrator, Peter Thomas, died on May 1, 2016, five years after the series went out of production. Dowling stated that Thomas was “irreplaceable”, thus eliminating any hopes of reviving the series.

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Premiering just as the O. J. Simpson murder trial had focused attention on the world of DNA and forensics, Medical Detectives became a hit. It was one of the first of the popular forensic science shows. A few years later, Court TV acquired rights to broadcast the show and it quickly became the cornerstone of its primetime schedule, increasing its annual production run to 42 episodes. The show was retained after the network was renamed TruTV in 2008. The show was so successful that, in 2002, NBC aired it as a summer replacement series, one of the first times in which a show produced for cable television was aired by a broadcast network in prime-time. In 2009, truTV's sister network Turner Network Television (“TNT”) began airing episodes in HD on Wednesday nights for the month of December. The vast majority of the shows are in a half-hour format. However, some hour-long specials have been produced. Several of these have re-investigated famous cases such as The Norfolk Four, or even historic murders such as the Lindbergh kidnapping and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Reruns were aired on Lifetime in the fall of 2011 under the Medical Detectives moniker. A year later, in October 2012, HLN began airing the reruns under the title Mystery Detectives. Beginning in January 2014, HLN switched to the “Forensic Files” title. On that network, it is increasingly being used to fill many time slots due to program cancellations by budget cuts. In fact, the program took up about 58% of the entire HLN channel each week. In June 2014, the series aired nightly from 2am through 5am on CNN, before being removed due to industry and viewer criticism, along with continuing international breaking news events, and replaced with a CNN International simulcast. Since November 7, 2015, HLN has retitled the series “Forensic Files: Digital Details” and aired episodes that did not air on the channel before. The show led HLN in ratings in early 2015. TruTV currently still holds the licensing rights to the Forensic Files name. The reruns were repackaged with a shorter intro, and (at the end of some episodes) updates on what became of the suspect(s) or parties involved since the final verdicts. (For example: At the end of the 1996 episode “The List Murders,” it is mentioned that John List, convicted of murdering his entire family in 1971 and sentenced to life in prison, died in 2008.) In late 2014, Investigation Discovery started airing episodes under the “Cause of Death” title. Reruns of the show also are carried over-the-air on Escape, AMGTV and in off-network syndication.

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