- 3 Seasons
Perception is a TV show centered around Eric McCormack's character. Dr. Daniel Pierce, who is a professor of narrow sciences at a Chicago University aside from being highly respected in his field is both a professor and author Dr. Pierce uses his of the human mind and its behavior, as well as his unique perspective on society and life in general, to help the FBI solve some of their more interesting and intriguing cases on an as needed case-by-case basis is partnered with a former student agent Kate Moretti played by Rachel Leigh Cook, who is ultimately responsible for recruiting Dr. Pierce to work for the FBI in the first place. Now although this may sound like a typical police procedural at face value is anything but, you see Daniel McCormick's character suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and although he manages to deal with this disorder through a combination of routine classical music and crossword puzzles so that the symptoms (usually hallucinations of people) do not affect his daily life when it comes to solving cases. However, Dr. Pierce's unique brand of schizophrenia allows them to access parts of his mind and knowledge that he would otherwise not have access to, which therefore provides him with a unique perspective and understanding of events so that he is able to solve complex cases. This unique perspective that Dr. Pierce receives typically comes in the form of help from his hallucinations that as previously mentioned often take the form of people usually someone that can be somehow linked to the case he is currently working on whether it is a World War II British cryptographer or a Russian gangster. Dr. Pierce's hallucinations provide clues to the investigation, by presenting the information in a combination of parables and straightforward advice and intriguing feature of the show is often trying to figure out whether or not characters are in fact, hallucinations and if they are how those hallucinations will relate to the current problem that Dr. Pierce is trying to solve as it is sometimes difficult even for the audience to separate Dr. Pierce's hallucinations from the reality of the show. And because Dr. Pierce had such an extensive knowledge of how the human mind and behavior work and coincide with one another the audience is granted a unique perspective on the way in which an individual's perception of reality can help to alter the reality for all these individuals that they may happen to interact with.