discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS
Weeks of February 14 and February 21 2022
**All Air Dates Subject to Change
discovery+ is the global streaming service which brings together all of Discovery's brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.
discovery+ TRUE CRIME PREMIERES
New Episodes Dropping Weekly on Wednesdays
Over the years, Lt. Joe Kenda has heard about cases that defy logic and expose the depravity of human nature: investigations so confounding that the twists and turns feel more scripted in Hollywood than reality. In AMERICAN DETECTIVE, Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country, with each episode profiling a different homicide detective whose tireless efforts helped bring justice for the victim. Presented by the riveting raconteur whose gruff voice and witty commentary keep us hanging on every word, Joe Kenda guides us through the nuances of each case and the dogged detective work it took to solve the seemingly unsolvable.
· Drugstore Cowboy Streaming Wednesday, February 16
The murder of a young entrepreneur in the entranceway of his family home, sends shockwaves through his affluent seaside community. To catch the killer, Detective Dale Mason must navigate a tangled conspiracy and outwit a band of career criminals.
· Death Roll Streaming Wednesday, February 23
Gunshots ring out in broad daylight, killing a young mother of four only steps away from her workplace in Carson, California. Veteran detective Louie Aguilera works hard to find the assailant, but the investigation leads him across international borders.
The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
Two Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 24, with Episodes Dropping Weekly on Thursdays at 9/8c
Every day, countless adults utilize the internet with insidious intentions to groom, sexually exploit, and abuse children online. Committed to helping law enforcement stop these perpetrators, child advocate Roo Powell and the team at her nonprofit organization SOSA (Safe from Online Sex Abuse) work in collaboration with law enforcement to detect and identify the menacing adults who use the internet to harm children. Undercover Underage follows Roo as the 38-year-old mother of three transforms her appearance into a teen online. Once adults engage with Roo's underage decoys, it's a race against the clock to gather enough information to positively identify the offenders and get them on law enforcement's radar.
· Every Aspect Matters Premieres Thursday, February 24 at 9/8c
Roo's persona, Flori, is contacted by "Kevin," an experienced and elusive predator who piques the interest of law enforcement. Flori also receives messages from "Mitch," a man who works in what should be a safe space for children.
· Two Lies For Every Truth Premieres Thursday, February 24 at 10/9c
With every truth the team gets from "Kevin," a predator on their radar, comes another lie. Roo and her team must decipher the real from the make-believe in order to hunt him down while engaging with an aggressive man across the country.
CURSE OF THE CHIPPENDALES
The First Two Episodes Premiere Monday, February 21 at 9/8c and the Last Two Episodes Premiere Tuesday, February 22 at 9/8c
Curse of the Chippendales tells the story of how the famous dance troupe took the LA nightclub scene by storm and ended with international fame, untold wealth, bizarre murder plots and multiple deaths trapped in their legacy. Their brand became a multi-million-dollar global venture, successful beyond their wildest dreams. But of three unlikely dreamers who were there at the beginning, only one would make it out alive. Driven by extensive video and photo archives, including never-before-seen footage and a nostalgia-filled soundtrack, viewers will be directly transported back to the '80s, into one of the most unexpected true crime stories of the decade. And all fueled by one thing: greed.
· Take it Off Premieres Monday, February 21 at 9/8c
In late 1970s Los Angeles, a struggling nightclub looks for the next big thing. Enter the Chippendales. Their raunchy male strip show rides a wave of social liberation to runaway success. But sleazy characters taint the magic with murder and deception.
· Engulfed in Man Premieres Monday, February 21 at 10/9c
Business booms as the brand takes New York with a sold-out show. The leading men become media darlings, and merchandise brings in millions - but a moral backlash brews. As the group gets richer, protests intensify, and a dark power struggle ensues.
· Money After Money Premieres Tuesday, February 22 at 9/8c
The driving force behind Chippendales lies dead, but the show goes on. As key players spiral into addiction, lawsuits in LA threaten the club where it all started. As copycat dance troupes multiply, a serious rival emerges, and a deadly plot resurfaces.
· Showtime Premieres Tuesday, February 22 at 10/9c
The Chippendales fight to stay number one, but a poisonous plan is in motion. As undercover agents close in and cold cases reignite, it seems the masterminds will stop at nothing to cover up their crimes.
THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER
Three-Part Series Premieres Saturday, February 26 from 9pm - 12am ET
Since 1999, 51 mostly Black women have been found strangled across Chicago, their bodies dumped like trash in garbage bins, alleyways, and abandoned buildings. To this day all but one of the cases remain unsolved, leading many to believe there is a serial killer or killers targeting women in Chicago. Through intimate interviews with families, activists, experts, politicians and police, THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER takes a deep dive into the murders and the close knit communities who have been victimized by fear and loss. Revealing the devastating emotional toll on families and residents, this three part special also explores a ground-breaking new system for tracking unsolved murders that is now signaling a red alert on an active serial killer in Chicago. The series also looks at these murders in the context of decades-long racism and neglect in Chicago's south and west side communities How could more than 51 women be strangled with seeming impunity over twenty years, yet their killer or killers are still at large to this day? As THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER drives towards those answers, shocking new evidence has the potential to break the case open at last.
· There's a Thing Called Justice Premieres Saturday, February 26 at 9/8c
In Chicago, an alarming number of unsolved strangulations of mostly Black women has the community on edge. While police say they are investigating, community leaders and family members believe something far more sinister is going on.
· A Pattern of Murder Premieres Saturday, February 26 at 10/9c
Two back-to-back murders appear to be an escalation in the pattern. A non-profit examines the cases and starts to connect the dots, leading to a terrifying conclusion. Then, a break in one of the cases, years in the making, ends in an expected way.
· The Killing Rages Premieres Saturday, February 26 at 11/10c
As possible connections between the murders finally gets air time, the community rises up. But analysis of victimology leads outside experts to a grim conclusion: Chicago could be in the clutches of something far more insidious than anyone knows.
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c
Homicide investigations unfold through dramatic real footage in this groundbreaking series. Each episode of THE MURDER TAPES provides an up-close perspective of the case, incorporating body cam footage from the initial crime scene, surveillance video, and interrogation room recordings.
· Blunt Force Trauma Premieres Wednesday, February 16 at 9/8c
A woman of faith, Susan Hernandez seems last like the last person police would expect to find murdered in her basement. Searching for suspects, detectives turn over every stone in the hunt for Susan's killer, with a result that shakes the town to its core.
SECRETS, LIES AND PRIVATE EYES
Two episodes premiering back-to-back Thursday, February 17 from 9-11pm ET
Across America teams of skilled investigators operate undercover in pursuit of the truth. But these aren't law enforcement agents, they're private investigators and oftentimes they work the cases the police can't or won't touch. Now four female-led agencies open their doors to the inner workings of their investigations. These dedicated agents have one mission: to find justice for their clients. Battling cheaters, liars, devious offenders, and even the legal system, can they uncover the truth? Sit tight and enjoy the secrets and lies confronted head-on by the 'private eyes'.
· The Bullet and the Bounty Premieres Thursday, February 17 at 9/8c
With accusations rife, revelations from an out-of-town stranger might yield a breakthrough in Alex and Jon's cold case murder. Meanwhile, Heather battles false leads in her hunt for Alabama fugitive Dustin.
· The Informant and the Train Premieres Thursday, February 17 at 10/9c
With multiple sources naming their suspect, Alex and Jon discover evidence that may have been missed. They hope DNA will reveal the identity of their killer. Elsewhere, Sheila investigates a car hit by a train for proof of a possible murder plot.
EVIL LIVES HERE
New Episodes Premiere Sundays at 9/8c
· Locked in the Closet Premieres Sunday, February 20 at 9/8c
The first time Alice Jenkins locks Jesse Eging in the closet as a child, he thinks it's only a game. But as Jesse's captivity grows longer and food becomes scarce, he realizes that if he and his siblings do not find a way to escape, they will surely die.
· What if He Gets Out Premieres Sunday, February 27 at 9/8c
When Amy Chessler calls 911 to report what her brother, Jesse Winnick, has confessed to, she doesn't know whether to believe him. Jesse's always been a liar, and Amy doesn't truly understand what he is capable of until she walks in and sees it for herself.
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
New Episodes Stream on discovery+ and Premiere on ID Sundays at 10/9c
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN takes viewers on a thrilling journey inside the most fascinating crime and mystery investigations. First person accounts, along with insight from experts, are featured as each case reaches its dramatic conclusion.
· A Mother Knows Premieres Sunday, February 20 at 10/9c
A female active-duty soldier dies in a brutal attack during a night out with members of her unit. Police try to determine if a secret fear she mentioned to her mother is the motive for her murder.
· Hauntingly Familiar Premieres Sunday, February 27 at 10/9c
Investigators must overturn a shocking decision before they can solve the hauntingly familiar murder of a teenager.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES
The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
CRIMES GONE VIRAL
New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 10/9c
This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security cameras to home surveillance cameras, to doorbell, taxi cab, motorcycle, police and cell phone cameras - someone is almost always watching. Gripping footage of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, violent road rage incidents and other crimes - rack up millions of views. But CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story. These stories include; good Samaritans who intervene to stop crimes, brave victims who fight back against their attackers, clever prison escapes, a shark heist, a woman who dumps six newborn puppies in a dumpster, and more.
· We See You Premieres Monday, February 14 at 10/9c
A woman fed up with the chaos caused by a couple known as "the neighbors from hell," begins videotaping them, and a volatile explosion erupts. Later, an oblivious couple is too busy making out at a bar to realize an armed robbery is underway.
CHAOS IN COURT
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 10/9c
This series brings the backstories of the crimes and legal proceedings to the forefront with insightful and of-the-moment analysis from a diverse blue-chip panel of experts, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and criminal psychologists.
· Rush to Judgment Premieres Wednesday, February 16 at 10/9c
A mother waits in agony as her teenage daughter receives a 20-year sentence, and a Russian inmate tries to escape from a glass cage in court. Then, one judge punishes a disrespecting spectator while another clears out of a courtroom after an Ebola scare.
· Sudden Impact Premieres Wednesday, February 16 at 10:30/9:30c
The Parkland shooter launches a surprise attack on a security guard, and an angry ex lunges at a judge in a domestic violence hearing. A woman faints at her murder-for-hire plot sentencing, and thieves carry out a smash-and-grab spree at courthouse ATMs.
· Court of Public Opinion Premieres Wednesday, February 23 at 10/9c
A judge on a hot mic unleashes public outrage when his personal opinions go viral, and a man arrested for murder escapes an interrogation. A judge jails a victim of domestic violence, and an adorable Zoom mishap lights up the internet.
· Repeat Offender Premieres Wednesday, February 23 at 10:30/9:30c
Parents of a teacher and her teen victim square off at a scandalous sex trial, and prisoners flee a flimsy holding cell in Thailand. A judge punishes a belligerent defendant with hard time, and an X-rated screen name ticks off the judge in a Zoom hearing.