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Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries

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  • Premiered: 
    January 24, 2008
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  • Network: Citytv
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

In the 1890s and early 1900s Toronto, Detective William Murdoch cracks the toughest cases using Steampunk technology, employing unorthodox methods of detection. Murdoch, a handsome detective, invents ingenious forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Based on Maureen Jennings's popular Detective Murdoch novels, MURDOCH MYSTERIES (initially called THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE in the U.S.) also features Murdoch's colleagues: Inspector Brackenreid, Murdoch's skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; feisty pathologist Dr. Emily Grace; and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden, a staunch ally who shares the detective's fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. After airing on City TV for the first five seasons, MURDOCH MYSTERIES moved to CBC for its sixth season, where it has aired since. When this one-hour series premiered in the United States on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, Ovation aired the series with the title THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE.

On Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, Ovation aired the U.S. premiere of the eighth season of this series. In the season opener, "On the Waterfront (Part 1)," Murdoch suspects the brutal murder of a waterfront merchant might be linked to the vicious assault on Inspector Brackenreid. Season 8 finds Detective Murdoch and his colleagues exploring the world of corsets, the Women's Suffrage Movement, Vaudeville, the silver boom in Northern Ontario, the rise of the automobile, and the early days of organized crime on the Toronto waterfront. The new season also delves into Detective Murdoch's origins, and features historical figures, including lawman, gunslinger, and sports writer Bat Masterson; President Teddy Roosevelt; Mark Twain; Thomas Edison and his son; and W.C. Fields.

Ovation broadcast the U.S. premiere of the series' ninth season on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Season 9 begins in the year 1903, with Detective Murdoch and his team -- Dr. Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid and Dr. Emily Grace -- continuing to solve the unsolvable and confronting each case with wit, wisdom and innovation. Season 9 also upholds the series' tradition of bringing historical figures to life. In the second episode, William Shatner portrays the beloved author and humorist Mark Twain.

On Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, Ovation aired the U.S. linear television premiere of the 18-episode 10th season of THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE, immediately following an all-day marathon (8am-7pm) of encore episodes. As Season 10 begins, Det. Murdoch is proceeding with plans to build a house and create a happy life for himself and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden. But unbeknownst to the detective, Ogden is suffering silently from guilt for killing her tormentor, the psychotic Eva Pearce. In an effort to distract herself from her anxiety, Ogden is introducing her newly-arrived friend Lady Suzanne Atherly and her daughter Elizabeth to Toronto society at a debutante ball. Unfortunately, the elegant event turns deadly when one of the ladies vying to marry Toronto's most eligible bachelor is murdered. The situation worsens when a destructive fire begins to rage throughout downtown Toronto, distracting the police from the case and putting Ogden in grave danger. As the season continues, Murdoch and Ogden must face the possibility that they sent the wrong man to prison for a murder when new forensic testing challenges their original evidence. The detective and doctor will also revisit a harrowing past case when they meet a murderer convinced he's possessed by the devil.

Season 11 premiered on Ovation on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10pm ET. The Season 10 finale saw the futures of Detective Murdoch and the heroes of Station House No. 4 in jeopardy amidst a corruption investigation gone awry. Season 11 picks up with the aftermath of the finale's events that left the lives of Murdoch's beloved Dr. Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid and Constables George Crabtree, Henry Higgins, and Slugger Jackson at stake and their fates unknown. Season 11 storylines will feature a number of Canadian and international historical figures, including physician William Osler and Helen Keller, the return of artist Tom Thomson, President Theodore Roosevelt, and Alexander Graham Bell. Season 11 begins with Murdoch jailed and framed for the murder of a burlesque dancer. His constables were gunned down in an ambush, Brackenreid was last seen with a gun to his head, and the corrupt politician and his cronies responsible kidnapped Ogden. Murdoch must prove his innocence from behind bars, as Detective Llewellyn Watts helps covertly to solve the case.

The 18-episode twelfth season of MURDOCH MYSTERIES had its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 7-9pm ET/4-6pm PT on Ovation, with back-to-back episodes. In Season 12, Murdoch and his wife, Julia Ogden, have reconciled after a miscarriage and built the dream home, designed by modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Ogden discovers a new passion and studies to be a surgeon, while Murdoch explores new prospects at work. Crabtree is nursing a broken heart and may be romantically doomed. Brackenreid's world is turned upside down when he's struck by personal and professional tragedy. Meanwhile, Higgins has become an insufferable snob as he readies to marry his socialite fiance. Watts finds his career jeopardized after he's involved in an altercation that leaves an ex-con dead. At the morgue, Violet Hart takes on more responsibilities and seeks a promotion.
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Season 13 of MURDOCH MYSTERIES had its U.S. linear television premiere on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 7-9pm ET/4-6pm PT, as Ovation debuted the first two episodes. Ovation debuts two new episodes each Saturday through March 28. The 18-episode new season follows Murdoch as he continues his deft detective work and bolsters his investigations with new innovations, including a "searchizer" device that measures facial features and matches them with existing police files. Unfortunately, he is still rattled by suspicions about Violet Hart's appointment to coroner and doesn't completely trust her abilities or motives. The station also sees a new addition with Special Constable Robert Parker, an African American former Pinkerton who went from suspect in a union murder to helping solve the case. Meanwhile Dr. Julie Ogden is happily settled into her role as a full-time surgeon at Toronto Mercy Hospital but is surprised by the attentions of her colleague Dr. Andrew Dixon. This season had its U.S. premiere on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, when Acorn TV released the first two episodes, with subsequent episodes debuting weekly on Mondays through April 13, which means Acorn TV presents the U.S. premiere of the first 13 episodes, and Ovation has the U.S. premiere of the final five episodes of the new season.

Episodes debut on Ovation on these days and times:

"Troublemakers" (Saturday, February 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): Murdoch investigates an explosion at a suffrage rally attended by Dr. Talbot (Claire Goose) and Julia, after a man dies.

"Bad Pennies" (Saturday, February 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): When a dockworker is shot, Murdoch pursues an elusive witness and learns anti-union thugs may be involved.

"Forever Young" (Saturday, February 8 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): Murdoch investigates the bizarre murder of a young woman who disappeared a decade earlier yet somehow hasn't aged a day.

"Prodigal Father" (Saturday, February 8 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): A death at an investment event leads Crabtree to the father he never knew. And Murdoch to suspect he may be culpable. *Directed by series star Yannick Bisson!

"Murdoch and the Cursed Caves" (Saturday, February 15 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): An adventure in the woods turns scary when Murdoch, Ogden, Higgins, and Ruth (Siobhan Murphy) are stalked by a beast that killed two men.

"The Philately Fatality" (Saturday, February 15 at 8pm ET / 4pm PT): When a stamp enthusiast is murdered, Murdoch wonders if it was for his collection of unique stamps or lovers.

"Toronto the Bad" (Saturday, February 22 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): While moonlighting as a cab driver, Higgins finds a dead passenger in the backseat.

"The Final Curtain" (Saturday, February 22 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): An actor is killed during a play featuring John Brackenreid (Charles Vandervaart) and attended by Murdoch, Ogden, Crabtree, and John's parents.

"The Killing Dose" (Saturday, February 29 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): After a young woman is critically injured from a fall, Murdoch and Ogden suspect her family is complicit.

"Parker in the Rye" (Saturday, February 29 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): When a whiskey baron and his family are murdered, Murdoch puts Parker (Marc Senior) in the cells with a hitman to see who hired him.

"Staring Blindly into the Future" (Saturday, March 7 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): In the 200th episode, Murdoch investigates the disappearances of Nikola Tesla (Dmitry Chepovetsky) and Marie Curie (Eva Placzynska) from a conference of 20th century innovators.

"Fox Hunt" (Saturday, March 7 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): When a body is found during a fox hunt Murdoch and Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) suspect a group opposed to the sport is responsible.

"Kill Thy Neighbor" (Saturday, March 14 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): Suspicions fall on Murdoch when his unpleasant neighbor is murdered.

"Rigid Silence" (Saturday, March 14 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): When Murdoch and Ogden investigate a prison inmate's suspicious suicide, they discover rival gangs in the jail.

"The Trial of Terrance Meyers" (Saturday, March 21 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): When Terrence Meyers (Peter Keleghan) faces charges of treason, Murdoch and Ogden are named as accomplices.

"In the Company of Women" (Saturday, March 21 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): Ogden and Effie try to untangle the death of a hair salon owner that occurred outside Murdoch's jurisdiction.

"Things Left Behind" (Saturday, March 28 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT): Murdoch suspects a colleague has ties to a murder, Ogden flirts with danger, and Crabtree meets an intense fan.

"The Future is Unwritten" (Saturday, March 28 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT): After a shocking death, Murdoch is convinced someone close to Station House No. 4 is involved.

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Other Titles

  • Through Season 11, aired in the U.S. with the title: The Artful Detective

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