Trivia: Murdoch Mysteries

  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Jack Bristow turns up in the series four premiere as Murdoch's retired predecessor.
    • Death believes adamantly in a Mummy's curse.
    • Marcus Alexander and Malek appear as a brilliant engineer.
    • Peter Keleghan played Ranger Gord on The Red Green Show. For fans of that series, it can be rather surreal to see Keleghan go from a crazy but amiable Cloudcuckoolander to a stone-cold Manipulative Bastard.
    • 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.
    • Allen Cleg is Number Five/Aaron Doral.
    • 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.
    • Peter Barlow plays an aide to Prince Alfred, grandson of Queen Victoria. Coincidentally, Thomas Craig (Brackenreid) is also a Coronation Street veteran.
    • Played with in the inter-generational crossover with Republic of Doyle; Allan Hawco plays "Jacob Doyle", ancestor of his show's title character Jake Doyle. (Yannick Bisson would return the favour in an episode of Doyle as Detective Murdoch descendant "Bill Murdoch".)
    • 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  is.
    • Similarly, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley plays then Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Sir Oliver Mowat.
    • Bat Masterson is Trevor.
    • One from the made for TV movies: Chief O'Brien played Inspector Brackenreid.
  • 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.
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: Every time a teenage character is presented, the actor is part of that same Degrassi/Family Channel Canada group.
  • The Other Darrin: Murdoch was originally played by Peter Outerbridge and Odgen by Keeley Hawes in the TV movie adaptation, Yannick Bisson and Helene Joy took over the roles for the series.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • 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.