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Houdini and Doyle - (S01E09)


The trio travels to Canada to investigate a homicidal poltergeist, where they are joined by other paranormal experts, including Thomas Edison, who unveils his latest invention - the Necrophone - a device that can purportedly communicate with the dead.

Episode Title: Necromanteion
Airs: 2016-05-05 at 21:00
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The drama is light-hearted, perfect-for-summer fare. It’s a procedural that relies on its setting--you can expect other historical figures such as Bram Stoker and Thomas Edison to make appearances--and comic banter between the three main characters to make it attractive to viewers.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The mysteries at the respective centers of the two episodes made available to critics are engaging enough, but it’s the interplay among Doyle, Houdini and Stratton that holds our interest.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Hays Davis

    While historians may struggle with these early-century equivalents to rock stars as busy sleuths, Houdini's unshakably scientific stance can be refreshing, and it's entirely possible that the real Houdini and Doyle would have loved this--while they were still friends.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Incollingo

    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.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    While Houdini And Doyle is exactly as light as that sounds, and is a little uneven in its early episodes, it also wisely aspires to nothing greater than a good time.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    As is often the case with buddy-cop shows, the quality of the mysteries on Houdini & Doyle varies considerably week to week—some not bad, some so strained that even the Gerber baby would spit them out in disgust. What keeps matters interesting is the byplay among the characters, so philosophically at odds that they're often working against one another. Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Though lightly entertaining, the series needs a bit more character grounding. 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.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    The series gets off to a sloppy start, but with two solid leads and an intriguing premise, Houdini and Doyle is worth investigating.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Tom Long

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

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    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.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    A dusty, ghostly imitation--theme-park TV at its most square and earnest. [6 May 2016, p.50]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Unfortunately, the mix for Doyle too often also includes “dim-witted,” thanks to the script, and “lethargic,” thanks to an unenthusiastic performance from the usually more animated Mangan.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    The sets and costumes are great. Now, the mysteries need to rise to the occasion.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is less exciting than it sounds.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    From the music to the dialogue, Houdini & Doyle seems laughably flashy given the characters involved and time period (London, 1901). But the plot is fairly standard in its procedural trappings.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Fox has shoved Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle into a crime-solving partnership that anchors a 10-episode series which aims for a generally light tone, but too often is merely amiably pallid.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    There are decent performances buried in Houdini & Doyle (especially the always-good Weston) and the design values aren’t bad for network TV, but the writing isn’t memorable enough for the program to stand out in an increasingly-crowded landscape. Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    It’s a forgettable time-filler that doesn’t aspire to anything more.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    An interesting, compelling idea for a TV series. Too bad a boilerplate cop procedural had to be the series they got instead.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The depictions of Houdini and Doyle never seem authentic. The mysteries aren't particularly riveting. And the mix of fact and fancy is anything but magical.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The mysteries--involving nuns possibly murdered by a ghost in the pilot, and deaths connected to a faith healer in a subsequent episode--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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    They may sound like a jokey law firm, but any amusement to be had in the fictionalized odd-couple crime solving partnership of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle is sadly short-lived in this stilted Canadian-British import. [2-8 May 2016, p.19]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The period trappings are cool. The show looks great. But it feels false. And for science fiction to work--for drama to work--you have to be able to buy into the premise. That's pretty much impossible with Houdini & Doyle--a crazy idea that just doesn't work.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Michael Slezak

    Unfortunately, you won’t need to get past the second commercial break of the pilot episode to realize you’re watching the most banal type of procedural, dressed up in garish period costumes and clogged with faith-versus-science questions that get explored with all the depth and nuance of a political debate on The View.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The point is, everything seems off about Houdini & Doyle, including the casting and pairing of Michael Weston (House) as Houdini and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) as Doyle. There's not much chemistry between the two.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The two lead actors do their best to feign exasperation with each other, and with Liddiard’s cop Adelaide. But the dialogue isn’t clever--it’s more on the level of strenuous declarations.

    Yahoo TV Full Review