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Have You Ever Really Wondered What Life Was Like in the Late 19th to Early 20th Century? Watch Murdoch Mysteries!

Updated on June 2, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

As you watch this TV Series, now available on DVD, you will be amazed, shocked and fascinated at the same time. You will be amazed at some of the things that were a big deal back then - like photography. 

You will be shocked at how women's rights were non-existent (although in some eastern countries today that is still the same) and the fact that they were considered nothing more than pretty faces and 'baby making machines'. You will be fascinated by the clothes, tools, implements, manner of speaking and doing things etc.

The story revolves around a 19th century police detective based in Toronto, Canada, Detective William Murdoch, who uses intuition and uncanny skills to solve murders, since he doesn't have all the fancy modern forensic tools used by detectives today. His close companion and romantic interest is Dr. Julia Ogden, who works in a morgue and often assists him with her examination and observation of the murdered victims. She is not your typical 19th century woman, though, as she often challenges the status quo and she is a highly intellectual woman who boldly expresses her views.

Detective William Murdoch (brilliantly played by Yannick Bisson) is also the perfect gentleman and very diplomatic, unlike his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (played by Thomas Craig) who can be very abrasive at times, would really love to be high profile and loves whiskey a wee tad too much.

There's usually an odd character too, intended to make you roll your eyes or chuckle and that's Constable George Crabtree (played by Jonny Harris) who comes up with the oddest of theories. He does, however, manage to come up with a good suggestion now and then.  Is Constable Crabtree falling for the new doctor, Doctor Emily Grace (played by Georgina Reilly)?

Whenever I watch Murdoch Mysteries, I am always reminded to say 'Thank You' for the many privileges that I enjoy today without even giving them a second thought.

It's a nice time travel, from the comfort of your home, into the late 19th to early 20th century and life as it was back then. There's never a dull moment, since in each episode there are several stories running parallel to each other and a touch of romance ever present between Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden.

In one moving episode that has stayed with me, Doctor Julia Ogden (well played by the lovely H©lne Joy) is teaching contraception methods to the women who come to her clinic after one woman pours out her heart to Dr. Ogden about how exhausted she is now that she is about to give birth to her, I think it was, 10th child.

Nowadays woman have so many contraception options that they can choose, whether it is natural family planning, as advocated by the Catholic Church, or contraception through various devices or special medication.

The BIG question is: "When will Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden get to finally be together?" Excited viewers, like me, were distressed when Julia married Darcy because she grew weary of waiting for her 'William' to pop the question.

Poor Darcy! He never had a chance!  We all wanted things to go badly between him and Julia.  We eventually got our wish...but with a big hitch - Darcy refused to give her a divorce because he knows that she wants to marry Detective William Murdoch.

As I write this review, Murdoch Mysteries is in its 8th Season, because it has become so addicting and of course successfully profitable for the networks.   Who would have guessed that people would be as interested as I am in how life was in the late 19th century?

Find out what happens next in this fascinating Canadian Crime Drama Mystery Series set in the late 19th to early 20th Century.

Watch the interaction between Julia & William in Season 7.

The actual Canadian Prime Minister made an appearance!

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Play Catch-Up With Murdoch Mysteries!


you're too far behind if you have not seen Season 4 as yet!

Murdoch Mysteries, Season Five
Murdoch Mysteries, Season Five

You are 3 seasons behind if you have not seen season 5 as yet.

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 6
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 6

You are getting warmer, if you have seen the previous 5 Seasons :)


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    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @SheGetsCreative: Well what are you waiting for? Start watching this great show. You'll be hooked. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I too have never seen the show but looks like something I'd enjoy! Pinned

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      brianvallois lm 

      4 years ago

      Never seen it, and it's the first time i've heard about it, off to find out more, ciao

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @AlanJC321: It is AlanJC321! Be sure to tune in. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @WriterJanis2: Believe me it is, WriterJanis! Tune your TV in :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

    • AlanJC321 profile image


      4 years ago

      Looks like a really good show. Thanks!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      4 years ago

      I have not yet seen it, but you make it sound quite interesting.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks for yet another visit and lovely comment, georgepmoola! Have a blessed week.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: It's the 1900s and you will most definitely LOVE Dr. Julia Ogden. She has spunk for a woman in her day. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week, poetvix.

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      4 years ago

      A comprehensive review!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      You hooked me with a female doctor in the 1800s. Very out of the norm there. I am looking forward to checking this out. It sounds fascinating.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Andromachi: Thanks Andromachi! Glad you liked it. Thanks also for visiting and pointing out that error. Have a blessed week.

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: You're welcome, esmonaco! Go check it out. You will definitely enjoy it. Are you serious, grammieo! Check it out on CBC. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      4 years ago

      I haven't seen this yet either, anything that give my Toronto a little publicity is good! Other than our mayor

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: Are you serious, grammieo! Check it out on CBC. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Andromachi Polychroniou 

      4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

      Very well written review. You totally draw my attention and since I am fan of detective stories I might give it a try. By the way you should correct the "18th" century in the second paragraph. It is 19th, isn't it?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I have never seen this, but it looks interesting Thanks for yet another wonderful review!!

    • Heidi Vincent profile imageAUTHOR

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      @captainj88: You're welcome, leahjsongs! I am sure you will enjoy it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I've never seen this show. Looks like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the helpful review!


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