The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases", older crimes that have never been solved.

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Meredith Stiehm
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Series cast summary:
Kathryn Morris ...  Lilly Rush 156 episodes, 2003-2010
John Finn ...  John Stillman 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Jeremy Ratchford ...  Nick Vera 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Thom Barry ...  Will Jeffries 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Danny Pino ...  Scotty Valens 151 episodes, 2003-2010
Tracie Thoms ...  Kat Miller 106 episodes, 2005-2010
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Lilly Rush is a Philadelphia police detective working for the department's homicide squad and being assigned "cold cases": crimes that were committed many years before and have not been solved. Lilly must try to re-think the crime scenes and interview other people involved with the victims to find a link to solving the cases. Written by ahmetkozan

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Better late than never. See more »


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Many of the crimes featured in Cold Case are based on real-life cases. These include the murder of Emmett Till, the Columbine school shooting, and, most notably, Philadelphia's real-life "Boy in the Box" case, which as of the year 2021 still remains unsolved. Back when Cold Case aired its fictional version of the "Boy in the Box" case in 2003, it regenerated some public attention to the story, and similar crime drama TV shows did their own versions of the story. Cold Case was the only popular crime drama series at the time to feature a plot where psychiatric abuse and a private orphanage scandal were the causes of death; other shows, like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, featured plots where systematic child abuse was the cause of death. In the real-life case, it is generally the accepted theory that the murder victim died due to some form of child abuse, as the unknown boy was severely malnourished and had scars on his body. See more »

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Frequently, in various episodes, the detectives say that a gun is registered to someone (or that someone has no registered guns, or the like). There is no gun registration in Pennsylvania; it's prohibited by state law. See more »

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Tom Stillman: Do you think someone who had a nervous breakdown after four months at Fort Hood could survive five years in the Hanoi Hilton?
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Nara
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Never ceases to amaze me
4 January 2004 | by Dani-62See all my reviews

"Cold Case" features fictional cases that have been unsolved for years. The stories are touching, even though we know these situations are not real. The show never ceases to amaze me and touch me in ways most television shows cannot. Somehow it seeps under your skin because you know thousands of people in the real world live with the things that go on in the episodes. Kathryn Morris gives a stellar performance each week and always has the audience rooting for her to kick some butt. The editing is unique, as well, and I think the strongest tactic the show uses is how they always wrap up the case and the episode by arresting the person as they are now, but never failing to cut to show what they would look like if they had gotten arrested when they first committed the crime. The victim almost always appears vindicated at the end. This of course works best when they go back to cases some ten or more years earlier. This is a new show, and it has certainly broken out of the mold. It is not just another formulaic crime drama. The fact that each episode is about the individual case and not the saga of the detectives makes it easy to tune it at any time and get heavily involved. CBS has done it again - their demographic is no longer just middle aged middle class individuals. With shows like this they are proving they can reach a wider, savvier audience. Jerry Bruckheimer is back on top to stay,


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28 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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