Houdini and Doyle

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  • TV-14
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (2,985)

Houdini and Doyle is a British-Canadian television drama series that premiered on FOX on May 2, 2016. The show is based on the real-life friendship and collaboration between two famous men of their time - Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series is set in the early 1900s, with Houdini and Doyle teaming up to investigate paranormal events and unsolved crimes. Houdini, played by Stephen Mangan, is a master escape artist and professional skeptic who doesn't believe in the supernatural. Doyle, played by Michael Weston, is a renowned author and spiritualist who firmly believes in the existence of ghosts and the afterlife. Their different beliefs and personalities often clash, making their partnership quite intriguing.

Over the course of the show's 10-episode season, Houdini, Doyle, and Adelaide Stratton (Emily Carey), the first female constable in the London Metropolitan Police Force, team up to solve various cases that are usually of a supernatural nature. The cases often involve a mix of illusion, trickery, and even some scientific explanations, as Houdini and Doyle use their unique skills and perspectives to uncover the truth.

One of the show's strengths is its ability to balance the supernatural elements with historically accurate depictions of life in the early 1900s. The series touches on several themes and issues of the era, including women's suffrage, class struggles, and the consequences of scientific advancements. The show also features a strong supporting cast, including Tim McInnerny as Inspector Merring, the head of the London Metropolitan Police Force, and Diana Quick as Lady Conan Doyle, Arthur's wife.

The chemistry between the two lead actors, Mangan and Weston, is one of the highlights of the show. Their banter and arguments provide levity to some of the more serious subject matter, and their on-screen dynamic is quite charming. Emily Carey as Adelaide Stratton provides a strong female presence in a male-dominated profession, often proving herself to be just as capable (if not more so) than her male counterparts.

One of the criticisms of the show is that some of the cases feel a bit rushed or undeveloped. Given the short 10-episode season, it can feel like some of the cases are resolved too quickly or without enough depth. Additionally, some of the special effects used to depict the supernatural elements can come across as a bit cheesy or over-the-top.

Despite these criticisms, Houdini and Doyle is still a fun, engaging series that is worth checking out. With its mix of historical accuracy, supernatural elements, and charming lead performances, the show has something for everyone. Fans of crime dramas or anything related to Houdini or Conan Doyle will undoubtedly find something to enjoy about this series.

Houdini and Doyle is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on March 13, 2016.

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The Pall of LaPier
10. The Pall of LaPier
July 4, 2016
When all but two residents (a priest and a child) of a small village die simultaneously, and with no signs of violence, the trio must uncover whether or not this tragedy is divine revenge for the murderous founding of the town.
9. Necromanteion
June 27, 2016
Adelaide, Doyle and Houdini investigate a haunted house with other ghost hunters, including Thomas Edison, who's testing his new invention, the necrophone.
8. Strigoi
June 20, 2016
Doyle's friend, Dracula author Bram Stoker, is being hunted by "vampire hunters.€
7. Bedlam
June 13, 2016
When several people are found literally scared to death, Doyle starts to lose his grip on reality.
The Monsters of Nethermoor
6. The Monsters of Nethermoor
June 6, 2016
The team investigates a man claiming to be the victim of an alien abduction, and when Doyle goes missing, Houdini and Adelaide have their own close encounter that reveals the horrifying truth of what' really out there.
The Curse of Korzha
5. The Curse of Korzha
May 30, 2016
An attractive traveling medium uses her psychic gifts to solve crimes, frustrating Houdini when he can't figure out her tricks. Doyle feels she may be the real thing, so he is mortified by her next prediction: the end of Adelaide Stratton.
Spring Heel'd Jack
4. Spring Heel'd Jack
May 23, 2016
In the first of several attacks, a businessman is murdered by a mysterious phantom with demonic eyes and gravity-defying leaps.
In Manus Dei
3. In Manus Dei
May 16, 2016
When a heckler is mysteriously struck down at a faith healer' show, the team investigates whether the healer is truly channeling the power of God. And if so, can he work a miracle on Doyle' dying wife?
A Dish of Dharma
2. A Dish of Dharma
May 9, 2016
Claiming he's avenging a murder??" his own murder in a past life??" a 12-year-old boy shoots a prominent suffragette. In order to find the truth, the team must solve a decades-old killing.
Season 1, Episode 1
1. Season 1, Episode 1
March 13, 2016
Houdini, Doyle and Adelaide investigate the murder of a nun in one of the notorious Magdalene Laundries. A witness claims the killer is a young woman who was tormented by the nun. The only problem is, that young woman has been dead for six months.
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Houdini and Doyle is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Houdini and Doyle on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    March 13, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (2,985)