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Secret Cult Of Murdoch Mysteries Revealed In Fanvid Playlist

Steampunk CSI, Flamboyant Fashionplate Victoriana, Cozy Sherlockian Whodunits, Epic Angsty Romance, Occasional Surrealist Symbolism, Noir Charmant, whatever the hell the quirky Canadian cult show Murdoch Mysteries is, it's so underground in the U.S., most people wouldn't be able to find it right in front of them with a flashlight. Here's a quick introduction to my fave TV show ever, conveyed via fan-made videos.

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Murdoch Mysteries: Damn Proud to be Canadian!

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This video is the most excellent short description of Murdoch Mysteries, professional or fan-made, and I love that it underscores the Canadian setting. After watching a few episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, you will start to embrace Toronto no matter where in the world you are watching from. The person who made this video, qumquat, seems to be a mad genius, and is responsible for several of my favorite fan vids.

OMG SO CUTE - LEGO MURDOCH MYSTERIES!

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This was made by a kid, and it's pure genius. Many of the major elements and regular characters of a Murdoch Mysteries episode are in there, including a brief romantic fling. Keep your hat on, Detective Murdoch!

Murdoch Mysteries: Sexcapades~

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While the quiet and proper Detective William Murdoch may seem like the last person to be ready to get his freak on, his adventures - both in the workplace and in his personal life will give you a whole new view of late Victorian society. Mad genius qumquat captures William's general bafflement as he explores some of the seedier human motives, and he engages with his own passion for a woman that might be a bit too Modern for him: the coroner, Dr. Julia Ogden.

Murdoch Mysteries: Official Season 7 Trailer

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Official Murdoch Mysteries trailer for Season 7 - promised big things to come!

Murdoch Mysteries: Murdoch in Toyland Epic Summary (Beware Spoilers)

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This is a hyper-melodramatic episode summary set to music. This episode includes Detective Murdoch's very own "Moriarity", James Gillies. This also might give you a sense of where all the angst is in the show, when it seems like such a light and fun affair if you view a single episode.

Murdoch Mysteries: A Light-Hearted Episode in a Nutshell (Here Be Spoilers)

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This is a musical summary of an episode of Murdoch Mysteries that was also a bit of a send up of Murdoch Mysteries. Watch this to get a taste of the lighter, verging on fantastical, side of this series. What's not to love!

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 6 in 5 Minutes Scored to Moby

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Why stop at a summary of an episode when you can get a summary of a whole season? This is what happened during Season 6 of Murdoch Mysteries, compressed into 5 minutes and scored to Moby. I want whatever crack elise is on.

Detective William Murdoch = Detective Gadget

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Somebody had to do it. Detective Murdoch doing his gadgety thing with gadgets to the theme of Detective Gadget. The supreme insider joke.

Murdoch Mysteries: Dr. Julia Ogden - Woman of Action!

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Murdoch Mysteries is set in the Victorian/Belle Epoque/Edwardian era, so the female characters are just supposed to wear outlandish frou-frou hats and strike a pose, right? Not so fast. This is the era of the New Woman, the educated woman, the professional woman, and soon-to-be voting woman. Detective Murdoch has his eye on one particular New Woman - the spunky coroner Dr. Julia Ogden. She's a Modern woman, and a Woman of Action!

Murdoch Mysteries: BAMFy Women Before You Were Born!

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The women on Murdoch Mysteries kick ass, and the men respect and love them for it: in the late Victorian/Edwardian era. You gotta love it.

Murdoch Mysteries: Law on a Bicycle!

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The iconic thing about Murdoch mysteries (besides Detective Murdoch's homburg) is that the law arrives by bicycle. Not flashy sports car. Not rearing stallion. Bicycle. There is something surrealist about that. Methinks there is also an echo of The Prisoner, and, with the homburg, some triangulation with The Adjustment Bureau. Anyway the image of Detective Murdoch in his homburg bicycling to the scene of the crime is what sticks with you. This video, by mad genius qumquat/cosmiccalvalcade offers homage to the bicycle.

Murdoch Mysteries: George Crabtree - World's Best Sidekick?

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George Crabtree is loyal, funny, and he does all the digging. He's the perfect foil for the ultra-serious Detective Murdoch. Also he's going to be richer than Bill Gates one day because he knows how to pick stocks. Anyway this video shows George being the lovable, hilarious sidekick that he is.

Murdoch Mysteries: Let's Toast to That!

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elise makes theme vids on Murdoch Mysteries fashion, modes of transport, phrases, echoes of vintage postcards, etc. This "food and drink" vid is a great example.

Murdoch Mysteries - What's in Detective Murdoch's Pocket?!

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You never know what you what Detective Murdoch will pull out of his pocket!

Murdoch Mysteries: Historical Setting Explored Via Vintage Postcards~

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Murdoch Mysteries has won accolades for its historical accuracy as well as it's high production quality. elise1898 made a series of videos that compared scenes in the show with vintage postcards from Toronto and the era in general. What a treat!

Murdoch Mysteries Code Name: The Artful Detective

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Ancient reruns of Murdoch Mysteries actually do air in the U.S. on Ovation TV...under the secret code name "The Artful Detective". Don't ask me why Ovation TV doesn't want anybody to be able to find Murdoch Mysteries: perhaps they want the sweet quirky-angsty goodness all to themselves?

Murdoch Mysteries: WTF Was That Crypto Porn?

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During Season 7 there was one episode of Murdoch Mysteries called "Journey to the Centre of Toronto" that featured a mole machine and the Hollow Earth theory. Curiously, the more you watch it, the more, erm, symbolic it gets. Since this is the era of Freud, the discovery of the unconscious, relativity/quantum freakiness...perhaps a collective externalization of Victorian repression? Whatever the writers meant by this - hilarious!

Murdoch Mysteries: Detective Murdoch Gets All the Girls

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For such a seemingly reserved and shy guy, Detective Murdoch is a ridiculous chick magnet. Seriously: the ladies hanker after him and hang all over him, and he barely seems to notice (unless it's a certain coroner named Dr. Ogden...). Someone had to make a vid in tribute to Detective Murdoch's general sex appeal, and that someone was AmberL27.

Murdoch Mysteries: Victorian Top Cops!

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Techtra3 is a prolific Murdoch Mysteries vidder. She usually makes vids in the romance category, but here she breaks out into the buddy cop genre! Bring on the bromance!

Murdoch Mysteries OTP: For Rabid Shippers Only

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Over the arc of 7 seasons, the William/Julia OTP is the most angsty and pitfall-fraught ship since Buffy pushed Angel into the Hell Mirror. And thanks to the Victorian backdrop, the Murdoch Mysteries fandom can sport the proud tagline, "We don't ship them, we Luxury Cruise them!" (Credit: Bloupine, Tumblr). Guess which mad genius also made my favorite shipper vid?

Murdoch Mysteries: Touched - Beautiful International Shipper Vid

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I originally posted this vid because I was impressed by the various languages in the comments. Czech Republic?! I'm not sure why it didn't immediately hook me: perhaps the flashing images at the start take a few viewings to get used to. But this vid really grew on me, and I kept bumping it up the list. The song choice is awesome, and I the clips aren't just patched together in the usual fanvid way: they are manipulated in with various creative techniques. Now that I've watched it about a million times - and it is worth watching that many times - this vid is in my top 5.

Murdoch Mysteries: Julia's Epic Wrong Move (Spoiler)

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While Murdoch Mysteries is a reliably good detective/police procedural with quirky steampunk features in a historical setting, there's also an ongoing love story for viewers who are into that sort of thing. While most TV shows offer a love interest, the creative team behind Murdoch Mysteries threw a surprising - I would go so far as to say unimaginable - curve ball a few seasons into the series. This video evokes the regrets around a bad, but irreversible, decision.

Murdoch Mysteries: Slash Friendly?

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The William/Julia OTP force is strong with Murdoch Mysteries, but there are several possibilities for slash holdouts. This video portrays one.

Murdoch Mysteries: Shipper on Speed!

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I'm adding a couple of other shipper videos just for the sake of honoring different contributors in the fan community. Sweetiepie experimented with this hyper style in a few vids, and I like it!

Murdoch Mysteries: Outstanding New Shipper Vid!

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Just when you thought you'd had it with cliche shipper vids, here comes a new sheriff in town! I hope she makes more!

Murdoch Mysteries: Shipper Brooding/Angst Mode~

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Did I mention the Murdoch Mysteries romantic arc is quite troubled and angsty? To the casual viewer Murdoch Mysteries seems like a light-hearted detective/police procedural show set in historical Toronto, but dedicated fans really get some deep backstory to chew over.

Murdoch Mysteries: The Wedding of the Turn of the Century goes Horribly Wrong!

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Well, everyone knew something bad was going to happen...but this apocalyptic? LOL!

Look's like William is going to need Julia's psychoanalytic services after this episode. Good thing the timing was right for Julia herself to have been analyzed by Freud in Vienna - right along side with "Dora's Case".

The Murdoch Mysteries Curse (Spoilers)

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If you're a shipper, this video will spoil the entire series for you - so turn away if you want to watch Detective Murdoch's relationship with Dr. Julia Ogden gradually blossom over 8 seasons. If you're already a Murdoch Mysteries fan, you know about the curse of the engagement ring: this melancholy video follows the saga of that curse over the years.

Death Stalks Detective Murdoch

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Detective Murdoch's magic homburg can only protect him so much! This video celebrates(?) his many brushes with death. Creepy!

Murdoch Mysteries: William and Julia's Kisses Seasons 1-7

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Oh hell, while I'm posting shipper videos, I might as well post this vid of William/Julia kisses Season 1-7. Viewers particularly interested in romance might want to use this as a guide to which episodes to watch first. The music reminds me of a sleazy 70s porno, though, lol.

Murdoch Mysteries: William Decks Darcy in Slow Motion!

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There are a lot of crazy fan vid artifacts on YouTube: not just homemade music videos. There are slow motion love scenes, favorite scenes run on infinite loops, collections of funny clips. And, of course, there are epic moments, like this example, where the proper-by-definition Detective Murdoch finally loses it and punches out...well, someone who deserves it. Qumquat memorialized that moment in slow motion.

Don't even get me started about all the animated gifs and re-captioned pictures on Tumblr.

Murdoch Mysteries: Julia Walks Away

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Sorry, sorry. It's another shipper video. I just didn't have anything in her by Lorelei yet. And this one is good enough to be in my Murdoch Mysteries playlist.

Murdoch Mysteries: A Melancholy Shipper Video

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I might as well just add the rest of my playlist. This one has a sad song, for when William and Julia were going through a very sad time.

Murdoch Mysteries: Yet Another Shipper Video

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Same old luxury cruise. But qumquat made it!

Murdoch Mysteries: Tears (Angsty Shipper Vid)

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I don't know how I missed pensiero8603 on my first pass of this list, because he/she made quite a few angsty shipper vids. Me likey~

Murdoch Mysteries - Tribute to Tess, Lady Detective!

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Tess, the Lady Detective wannabe, only appeared in one episode of Murdoch Mysteries, but she was certainly memorable, and some fans (including me) still ship her with Constable Crabtree. This is a tribute vid to everyone's favorite Lady Detective!

Murdoch Mysteries (Happy Joy Joy Shipper Vid!)

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Here's an exuberantly happy shipper vid. It was a tough choice between this one and another one missie-stark made that had an unusual music choice (ragtime). But this was the better vid construction-wise. I hope she considers re-editing the ragtime one, though: that's a terrific idea!

Murdoch Mysteries: Bloodlust in Slow Motion

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Oh yeah, we needed this in slow mo. And looped.

Murdoch Mysteries: Language of Flowers and Symbolism

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This is really a shipper video, but the line about the salvias reminded me to mention how pleasant it is to discover the use of symbols in Murdoch Mysteries, including their clever use of the "language of flowers" (not always announced as it is here). Regarding other symbols, I'm particularly fond of Detective Murdoch's magic homburg, which appears, wherever he is in the world, whenever he needs to regain his powers of Victorian Propriety. On the forum there is some sort of discussion about the symbolism of William's tie going on right now, too.

Murdoch Mysteries "Super Shipper" Vid?!

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This person gave fair warning that this vid is for "super shippers" only! lol? Well it gave me the warm and tinglies. You be the judge.

Murdoch Mysteries: The Story As Told by Britney Spears (So Wrong!)

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OMG, qumquat is right Britney does tell it like it happened! I need some ganja now.

Murdoch Mysteries: Super Cute Shipper Video

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I know, when will the shipper videos end...

Answer: Never!

Murdoch Mysteries: A Nostalgic and Pleasant Shipper Video

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What can I say, I'm a sucker for shipper vids.

Murdoch Mysteries: Still Shipping Bubblegum Style

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Shipper vids like these are practically crack vids - the music is just wrong. But I guess if you like the song and the clips work, it's kind of funny.

Murdoch Mysteries: George Crabtree is too Sexy for this Vid!

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ROTFLMAO! Most creative pairing of song and subject!

Too bad Amber missed George's sexy "calendar model" pose in Season 7!

Murdoch Mysteries: Emily Grace and George Crabtree (Shipper Vid)

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Murdoch Mysteries has a much celebrated grand romantic arc, but there are also some other ships afloat on this show. Emily/George is a popular one, and has been validated in canon. (I prefer to believe Emily Grace is a sapphist, though).

Murdoch Mysteries Parisian Style (Shipper)

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While Murdoch Mysteries is little known in the U.S., it has a very enthusiastic fandom in Europe - especially England and France. It just occurred to me to search YouTube for Les Enquêtes de Murdoch, and this was the first vid that came up. This video uses scenes from The Murdoch Effect - a web series that sends Detective Murdoch into the present day.

Murdoch Mysteries - Happy Couples

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Various happy couples strolling about! Nice to see Inspector and Mrs. Brackenreid get some play!

Murdoch Mysteries Ice Bucket Challenge: Someone Forgot to Shout Gardyloo!

Time Lords may have been involved in enabling Detective Murdoch to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Elsewhere I've developed a whole theory about this based on evidence of advanced technology that have accumulated around the character of Emily Grace.

Murdoch Mysteries: Cute French Girl Gives Live Review

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This is beyond adorable! If you love watching cute blond girls with French accents talk about their favorite TV shows, then here is one giving her live review of why she loves Murdoch Mysteries.

Murdoch Mysteries: A French Commercial (Les Enquêtes de Murdoch)

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Anyone want to hear Yannick Bisson (Detective Murdoch) speak French? The comments are also hilarious as the French audience struggles to figure out that he's speaking French with a Quebec accent.

If You Were Watching Murdoch Mysteries on Crack

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If you were watching Murdoch Mysteries on crack, it would look something like this.

Murdoch Mysteries: lolwut, I don't even know what this is...

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Don't watch this if you have epilepsy. I think it's a mini crack vid?

Murdoch Mysteries - And Then This Happened (Slash Warning)

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One of the things I love about Murdoch Mysteries is it's not American-style "gritty realism": instead Murdoch Mysteries has style. But that doesn't mean the writers can't go there, have that, and do any damn thing they please. In a way the style of Murdoch Mysteries tends to lure the audience into complacency, so it's all the more shocking when someone explodes or a head ends up on a platter.

Mr. and Mrs. Brackenreid

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YMMV on the song choice here, but respect must be paid to the fact this is the only video to take on the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Brackenreid. Inspector Brackenreid is a central character on Murdoch Mysteries, and his relationship with the plucky Mrs. Brackenreid is colorful to say the least! They've certainly spent enough time "repairing their marriage" behind closed doors in Mr. B's office to merit their own video!

Shipper Video Buried in Depths of YouTube

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Interestingly some Murdoch Mysteries vids no longer come up on searches, but they are on old playlists. ILoveJohnDye is otherwise unrepresented here, so I'll add this vid. He/she also posted a number of love scene clips on YouTube.

I believe this, and the following three vids, may have been made by Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye fans who followed Yannick Bisson to his new show, since the music choices seem to belong more to that show. But I'm including these in order to represent a full spectrum of the Murdoch Mysteries vidding community.

Another Ancient Shipper Video Excavated on YouTube

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This vid has over 30k views, even though the music suggests "Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye"!

Another Ancient Shipper Video Excavated on YouTube

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Another vid transitioning from Sue Thomas F.B. Eye to Murdoch Mysteries...

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