TV Recap: ‘Houdini and Doyle’ is Victorian ‘X-Files’


Houdini and Doyle, season 1, episode 1, “The Maggie’s Redress”. Story by David Hoselton & David Titcher, teleplay by David Hoselton; directed by Stephen Hopkins. Copyright 2016. Seen June 1, 2016. 

Back in April, I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of the pilot episode of Houdini and Doyle as part of my WonderCon coverage followed by a Q&A.

As a long-time fan of Harry Houdini (and having a recent re-interest in Arthur Conan Doyle due to my Sherlock obsession), I had been tentatively excited and interested in this show when I heard it was announced. But with it being on Fox and it looking very similar to certain other shows, I also was very skeptical. I figured this was going to be either hilariously bad or so awesome Fox was going to kill it after 11 episodes.