Airs: CBC (Yes, that is a Canadian channel. No, I don’t get it) and Netflix
Review: Season 1+
The best way to describe Murdoch Mysteries is to call it CSI: Toronto. A detective, William Murdoch, in Toronto uses science to solve murders. What sets it apart from the CSI franchise is that it is set in the late 19th century. Murdoch uses cutting-edge technology, like finger printing and X-rays, to solve crimes.
The best part of the show is definitely the characters. They are more than likable, even if they are a bit cliché. Why shouldn’t we like them? They’re Canadian. Have you ever met a Canadian you didn’t like? Sure, there was probably that one French Canadian guy that was a bit arrogant, but he was mostly harmless.
If I have a complaint, though, while I am sure all the technology existed back then, it does feel like a bit of a stretch that one man knows about all of it. It is a small quibble and easily ignored.
While this is a procedural, I would much rather watch Murdoch Mysteries than CSI: Butte starring John Wayne and Audrey Hepburn (actually that does sound kind of good, just don’t tell CBS – they’d probably try to make it, despite the obvious difficulties with the stars)
WWYT Rating: 7.5
Nielsen Ratings: Is Canadian.
Renewal Chances: Is Canadian, also has 8+ seasons.