The Dresden Files

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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (11,396)

The Dresden Files is a Syfy supernatural drama series that aired from 2007 to 2008. Based on the book series of the same name by Jim Butcher, the show follows the life of Harry Dresden (played by Paul Blackthorne), a professional wizard who works as a private investigator in Chicago. With his unique skills in magic, Harry tackles cases that involve supernatural creatures and beings, while also dealing with personal and emotional challenges.

The central character, Harry Dresden, is a complex and intriguing protagonist who is both likable and flawed. He is a powerful wizard, yet he has a somewhat sarcastic and cynical personality that often gets him into trouble. Throughout the series, he struggles with personal demons such as guilt over past mistakes and a desire to protect those he cares about.

The show also features an array of interesting and dynamic supporting characters, including Bob the Skull (voiced by Terrence Mann), a wise-cracking spirit who provides Harry with magical knowledge and insights; Lt. Connie Murphy (Valerie Cruz), a tough cop who often turns to Harry for help with supernatural cases; and Susan Rodriguez (Rebecca McFarland), Harry's love interest who is also a journalist investigating paranormal activity in the city.

The Dresden Files excels at creating compelling and believable supernatural mysteries for Harry to solve. Each episode offers a new case that usually involves a different supernatural being or creature, such as witches, ghosts, demons, and vampires. These cases are often intertwined with larger story arcs that involve recurring characters and recurring supernatural threats.

One of the show's strengths is its world-building. The Chicago in which Harry lives is a rich and fascinating setting that is heavily influenced by the supernatural. The city has its own supernatural police department, governed by the secretive White Council, which regulates and enforces magical activity in the area. There are various supernatural factions and groups, such as the Red Court of Vampires, that Harry must navigate and interact with in order to solve his cases.

Visually, The Dresden Files has a moody and atmospheric aesthetic that adds to the show's dark and supernatural tone. The use of lighting and color is particularly effective at creating a sense of otherworldliness and magic. The show's special effects are also well-done, especially considering the show's modest budget.

Overall, The Dresden Files is a well-crafted and enjoyable supernatural drama that offers a unique spin on the genre. Its compelling protagonist, rich world-building, and engaging supernatural mysteries make for a fascinating and entertaining viewing experience. While the show may have been short-lived, it remains a cult favorite among fans of the book series and genre fans alike.

The Dresden Files is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 21, 2007.

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Second City
12. Second City
April 15, 2007
Harry and Murphy take on their stickiest case yet when a former mobster drowns on dry land. As Harry and Murphy get closer to the killer, more people try and come between the two of them, getting them both thrown off the case. Even Murphy's father gets in on it, trying to drive a wedge between Harry and Murphy. Things only get worse when Joe Murphy becomes the prime suspect in the mobster's murder.
Things That Go Bump
11. Things That Go Bump
April 8, 2007
When Morgan and Ancient Mai come to Harry for protection after Mai is attacked, Harry, Mai, Morgan, and Murphy are all trapped inside a field of death and unable to escape. If that wasn't bad enough something very evil is trapped inside with them. Harry must find out just what is going on before everyone ends up trapped for eternity in hell.
What About Bob?
10. What About Bob?
April 1, 2007
Bob's skull is stolen by someone thought to be dead for 5 years, Harry's uncle Justin Morningway. Bob is offered freedom from the 800 year curse that has bound him to the skull in return for his skills in Thaumaturgy. A life for a life. Meanwhile the Chicago Police are reopening the case of Morningway's death and it just might ruin the bond of trust between Harry and Murphy.
The Other Dick
9. The Other Dick
March 25, 2007
When a detective is killed by an unexplained means his partner Liz Fontaine teams up with Harry to find his killer. What Harry finds is a trail that leads him to a fertility clinic and a strange ritual influenced by an Incubus. But as Liz and Harry get closer to the killer they may find themselves the next victims.
Storm Front
8. Storm Front
March 18, 2007
When both the Chicago Police Department and the High Council demand that Harry investigate the bizarre deaths of a crime boss and his girlfriend, two deaths lead to a string of them, all killed by black magic. Harry becomes the prime suspect and the target as he desperately hunts through the magical community of Chicago to find the man responsible before he ends up dead himself.
Walls
7. Walls
March 11, 2007
When a young woman is killed right outside Harry's door, Harry is drawn into finding a mysterious thieving ring where the thieves are local college students... and using black magic to walk through walls. As the students start dying one by one something evil grows stronger, and it won't rest until all the students are dead.
Soul Beneficiary
6. Soul Beneficiary
March 4, 2007
When a man with premonitions about his own death seeks Dresden's help, he promptly drops dead in Harry's office. This prompts Harry and Bob to research his strange death, only to discover the man he thought was dead is still alive. Soon Harry finds himself the target of the dark magician responsible and the spells employed triggers a memory for Bob, who recognizes the darkness in the magic all too well.
Bad Blood
5. Bad Blood
February 25, 2007
A beautiful vampire named Bianca comes back into Harry's life to call in an old debt and she drags Harry into a tangled web of undead drugs and warring Vampire factions. Events escalate to the point where even the highest levels of the High Council take an interest and Harry may very well be forced to betray Bianca to save himself.
Rules of Engagement
4. Rules of Engagement
February 18, 2007
When Harry is hired to help a young woman find her lost boyfriend, Harry finds himself embroiled in a battle over a Hellion's soul. Will Harry make a deal with the devil to protect the girl, or will he defy the council and double cross the devil to help the girl reclaim the mortal soul of her boyfriend?
Hair of the Dog
3. Hair of the Dog
February 11, 2007
When Detective Murphy asks Dresden to help her with a series of ritualistic slayings, he discovers that werewolves are involved. Only the werewolves aren't the killers, they're the victims. And when the FBI get's involved with the investigation Harry becomes the prime suspect and is thrown in jail. An innocent woman is targeted by the killer and Harry may not be able to help her.
The Boone Identity
2. The Boone Identity
January 28, 2007
A fine arts dealer hires Harry because he believes he is being haunted by his 17-year-old daughter. In the process Harry stumbles upon a psychopathic killer that has found a way to cheat death, using an ancient Egyptian tablet. When the killer's soul finds his way into Murphy's body, Harry must step over the line into dark magic, or risk losing her.
Birds of a Feather
1. Birds of a Feather
January 21, 2007
When a scared young boy comes to Harry Dresden, private detective and practicing wizard, begging him to investigate the monsters he is convinced are following him, Harry conscience won't let him just walk away, especially when the monsters prove to be very real. Meanwhile the Chicago Police Department needs his help to solve a grisly murder, and Dresden might very well find himself to be the next target of a homicidal monster.
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The Dresden Files is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Dresden Files on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, Apple TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    January 21, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (11,396)