Houdini & Doyle: Season 1 Reviews

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July 11, 2018
Houdini & Doyle is not groundbreaking, but that's okay. It's entertaining enough for viewers to keep tuning in. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 14, 2018
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.
June 3, 2016
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.
May 8, 2016
Houdini & Doyle is an excellent time-waster. Terrific tosh. Liddiard is great in it and the feminist storyline surrounding her character's police career is welcome.
May 5, 2016
Proves so bland that those who sample it won't need to be magicians to execute their escape.
May 3, 2016
Whatever their era, Houdini and Doyle are the show. More interesting than the cases they worked on in the two episodes I've seen, they start out more as frenemies than friends, but it's a relationship with promise.
May 3, 2016
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
One wishes Houdini & Doyle had new tricks up its sleeve but it doesn't appear to have any.
May 3, 2016
Houdini and Doyle is a pleasantly entertaining counterbalance to Fox's darker Monday night drama, Gotham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2016
The mysteries are too thinly constructed to hold your interest, and the characters are likewise one-dimensional and dull, quite a trick considering how interesting the actual Conan Doyle and Houdini were.
May 3, 2016
It is less exciting than it sounds.
May 3, 2016
The fascinating lure of the series begins with the soot-stained streets of Victorian London and continues into the squabbling dynamic of the two leads.
May 3, 2016
So far Weston and Mangan are quite good as the flamboyant famous characters, but the scripts will have to flesh them out more. That may never happen.
May 3, 2016
Too soon, it becomes clear that they're just a turn-of-the-last-century precursor to The X-Files' Mulder and Scully, with considerably less chemistry.
May 3, 2016
It's a forgettable time-filler that doesn't aspire to anything more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 3, 2016
Houdini and Doyle isn't quite the Victorian-era X-Files show it could have been... Still, there's some entertainment value in watching this Dynamic Duo and their hapless partner hunt down spectral killers in Victorian London.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
May 3, 2016
Houdini & Doyle just has the unfortunate luck to be the last of the network's bad mismatched partner procedurals to premiere in the 2015-2016 season. Enough is enough.
May 3, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 3, 2016
Everything seems off about Houdini & Doyle, including the casting and pairing of Michael Weston as Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Doyle.
May 3, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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