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The Menendez Murders: Episode 1 

The Menendez murders that shocked Beverly Hills.


Rene Balcer (created by) (as René Balcer), Rene Balcer (as René Balcer)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edie Falco ... Leslie Abramson
Miles Gaston Villanueva ... Lyle Menendez
Gus Halper ... Erik Menendez
Chris Bauer ... Tim Rutten
Josh Charles ... Dr. Jerome Oziel
Anthony Edwards ... Judge Stanley Weisberg
Heather Graham ... Judalon Smyth
Sam Jaeger ... Detective Les Zoeller
Elizabeth Reaser ... Pam Bozanich
Sterling Beaumon ... Glenn Stevens
Larry Cedar ... Milton Andersen
Cliff Chamberlain ... Detective Tom Linehan
Lolita Davidovich ... Kitty Menendez
James DuMont ... Brian Andersen
Dominic Flores ... Henry Llanio


The Menendez murders that shocked Beverly Hills.

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Release Date:

26 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Chris Bauer (Tim Rutten) & Bailey Noble (Jamie Pisarcik) also worked together on True Blood (2008) as Andy Bellefleur & Adilyn Bellefleur respectively. See more »


When the girlfriend shows up, the brother describes some of people around his father as "sketchy" characters -- a term in current usage but not in 1989. See more »


Detective Les Zoeller: Hey, Tom, check this out. It was broken in the night of, but with the front door open, there'd be a draft. Hey, Sergeant?
Sgt. Edmonds: Yeah.
Detective Les Zoeller: When you interviewed Erik Menendez, he said something about gun smoke?
Sgt. Edmonds: Yeah, he saw and smelled gun smoke when he and his brother came home.
Detective Tom Linehan: Two hours after the shooting? Gun smoke would have dissipated by then.
Detective Les Zoeller: Especially with a draft. When they brought those boys back to the station, you do a GSR on them?
Sgt. Edmonds: Well, nah, I mean, they were so broken up. Yeah.
Detective Les Zoeller: [...]
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References Batman (1989) See more »

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Episode 1.1
4 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The People vs OJ Simpson told a grotesque, riveting, cheesy story and that was just John Travolta's eyebrows.

Law & Order has jumped on the true story bandwagon based on the 1989 Menendez murders and its protracted trial.

The first episode concentrates more on the police investigation in the aftermath of the murder where the sons Lyle and Erik are not yet suspects in the murder of their parents but are already acting a little strange.

Leslie Abramson (Edie Falco) who would go on to become the sons lawyer already calls it in her first scene when she tells her husband that they did it when watches the story of the killings on the television news.

Living in the UK I know little about the Menendez murders and this story does not have the celebrity or notoriety of the Simpson's story. I actually was less than thrilled with the opening episode and rather bored by the end of it.

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