Approval of God: Series creator Maureen Jennings is a big fan of the series, even though it's different in many ways from her original novels. She has served as a creative consultant throughout the show's run and has even directly co-written a few scripts. She has also declared that Yannick Bisson looks exactly the way she imagined Murdoch in the novels...except for the moustache she always gave him.
The Danza: Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid.
Directed by Cast Member: Yannick Bisson has directed "Buffalo Shuffle," "Murdoch at the Opera," "Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom," and "Murdoch of the Living Dead."
Fake Nationality: Canadian Dr. Ogden is played by Australian actress Helene Joy.
Patrick McKenna, another Red Green veteran, appears in the third season as a Toronto detective from another station house who's called in to help find Murdoch when the latter goes missing. Once again, seeing McKenna go from playing nerdy doofus Harold to a Boisterous Bruiser detective is surreal, to say the least.
Canadian business tycoon Arlene Dickenson is one of the regulars on the Canadian version of Dragon's Den. She appears in one episode as a wealthy investor that Crabtree is trying to interest in the lie detector Murdoch has invented. Unfortunately, when the machine doesn't detect any lies (because everyone Murdoch used it on was telling the truth), she declines Crabtree's offer and walks off, saying the "I'm out" Catch Phrase the Dragons use when they show they're not interested.
And of course, Stephen Harper, the current prime minister, shows up in one episode as a cop who has no idea who Sir Wilfrid Lauriernote a former prime minister is.
Network to the Rescue: While City TV cancelled the series after its fifth season, the CBC picked it up and continues to produce new episodes.
Mary Walsh and Gavin Crawford, playing a grieving mother of a murdered daughter and a possibly insane puppeteer, respectively. Both are best known as anchors on the comedy news show This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Michael Seater's chilling performance as the psychopath James Gillies is a far cry from his previous teen sitcom roles.
Short Run in Peru: Despite being a Canadian-produced series, new episodes air much earlier in the UK. Averted with series 6 — it began airing in Canada a month before the UK.