Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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There is disagreement whether Toronto should continue with Edison's DC system or Nikola Tesla's AC system, differences that seemingly result in murder.


Farhad Mann


Maureen Jennings (characters), Bob Carney (as R.B. Carney) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Nikola Tesla
Tamara Hope ... Edna Garrison
Patrick Garrow ... Allen Fawkes
A.C. Peterson ... Edwin Dodd (as Alan C. Peterson)
David Huband ... Daniel Pratt
Kristin Fairlie ... Petunia
Tamsen McDonough ... Alice Howard


It's 1895 and Toronto City Council is considering changing its electricity supply from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) to take advantage of the new electric generation plant at Niagara Falls. There's a lot of money at stake and the owner of Toronto Electric and Light, Daniel Pratt, has been holding public demonstrations on the dangers of AC current by electrocuting dogs. When Miss Toronto Electric and Light, Alice Howard, is electrocuted at one of these demonstrations, Detective William Murdoch cannot help but wonder if she was murdered. Assisted by the local coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and inventor Nikola Tesla, Murdoch applies his scientific approach to policing to solve the crime. Constable George Crabtree meanwhile pursues his own theory that animal rights activists may have been behind the death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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This episode takes place in June 1895. See more »


The dog to be executed was placed inside a metal cage. This would act as a Faraday cage and actually protect the dog. This would have been know at the time the show is set and certainly would have been discovered during previous demonstrations. See more »


Nikola Tesla: [to Murdoch] Alternating current doesn't need to bribe its way into the future. Logic and history compel it to.
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An Encounter with Electricity
10 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is the maiden voyage for this series which involves a young police detective, Murdoch, who is gifted in the sciences. It takes place in Toronto in the 1890's and the principle character uses methods that are far beyond the normal scope of a routine police officer. There are some stretches here. The story begins with a big controversy as to whether the Alternating Current is dangerous to society which has relied strictly on battery power to this point. Even that is new technology. During a demonstration of the evils of AC, the woman who pulls he switch during that demonstration is electrocuted. Murdoch sets about trying to do what police do. He is fortunate for who should be on the scene but Nicola Tesla, one of his heroes. The involve themselves with electrical experiments that help to explain what happened to the young woman and why. We are also introduced to other characters who will involve themselves with Murdoch. There is also a little romance thing between a young female suspect and Constable Crabtree. He is an ingratiating character and the byplay is good fun.

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24 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)| Dolby Digital (Stereo)



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16 : 9
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