Murdoch Mysteries is one of television’s most successful and longest-running television series (10 seasons; 150 episodes) with an average viewership of 1.4 million in Season 9 (Numeris, first-run episodes). Filmed in Ontario from May to December 2016, Season 10 (18 episodes) premiered on October 10, 2016. The series is broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC Mondays at 8:00 pm ET (8:30 pm NT), and is the winner of 5 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, including the Golden Screen Award for most watched Canadian drama series. Named Playback’s TV Show of the Year in 2015.
Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century during the age of invention, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s colleagues include his wife, psychiatrist and coroner Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a loving ally who shares the detective’s fascination for science; Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but sometimes naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch’s skeptical yet supportive boss; former coroner Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly); and Rebecca James (Mouna Traoré), Ogden’s assistant.
The series has been licensed to broadcasters in 110 countries and territories worldwide to date, including cable network Ovation in the United States and Chinese state-owned drama channel CCTV-8, which reaches 200 million homes. The series ranks as the #1 original series on the leading UK crime drama channel Alibi; is one of the top three highest-rated programs in France on France Television (France3) with an average viewership of 3.5 million; and was the most-watched foreign program in Finland in November 2014, boasting more viewers than Downton Abbey. In the U.S., the series is also available via Netflix, Hulu and Acorn TV, and earlier seasons air in syndication on superstations across the country.
With millions of fans worldwide, Murdoch Mysteries boasts one of the most engaged fan communities in Canadian television, including 112,000+ likes on Facebook and 85,000+ followers for the series and its cast on Twitter. Fan events in Ontario attract thousands each summer from across Canada, the U.S., UK, France and Australia. 2,500 fans attended the annual Murdoch Mysteries Fan Weekend in August 2015.
Series companion book Investigating Murdoch Mysteries was published in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. by Titan Books in October 2015. Shaftesbury has also partnered with Segal and HMV Canada on an exclusive line of series merchandise rolling out Winter 2015/16 including a Murdoch Mysteries holiday ornament, beer stein, mugs, police notepad and chalkboard.
Notable guest stars featured on Murdoch Mysteries include William Shatner, Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Ed Asner, Victor Garber, Rémy Girard, David Hewlett, Tom McCamus, Mary Walsh, Leah Pinsent, Nicholas Campbell, Dragons’ Den judges Arlene Dickinson and David Chilton, Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Murdoch Mysteries was initially adapted for television from Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of novels as three made-for-TV films produced by Shaftesbury and broadcast in Canada in 2004 and 2005. The series first premiered in Canada in January 2008. The series is executive produced by showrunner Peter Mitchell, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie, and produced by Stephen Montgomery and Julie Lacey.
Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the COGECO Program Development Fund. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.
150 episodes x one-hour mystery drama series
(including two-hour holiday specials A Merry Murdoch Christmas and Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas)
Licensed to broadcasters in 110 countries and territories worldwide, including the following networks and streaming platforms. Contact your local provider for further information.
CBC (Season 10 Mondays at 8pm, stream Seasons 1 & 2, 5 – 10 online)
Citytv & FX Canada (Seasons 1 – 5)
VisionTV (Seasons 1 – 3)
Netflix Canada (Seasons 5 – 9)
iTunes Canada (Seasons 5 – 9)
Ovation (currently airing Season 10 as “The Artful Detective”)
AcornTV (Seasons 1 – 10)
Netflix (Seasons 1 – 7)
Hulu (Seasons 1 – 6)
iTunes (Seasons 1 – 8)
Amazon Video (Seasons 1 – 8)
Earlier seasons also air in syndication on many U.S. superstations, check local listings
France 3 (Sundays at 20h55)
Foxtel: 13th Street Australia (currently airing Season 10 Tuesdays 8:30pm)
Asia and the Middle East
VRT (Season 6 Tuesdays at 2:45pm)
Years of Production:
2007 – 2016