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16 Reasons Everyone Should Be Watching "Murdoch Mysteries"

Because if you're not watching, you're seriously missing out.

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Which is a TRAVESTY. Here's why you — and everyone else — should be paying attention:

1. If solely for Yannick Bisson.

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And main character detective William Murdoch himself. Yannick Bisson is totally convincing in the role as the ahead-of-his-time detective.

Plus he looks like that. Which doesn't hurt, tbh.

2. And the on-again-off-again love story between Detective Murdoch and Dr. Julia Ogden.

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3. The fact that there even is a Dr. JULIA Ogden on this show.

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Because for a show set in the late 19th Century, that's quite a wonderful thing.

4. And then, as if that isn't enough, they add a new medical examiner: Dr. Emily Grace.

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Just making us fall more in love.

5. In fact, the show really does push the boundaries of its time in an amazing way.

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Even though Det. Murdoch has some pretty solid Victorian sensibilities in the beginning, storylines exploring homosexuality, racism, and women's rights encouraged Murdoch to re-evaluate his beliefs. It's intriguing and Murdoch usually ends up with quite "modern" ideas.

6. Murdoch is SO ahead of his time.

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In one episode, "Monsieur Murdoch", Det. Murdoch actually devises a way to send a facsimile of a photograph over telegram. So...he basically sent a fax. In the 1890s.

7. And the show constantly pokes fun at its modern viewers.

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Constable George Crabtree: Sirs, you called for me?

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Ah, Crabtree. We wanted to compliment you on a fine piece of work.

Detective William Murdoch: Yes.

Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Even if your diligence did uncover that professional wrestling is a sham.

Detective William Murdoch: Yes, I doubt fans will continue to follow it so feverishly once the truth reaches them.

...

You've got us there, Detective.

8. Inspector Brackenreid's gruff, let's-get-down-to-business character is the perfect foil for the composed and often stiff-mannered Det. Murdoch.

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He and Constable Crabtree provide some fantastic moments of comic relief.

9. The costumes are always on point.

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And will immediately transport you to turn-of-the-century Toronto.

10. Crabtree's theories are very ...imaginative.

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11. And the sub-storyline of him as a mystery novelist is always worth rooting for.

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We got you, Crabtree.

12. The cast chemistry is sizzling.

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They have fun at work, we have fun watching. Win-win.

13. Some pretty cool actors drop by for special cameos!

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Yes, that's William Shatner, who'll be playing Mark Twain in an upcoming episode.

14. The show stays fresh by always bringing in new characters.

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Because it's essentially a police procedural, we get to meet new faces every episode.

15. And that leads us to...THE ACTUAL MYSTERIES.

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Crazy things happened in Toronto the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And Murdoch's going to get to the bottom of THEM ALL!

16. Like, if you thought a turn-of-the-century detective show would be boring, think again.

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It's anything but.

Murders, disappearances, family secrets, political espionage, double lives, and everything else that still goes down today but in PERIOD COSTUMES!

Ah-ma-zing.

Murdoch Mysteries airs on CBC in Canada and Ovation Network in the USA. You can also catch up on all the seasons on iTunes.

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