Houdini & Doyle: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1
Houdini & Doyle

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Weston and Mangan are fun as Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, but their capers aren't much more than passable.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 61

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Air date: May 2, 2016

A drama in which illusionist Harry Houdini teams with author Arthur Conan Doyle to solve crimes that deal with the supernatural. In the opener, the two investigate the murder of a nun who was killed in the infamous Magdalene Laundries.

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Air date: May 9, 2016

A 12-year-old boy guns down a well-known suffragette and claims the crime was revenge for a murder--his, in a past life. In order to discover the truth, the team needs to solve a decades-old homicide.

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Air date: May 16, 2016

The team investigate when a heckler dies mysteriously at a faith healer's show, and seek to determine if the person is actually channeling the power of God.

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Air date: May 23, 2016

The team investigates murders by a mysterious, demon-eyed phantom with an incredible leaping ability.

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Air date: May 30, 2016

A comely traveling medium who uses her psychic gifts to solve crimes baffles Houdini, who's unable to debunk her tricks. Meanwhile, Doyle considers her the real deal, but is taken aback by a prediction about Adelaide.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2016

When a naked man awakens on a patch of scorched earth and claims he was abducted by aliens, the team investigates.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2016

In the wake of several people who are suspected to have been literally scared to death, Doyle believes he's been drugged with a potentially deadly hallucinogen that induces nightmares.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2016

Vampire hunters stalk Doyle's friend, Bram Stoker, the author of "Dracula," and an investigation turns up rival cults of fake vampires and their hunters who were inspired by Stoker's fiction. Meanwhile, Adelaide learns the anarchist group was connected to her husband's death, and Houdini dismisses his mother's superstitions about vampires, but may soon reconsider.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2016

Adelaide, Doyle and Houdini investigate a haunted house in Canada with an assortment of ghost hunters that includes Thomas Edison, who is testing a new invention that has necromantic overtones.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2016

In the series finale, the crew investigates when a minister in a small Ontario town awakens one day to find all dead and no sign of violence.

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Season 1 of the drama that is based on the lives of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Mangan
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Michael Weston
Harry Houdini
Rebecca Liddiard
Constable Adelaide Stratton
Adam Nagaitis
George Gudgett
Tim McInnerny
Horace Merring
Emily Carey
Mary Conan Doyle
Will Chambers
Diana Quick
Cecilia Weiss
Gary Davies
PC Chris Johnston
Simon Northwood
Mr. Emmett Reid
Jennifer Day
Funeral Attendee
Michael Deighton
Working Class Man
Conny Sharp
Amanda Posh
Noah Jupe
Kingsley Conan Doyle
Bo Martyn
Young Woman
David Shore
Executive Producer
Kenton Allen
Executive Producer
Matthew Justice
Executive Producer
Luke Alkin
Executive Producer
Christina Jennings
Executive Producer
Maggie Murphy
Executive Producer
Scott Garvie
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Houdini & Doyle Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14)

Where Houdini & Doyle's magic ends is with the actual murders themselves. These men working together as "detectives" is an implausible plot to begin with, especially on a week-to-week basis.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Houdini & Doyle likely won't set anyone's heart aflutter or the ratings on fire. But it looks like a passable spring/summer diversion and also just a bit of a history lesson on what these two guys were all about.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's not necessarily bad, understand, just surprisingly underwhelming considering it's called Houdini & Doyle. One expects fireworks; instead we get consternation.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

We already have impressions of these people, and the FOX version of them often feels flat and disappointing compared to their legends.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Everything seems off about Houdini & Doyle, including the casting and pairing of Michael Weston as Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Doyle.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Escape this.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Houdini & Doyle is not groundbreaking, but that's okay. It's entertaining enough for viewers to keep tuning in. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The tone throughout is lively, with Houdini and Doyle regularly engaged in verbal sparring or creative clue-sifting, and with Stratton, the trio finds a pleasing dynamic.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Houdini & Doyle has some honing to do, but it's sharpest when it honors its heroes: thrilling and chilling, with a dazzling sleight of hand.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Houdini & Doyle is sharply written and expertly presented by this talented cast, and the men's repartee is delightful to behold.

May 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I doubt even an entertainment-starved ghost would want more than one episode of Houdini & Doyle.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

For a show featuring Houdini as a lead character, there's surprisingly little magic in Houdini & Doyle. It plays out like just another procedural crime show of the type we've seen umpteen times before.

Jun 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Houdini & Doyle: Season 1

  • Jan 11, 2017
    It was a fun show to watch. Too bad it cancelled.
  • Nov 11, 2016
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  • Jun 28, 2016
    I see most of the critics weighed in after one showing. The show has gotten better by leaps and bounds after the first 2 showings. I recommend it highly.
  • Jun 27, 2016
    Love love love. I really hope there will be a season two :)
  • Jun 13, 2016
    Interesting period piece but I would wish for more intriguing stories. If this lasts another season, I'm going to hope there's a bit more mystery to the episodes and not as predictable as they've been.
  • Jun 06, 2016
    Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide S...a perfect composite of emma watson and keira knightly.
  • May 30, 2016
    Awesome show, hoping for Series 2/Season 2. worth watching. fun and well conceived. The actors are very comfortable in their roles. It's fiction, so, just remember that. Don't try to be a history buff, it's a what-if show, if Houdini and Doyle met, well, historically, they have, but in this show they meet in the prime of their lives and careers. Again, I repeat, this is very well worth seeing. I hope it gets renewed, fun and entertaining.
  • May 16, 2016
    An interesting premise aided by three immensely likable actors - especially Liddiard as the first female constable at Scotland Yard - I don't see this show getting picked up for another season unless the cases they solve get much more interesting. But I'm willing to stick around to see if the script writers hit their stride.
  • May 11, 2016
    Such a great high concept show that I miss getting greenlit like in the 90's. But just like the 90's I fear FOX will cancel it before it gains a good foothold. Haven't seen a great campy period piece like this since Brisco County, Jr! I particularly enjoy the motives for the main characters to enter into the procedural crime drama: To prove one way or another there is life after death. Each of the titular characters has great reasons for this motivation, plus their constable accomplice strike a nice balance against their macho bravado.
  • May 10, 2016
    It's sort of getting better. Nothing to get over exited about. But then there is nothing much else on the TV either. At least it has a new concept and story

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