Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) of the Toronto police department pushes the boundaries of Victorian-era criminal science to solve baffling murders in this smart, compelling series. Season 4 pits the kindhearted cop against a would-be vampire, a costumed killer, and ruthless mobsters, inspiring him to whip up a slew of innovative crime-fighting techniques along the way. But while Murdoch nabs the culprits with the help of politically ambitious Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Where the Heart Is) and eager Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching), he struggles to subdue his feelings for former sweetheart Dr. Julia Ogden (Gemini® winner Helene Joy, Durham County). Nominated for 25 Gemini® awards, Murdoch Mysteries is a good-humored twist on crime procedurals. 13 episodes, approx. 10 hours, 4 DVD or 3 Blu-ray discs, SDH.
Episode 1: All Tattered and Torn
The discovery of dismembered body parts encased in a concrete block poses a seemingly impenetrable mystery, but Murdoch chips away at the case, despite the resistance of prickly pathologist Dr. Llewellyn Francis. The detective soon unearths clues to a decades-old crime with unlikely accomplices.
Episode 2: Kommando
A dead soldier found hanging from a tree with his head twisted 180 degrees points Murdoch to a secret plot in the Canadian military. The investigation puts the constabulary at odds with both the British and Canadian armed forces and prompts an unlikely alliance between Murdoch and Dr. Francis.
Episode 3: Buffalo Shuffle
Murdoch reunites with his old flame, Dr. Julia Ogden, in Buffalo, New York, to investigate the death of a young patient. In short order, Murdoch's feelings for Julia heat up, as do suspicions surrounding one of Ogden's colleagues. In Toronto, a constabulary break-in raises troubling questions.
Episode 4: Downstairs, Upstairs
Wealthy patriarch Percival Jenkins is found facedown in a bowl of porridge, pulling Murdoch into a world of privilege and resentment. Murdoch untangles the twisted web connecting the servants and family members and finds that each has a motive to kill the master of the manor.
Episode 5: Monsieur Murdoch
The disappearance of a visiting Parisian girl thrusts Murdoch into an odd partnership with French Detective Marcel Guillaume, a real-life inspiration for the fictional Inspector Maigret. Brackenreid, meanwhile, ponders a political career.
Episode 6: Dead End Street
Murdoch suspects that a detailed miniature streetscape of a Toronto neighborhood contains clues to a homicide. But the artist is an "idiot savant," unable to finger the killer. It's up to Murdoch to get a clear picture of a street roiling with conflict, deceit, and murder.
Episode 7: Confederate Treasure
Murdoch's investigation into the murder of a defense minister raises the hackles of the detective's rival, spy Terrence Meyers. Could the inquiry ignite war with the United States? The explosive revelations put Murdoch's technical wizardry to the test in a race for Civil War booty.
Episode 8: Dial M for Murdoch
A phone operator with a penchant for amateur sleuthing claims she overheard the strangulation death of a young woman. Is the wannabe detective crying wolf, or is a real predator on the loose in Toronto? Murdoch taps into the phone system to prevent a killer from striking again.
Episode 9: The Black Hand
Murdoch's old friend Anna Fulford gets engaged to a New York businessman, but plans for Niagara nuptials come crashing down when Anna's fiance turns up dead. Murdoch suspects the Black Hand, a ruthless pre-Mafia organization. Can Murdoch keep Anna safe from murderous mobsters?
Episode 10: Voices
Religion forms an unholy union with murder when a priest's corpse turns up in a convent overseen by someone closely connected to Murdoch. The detective learns that the victim isn't who he appears to be, and a cloistered nun has divine revelations that may provide clues to the murder.
Episode 11: Bloodlust
Toronto or Transylvania? A dead body's dramatic blood loss shines light on a vampire craze among schoolgirls inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Murdoch tracks a fanged suspect, despite lurid stories by Toronto Gazette reporter Paddy Glynn and the incredulity of Inspector Brackenreid.
Episode 12: Kissing Bandit
A dashing masked robber steals from banks and gives to the poor a la Robin Hood, but Toronto is no Sherwood Forest. Undaunted by the sensational reporting of Paddy Glynn or the detective's longing for soon-to-be-wed Dr. Ogden, Murdoch doggedly probes the crimes.
Episode 13: Murdoch in Wonderland
Murdoch steps through the looking glass when he awakens to find he's a suspect in a murder committed during the previous night's Alice in Wonderland party. As Dr. Ogden's wedding to Dr. Darcy Garland nears, she faces her own struggle upon learning of Murdoch's feelings for her.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 624 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1080p/16:9
"Smart, fast-paced fun" -- The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"Stylish period thriller" - The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"If you haven't seen it, you must." --The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"Truly outstanding" --The Fort Bend/Southwest Star
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (2009)
Gemini Award Winner for Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series (2008)
Gemini Award Winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Gavin Crawford, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Achievement in Casting (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Achievement in Make-up (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Series (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Thomas Craig, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by and Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Jonny Harris, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Dmitry Chepovetsky, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Stephen McHattie, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Vincent Walsh, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by and Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Kate Trotter, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (2008)