In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.
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Series cast summary:
 Detective William Murdoch (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
 Inspector Thomas Brackenreid / ... (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
 Dr. Julia Ogden (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
 Constable George Crabtree (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
 Constable Henry Higgins (103 episodes, 2008-2016)
 Dr. Emily Grace (65 episodes, 2012-2015)


In the late 1890s, police Detective William Murdoch takes a new, more scientific approach to solving crimes. Assisted by coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and Constable George Crabtree, Murdoch introduces such concepts as finger marks and lie detecting machines. He has the support of his somewhat doubtful superior, Inspector Brackenreid, though at times, even he finds Murdoch's methods - and claims - somewhat astounding. Written by garykmcd

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In the season 2 episode 2 Inspector Brackenreid says he is from Doncaster, England. In real life, Thomas Craig, who plays the inspector was actually born in Sheffield, England; the two places are only 25 miles away from each other. See more »


Constable Crabtree has written a book, and Inspector Brackenreid asks for a signed copy. Crabtree opens the book, dips his pen in the ink well, signs the book, closes it without using a blotter and hands it to Inspector Brackenreid. See more »

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A fine series with a charming lead
1 May 2010 | by (Calgary AB Canada) – See all my reviews

Having neither read the books nor seen the original television movies, I come to the series with unbiased (if ignorant) eyes. My wife and I, who lived briefly in Toronto, are both charmed by Murdoch and his slightly daft colleagues. "Charmed" is the word, for we find the actors, scripts, clothing, details and the City of Toronto itself charming. The bigotry faced by a Catholic detective in the city of the Family Compact rings very true as does Murdoch's gentle piety, a refreshing change in today's detective shows. It is a bit mystery, a bit soap opera, a bit character study and a lot of fun. We, at least, have been captivated by William Murdoch as portrayed by Yannick Bisson, a character who is a genuinely honest, gentle and quiet man of strength facing ethical, moral, professional and legal challenges in each episode. George Crabtree and the Inspector become more interesting as time goes on. The corruption of Toronto and Ontario politics hides behind several episodes while the turn of the 20th century fascination with science and "the coming thing", as Brisco County Junior would say, gives some lightness to the whole thing. In the final analysis it is the interplay of characters, centred on the troubled but charming Murdoch himself, that elevates the Murdoch Mysteries to the level of Midsomer, Taggert or Poirot. A fine series and not only for Canadians.

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