Perception (2012–2015)
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Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases.


Alan Poul


Kenneth Biller (created by) (as Ken Biller), Michael Sussman (created by) (as Mike Sussman) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric McCormack ... Daniel Pierce
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Kate Moretti
Kelly Rowan ... Natalie Vincent
Arjay Smith ... Max Lewicki
Jonathan Scarfe ... Roger Probert
Jeremy Ratchford ... Detective Hammond
LeVar Burton ... Paul Haley
Colin Cunningham ... Gerard Permut
Ravi Patel ... Dr. Harvey Kapoor
Debra McCabe ... Pamela Weilman (as Debra Lynne McCabe)
Rick Roberts ... Philip Klane
Paul Essiembre ... Alan Dirk
Joanna Douglas ... Valerie Nelson
Paulino Nunes ... Dr. Martin Bryant
Kevin Hare ... Clark Weilman


Neurotic, eccentric Chicago neuroscience professor Daniel Pierce accepts assisting former favorite student Kate Moretti's FBI team with a mysterious murder. He starts by diagnosing the illogical confession pathologically invalid, then helps finding better suspects, strikingly fitting his anagrams and various 'intuition', while fighting off specters of his imagination is harder. Written by KGF Vissers

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At one point Dr. Pierce is shown watching what is supposed to be a Chicago Cubs spring training game on his TV. However, the game he is watching is actually being played in Wrigley Field in Chicago, with the ivy on the outfield wall in full bloom. He would have to be watching a game being played in the summertime during the regular season, in direct contradiction of the winter weather seen during the rest of the show. See more »


Daniel Pierce: Reality is a figment of your imagination. Who here hasn't woken up breathless from a nightmare and thought 'oh thank God it's just a dream'? That's because neurochemical impulses fire when we're dreaming or fantasizing or hallucinating are indistinguishable from the one's banging around inside our skulls when we actually experience those events. So... if what we perceive is often wrong, how can we ever know what's real? And what isn't.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Symphony No. 1
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Not bad at all for a pilot
10 July 2012 | by digitalbrianSee all my reviews

They say that most Pilots stink, but I have to say that this one is not one of them, what is more nuts than Columbo? well Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce a college professor who gets involved in FBI investigations thanks to his former student FBI Agent Kate Moretti delectable played by the always interesting Rachael Leigh Cook, I have followed Cook from the beginning of her career and if I am not mistaken she might finally have found a project where she can shine eternally.

If you like me like detective shows, then try this one, it is now on my DVR and I hope it continues to develop in direction it is, I have to say though if college professors are all as oddball as Dr. Daniel then American Education are truly in trouble.

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9 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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