Popular programs on the Court TV network, known as truTV as of 2015, include "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Forensic Files." The network originally featured continuous live trial coverage and then switched focus to crime-themed programs.
"Homicide: Life on the Street" follows a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit. The program's pilot originally aired on Jan. 31, 1991, and ran for seven seasons until May 21, 1999. The show was the first to win three Peabody Awards for drama, and it also won three Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Drama . The series breakout star was Andre Braugher, who went on to star as Captain Ray Holt in "Brooklyn-Nine-Nine."
"Forensic Files" is a documentary-style series in which forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, accidents and illnesses. The show was originally branded as "Medical Detectives" and aired on TLC before Court TV picked it up in the year 2000. The show originally aired on April 21, 1996 and ran until June 17, 2011, during which 400 episodes were produced. The show was an instant hit, as it first aired around the time of the O.J. Simpson murder trial that focused attention on forensic science.