100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself #43.

As my legion of longtime readers can attest, I am a hardcore Murdochian.

This declaration, of course, inspires two questions for some of you:

  1. Do I really have the nerve to claim I have a “legion” of followers?
  2. What in the name of all that is still considered holy in this world is a Murdochian?

To which I can only reply:

  1. While 24 years of marriage have pretty much whupped all the nerve out of me, I still have an ounce left.
  2. Seriously?

#43: Murdoch Mysteries.

And Murdochians are almost as passionate – and filled with moxie – as Earpers.


According to the CBC (Canada’s national television and radio broadcaster, generously funded by my tax dollars, whether I like it or not) website:

Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.

Murdoch’s circle of associates includes Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager and often naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. All are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian-turned-Edwardian society.

Yeah, I have no idea what “stratums” are either, but to suggest Murdoch Mysteries is just a “TV show” in my house is to suggest the Trumps are a slightly-dysfunctional presidential family. In my home this innovative Canadian drama truly is something worth living for.


My late father-in-law (I hate the applying the term “late” to the deceased but it’s societal convention so peer pressure wins again) John “Jack” Fisher lived with us for the last five years of his life after his emphysema became too much to deal with alone. And so he packed a bag and made the momentous trek – next door to our house. Yes, I lived Everybody Loves Raymond, and yes, there were times that it was as nutty as you’d expect.

But it also gave me a stronger sense of family than I’ve ever known. Jack, like most people facing a inevitable medical condition, came to view television as much more than a “boob tube”. It became his window to the world. Between the newspaper I’d bring him from work every day (shh) and TV, Jack’s world shrunk considerably. This was a man who got up and went to work every day of his life since he was 14 and then he became exhausted after getting washed up in the morning.

And so programs like Murdoch Mysteries became something for Jack to look forward to each day. He couldn’t wait to see what modern-day device Detective Murdoch was going to invent (the dashing Canadian sleuth invented, but never took credit for, everything from Scotch tape to the lie detector) while unraveling a crime most foul.

Fortunately, MM is on multiple times a day in Canada – and someone in the family was always there to enjoy it with Jack. He became an MM super fan (a”Murdochian”) and came to regard MM star Yannick Bisson and his co-stars as family. Indeed, these people got my father-in-law through the toughest – and last – period in his life. I hope we all have a program/band/film that we can all rely upon to lift our spirits at times.

This interview with Yannick Bisson perfectly illustrates his program’s strengths and it’s effect on viewers all over the world. Yannick makes a reference to everything I’ve been shoving down your collective throat discussing at the 9:30 mark. I’ve met a few MM cast members in my role as a Niagara Falls bellman (and through social media) and they’ve been as decent, as human, as I could ever want them to be.


I have one last thing to say about this amazing program: When my mother was dying of bone cancer I reached out to a specific MM actor. This person’s identity is irrelevant; their privacy is worth respecting, but even though they were clearly exhausted at the end of a long day they filmed a short-but-touching-beyond-words video message to my mother that raised her up at the end of her life.

That’s not the hallmark of an exceptional actor, that’s the hallmark of a phenomenal human being.

I could say more but I don’t feel like it.

See you in the lobby, friends and fellow Murdochians…


About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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18 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself #43.

  1. An excellent reason to keep on kicking, Hook. 😀 Gives the folks in Canada a leg up on longevity

  2. I am also a Murdochian and have seen many of the episodes more than once. I watch it on Acorn TV, here in the U.S. Luckily, one of my daughters and my sister also like it, so we often communicate about the show after we watch. I just saw the season finale last night and was reminded of how happy I am that there’s another season to look forward to! Thanks for this fun interview clip and also the positives related to this show and the actors.

    • The Hook says:

      It was my pleasure, Becky.
      Thank you for weighing in.

      • The season finale was excellent! By the way, your name was chosen among commenters on my blog for March as the winner of a $5 e-gift card from Starbucks or Amazon. Maybe I sent the notice to an old email address, not sure. Anyway…please let me know which type you want AND the correct email address to have it sent. Thanks!

  3. renxkyoko says:

    I’m sorry about your Mom, Mr. Hook. And it’s amazing that MM reached out to you and your mom. I have to start watching MM again.

  4. Doug in Oakland says:

    I’ve never seen it, and have no access to see it just now, so I’ll take your word for it. Perhaps next month when I have good internet again I’ll look some of it up and check it out.

  5. Jennie says:

    Yannick Bisson is the real deal. What a great guy. Terrific interview. And to think that his show gave your dad so very much. How wonderful! So, why isn’t this show in America? I would be hooked (pun intended). Thank you for a wonderful post!

  6. Tara says:

    We love MM! though we have some catching up to do. What a great “anonymous” shout out/acknowledgement. 🙂 ❤

  7. Have always LOVED this show!!
    @Jennie… try Acorn TV as well!

  8. curvyroads says:

    You do have legions of followers (however late they might be…) so we DO know about Murdoch!

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