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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 Detective William Murdoch (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Inspector Thomas Brackenreid / ... (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Dr. Julia Ogden (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Constable George Crabtree (133 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Constable Henry Higgins (103 episodes, 2008-2016)
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 Dr. Emily Grace (65 episodes, 2012-2015)
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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 »

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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 likable premise, sagging under the weight of insufferable writing
5 June 2015 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

I love detective mysteries, and in particular I enjoy ones set in the Victorian era, so I admit with reluctance that Murdoch Mysteries almost makes me want to swear off both era and genre altogether. Almost. The main character is inarguably the smartest, most effective policeman in his station (regardless of how utterly cliché and guessable a great deal of the "mysteries" are), and yet he simply allows himself to be berated by his hot-headed, moronic boss and every other plot-device naysayer the writers can't seem to do without. This makes every episode's story flow painfully stuttered for no good reason, and also introduces a lot of aggravating, stereotypical suspects. The "idiot-driven plot" is par for the course with this show, sometimes getting so bad it becomes not so much a mystery as a game of monkey-in-the-middle, wherein the detective struggles to wrap up the case simply because everyone around him is obtusely and purposelessly unhelpful. CSI Miami's Horatio Caine would never stand for such hem-hawing idiocy, and Sherlock Holmes would deftly manipulate his way past them. John Murdoch simply looks politely perplexed and does nothing, which means we can only suffer in silence as it happens again and again. In addition to the clichés, generic plots, meek main character, and moronic background characters, we are also subject to never- ending soapboxing, and by insultingly anachronistic philosophies of the progressive persuasion. A good writer MAY be able to weave modern social issues into historical fiction in an intelligent, thoughtful way. The writers of this show approach such touchy material with the grace, talent and intelligence of a lobotomized democratic hippo on rollerskates in a China shop. Each subject is dealt with in such a crass, illogical, ham-fisted way, it makes me sincerely embarrassed for progressives. People back then simply did not speak or think the way they do in this show. Hell, I hardly see it now! It's insultingly dishonest, and I sincerely doubt it will change anyone's mindset. On top of that it makes for annoying, patronizing television. So there you have it: a nice premise, some nice characters, some nice costumes, some fun plots, idiotic writing, adequate-at-best acting, clichés galore, insufferable preachiness, often poor pacing, and a deficient level of suspense. Watch if you're bored.


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