Why Murdoch Lies

Don’t get me wrong. I love “Murdoch Mysteries.” Set in early twentieth century Toronto, the series is a nostalgic look at a great time in Canadian history. It might even qualify as “Canadiana” so it isn’t easy for me to condemn it. But, as one historical figure so accurately put it, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” We have to be honest. Murdoch Mysteries lies.

Historical Truth Is Important.

 We do our best when we look back. We see the past as “through a glass darkly,” and we can never truly know what it was like to live then. Someone once said “The past is a foreign land. They do things differently there,” and that’s true. But when we know about the past, we shouldn’t lie about it. It’s wrong to force our beliefs and values on an earlier time, and this is what “Murdoch Mysteries” is doing. They’re lying so that they can spread liberal progressive ideology and influence people. They’re not the only ones doing so, but it hurts a lot more when it’s a series you love.

Women Coroners, Easy Going Homosexuality…Not

 One of Murdoch Mystery’s main characters is Julia Ogden. She’s a female physician and coroner. In the series she takes some time off and another female coroner named Emily Grace takes over for her. Their assistants are female African Canadian medical students, one of whom eventually succeeds them both. After being the girlfriend of George Crabtree, one of the series main characters, Dr. Grace comes out as a lesbian, declares her orientation and leaves Canada for London where she originally intended to move with her suffragette lover. Everyone is fine with this. They accept it in an easygoing way, calling Grace a “sapphist” The only problem, of course, is that it’s nonsense.

Distorting History, Imposing Liberal Progressive Values

There was no easy going acceptance of homosexuality in 1900s Toronto. It was reviled. In fact it was a criminal offence. People considered it a mental disorder. What we feel about it today is irrelevant. In that time, homosexuality was NOT accepted. Murdoch Mysteries is lying. What’s more, women doctors were virtually unknown in 19th and early 20thcentury Canada. There were two or three of note, they could not be certified in Canada, and had to get their training overseas. One worked in a remote arctic location. A woman doctor, let alone one who was a Toronto coroner, would have been impossible. Julian Ogden wouldn’t have existed. Emily Grace, an openly gay doctor, who becames a coroner for the city of Toronto would have been equally impossible. Her “coming out,” to the enthusiastic approval of her colleagues, would have been unimaginable. Even less likely, given the times, would be two black women coroners succeeding them in turn. And yet here we are. Again, Murdoch Mysteries lies. But Why?

Reality Please, Not Fantasies.

 The answer is they want to influence you. They want you to believe in a world that never existed. The series might be under the influence of C.B.C. executives, very likely radical liberal progressives. The C.B.C. has changed a lot over the last few decades! Or the writers might have an orientation or viewpoint they want to push. It’s not hard to imagine what that might be. Or it might just be part of the general left wing progressive “push” we are currently going through. Either way, it’s dishonest and manipulative. Canadians deserve a realistic portrayal of their country’s history, not this. The executives, writers and liberals have no right to push it on us. People actually believe shows like Murdoch Mysteries! Children are among them, and we need to protect them from lies. A distorted history of Canada, isn’t our story, and we deserve better.

Fairness, Merit and Equality, but Above All the Truth

 I hope you haven’t gotten the wrong impression. Lying in the service of left wing liberal progressivism is what I hate, not minority groups or women. Regardless of their race or gender we should hire people because they meet the necessary qualifications. They should get the job because they deserve it. And, above all, we shouldn’t lie about History. But that wasn’t what happened in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Canada. Pretending it was so, to advance your political and social agenda is despicable and one of the worst forms of lying out there. We have a duty to resist and refute it, even if that means no longer watching Murdoch Mysteries and letting the C.B.C. know why. This distortion of the truth is spreading. Apparently even Anne of Green Gables is not immune. It too is getting a politically correct overhaul in which easygoing acceptance of lesbianism is being deceptively woven into the story line. I wonder what Lucy Maude Montgomery would think of her beloved character’s new perspective. I know what I think.

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Elisabeth Gelb
Elisabeth Gelb
3 years ago

We can learn from History that in order to conqueror and vanquish an existing culture, you must destroy all vestiges of the old and superimpose the new order. Little by little, like creeping vine that strangles, we are losing the freedoms our previous generations fought to defend. To manipulate a seemingly innocent show like ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ and distort the values people held in the past is truly alarming. Destroying vestiges of the past gives the illusion of ‘this is how it always was, so it must be right and true’. I trust Canadians reject and oppose such obvious deception. On… Read more »

Perry D Foster
Perry D Foster
3 years ago
Reply to  Elisabeth Gelb

Well said Elisabeth! What you have said about the C.B.C. is even more relevant when we consider the travesty of their treatment of “old stock” Canadians! Go to our facebook page. There is a post there about group resisting the C.B.C.’s brainwashing ideology.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Elisabeth Gelb

Thank you for posting this , I have been a Murdoch fan since it began but I’ve found the last two seasons really hard going . This wind blatant liberal propaganda that’s being woven into every story is making it unwatchable and unbelievable. I hope they stop this , I’m gay and I hate they way these idiots try to ram it down everyone’s throats . We wanted equality not to have people sick and tired of having our so called imaginary plight.

Hal Adam
3 years ago

Thanks for pointing this out. I have just had a glimpse of this program a few times. I have too many other things to watch. Yes, our MSM, Hollywood, the public education system and most of our governments have been brain washing us for at least the last 50 years. So it is good for you to point this out to those who do not have the gift of discernment. The virtue signalling of the left is abhorrent when they try to make out that past figures and cultures should now live up to their own politically correct immorality or… Read more »

Diane Moen
Diane Moen
3 years ago

We are tired at the end of the day after all the work is done so we switch on the TV. As we get lost in the story-line I don’t think that most of us even notice we are being manipulated by many programs on left-wing media. While being entertained on a conscious level, subconsciously we are being socially reconstructed. Its insidious! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Thanks.

Perry D Foster
Perry D Foster
3 years ago
Reply to  Diane Moen

What a great description of what most of us do at the end of the day! But can we afford to have this kind of apathetic acceptance of psychological, political and social manipulation? I don’t think so….Time to awaken folks, before everything is taken from you.

liz
liz
5 months ago
Reply to  Diane Moen

ONce you identify the issue, guess where they are going to take it by the end of the episode…

Michael Groenewold
Michael Groenewold
3 years ago

I keep coming back to George Orwell’s “1984” because it has become horrifyingly prophetic in our time! I remember reading it in the late 70’s and thinking how ridiculous it was, certainly when applied to our own Canadian cultural situation. I could imagine it for the “evil empire” (Soviet Union) back then, but even for them it seemed to be a stretch. But here we are, actually living the nightmare! It is most helpful when we realize that almost everything we are being offered today as ‘entertainment’ is agenda driven and a vehicle for the philosophy of the day; liberal,… Read more »

Ken and Irene Oakes
Ken and Irene Oakes
3 years ago

Irene and I enjoyed watching the program “Midwife”. The historical context is the the east side of London ,near the docks in the fifties. We abruptly stopped watching it last season when LGBT values were being sown into the script. It destroyed the credibility of the program.
Ken Oakes

Perry D Foster
Perry D Foster
3 years ago

You made the right decision. The push for LGBTQ values is pure political propaganda, similar to the type used by the Soviets and Chinese communists in days gone by. It is just as odious and distasteful and just as wrong. Make sure you do not support anything that pushes this propaganda on you in the future.

Rick Higgins
3 years ago

Perry, just got over the worst flu I have ever had, so apologize for low energy and lack of timely response to this post. The leftist progressive’s success in rewriting history so they have a relatively blank page upon which they can write their values, is certainly due in part to our lethargy as a society. We live our lives in the shelter of our comforts and think someone else with more time, more smarts, more energy will do something about the lies and the subtle manipulation of the truth. There is no someone else. The entire LGBT (not going… Read more »

Sundar
Sundar
3 years ago

Great article. I stopped watching ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ because I cannot stand its distortion of Canada’s past. British television companies are far more honest in their portrayal of Victorian and later England in shows like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Raffles, etc. I cannot understand why CBC does not follow their example. One reason could be that CBC is part of the Canadian government and ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ is intended to give non-Canadians the impression that Canada in the early 20th century was as ‘progressive’ as it is today and far more liberal than other Western countries of that time. But I do not… Read more »

kel
kel
3 years ago

I used to love this show but it’s really changed and it’s a shame it’s pushing a liberal agenda and not staying true to history. I love this show but I’m not sure if I can watch it anymore. It used to be a fun show about solving murders but it’s become so political I just can’t stand it anymore so I might not watch. It’s really sad what’s happening…

pam
pam
3 years ago

we did like Murdoch Murders a great deal. but it has become so politically correct, that it’s no longer fun. e.g., every time a “colored” person (or any person who has an “off” lifestyle) shows up, you know he/she has to be innocent. Also Julia has become so self-righteous, she is insufferable. These take away a lot of fun !

Karen
Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  Perry D Foster

Perry, i only found your post today. I finally made it to season 15(dvds from public library in Florida, US) and started feeling so sad about probably quitting watching Murdoch, which i have formerly greatly enjoyed. Last year, i tried to find out on my own the true demographics of Toronto during that era. But i was unsuccessful.I couldn’t imagine that the non white and openly L/G population had grown so quickly since the start of the series time frame. And that these folks were so openly accepted (although they try to portray them as mostly victims, there they are… Read more »

Karen
Karen
1 month ago
Reply to  pam

Thank you for posting this. I thought i was the only one!I have been noticing and saying this for several years. The non white person is either innocent or the victim, while the perpetrator can ONLY be white. Or so it appears.

Jim Karrey
Jim Karrey
2 years ago

This was full of spoilers. But I spotted the total inaccuracy/propaganda in the first season. After reading the spoilers, I’m going back to watch Bonanza…(Ponderosa) Season 4 of Murdoch is filled with feminist script lines and pushes blatant negative views of patriarchal society. Since Murdoch is supposed to be Catholic, his behavior on the show is completely illogical, and apostate. S1E5 @ the end, when addressing two homosexual men who have died… Murdoch says while in confession: “I imagine a world that is more compassionate, and enlightened.” The priest responds: “Someday it may be. Perhaps not in our lifetimes.” Woah?… Read more »

Brian Dougan
1 year ago

It’s March, 2022. I quit watching Murdoch at the end of last season. Could no longer stomach the in-your-face Watt’s homosexuality. Two men kissing/Flirting/in the bedroom. A room full of them dancing in one episode–Followed by a sudden scene of one “man” in another “man’s’ lap–passionately kissing. Ugh. how revolting. That did it for me; how does one “unsee” that sort of thing. Fast forward: I decided to pick and choose a couple of this season’s Murdoch episodes. I checked the episode summaries. Discarded any w/ any mention of Watts. My pick: Murdoch and Brackenreid are called to a murder–And… Read more »

Edward Field
Edward Field
1 year ago

Good observations, Perry! Rewriting the past to mirror today’s morality is indoctrination.

J. Gordon
J. Gordon
1 year ago

It’s a shame that Murdoch Mysteries has gone by the way of the ‘woke movement.’ We loved this show and it was one of the few surviving family shows left to watch and sadly, now we’re turning it off. The writers are more interested in promoting homosexuality than good entertainment.

SusiQ
SusiQ
1 year ago

I agree. I used to love Murdoch and couldn’t wait for the next season to show up somewhere I could watch it but not lately. I thought it was just me but from the comments on here it’s obvious Murdoch has become woke. Guess we’ll find something else to watch.

Nerfball6
Nerfball6
1 year ago

Murdoch Mysteries seems to have become a propaganda outlet for writers with a progressive agenda, rather than creating entertaining television set in a historical setting. It is so forced that it’s becoming unwatchable.

Barb
Barb
1 year ago

Yep. Same here. I had been binge watching and enjoying the show so much!
It used to be a good show.
The failure to adhere to accurate cultural history has discouraged me from watching the recent seasons.
So sad.

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

The Woke Regressive Cult has claimed (killed off) another of my beloved fictional settings… I couldn’t finish season 13, it just keeps getting more and more woke. 😒

Sharon in California
Sharon in California
1 year ago

Wow! I thought I was the only one wondering about the changes to Murdock Murders, until I found this site. I need not add to the comments, everyone else has stated the obvious. Nearly every commercial on TV has the New Woke features, and I cannot get away from them, but now I know about Murdock and can watch or avoid as I wish.

Jeffrey Klein
Jeffrey Klein
10 months ago

I too recently made the decision to leave the “Murdoch Mysteries” fan club, at just the beginning of season 14, as clearly they had a very demonic regime change. But, more importantly, they have joined those who are intent on destroying what God created, and gave ‘free will.’ However, no matter where you live in this world—God’s got this! Biblical history proves that one of the ‘final straws’ that cause God to destroy an entire city, or in Genesis—even a civilization—is the open, blatant practice of homosexuality, and all other forms of behavioral wickedness. The world is ‘polarized,’ just as… Read more »

Barb
Barb
10 months ago

So disappointed with the direction that this show went!

Kathy Mac
Kathy Mac
5 months ago

I loved this show in years past, watching from the US But we had to stop watching it because of the woke agenda being forced on us. There would be no gay policemen in the early 20th century no open lesbians, and not many female physicians. Gays didn’t start coming out of the closet in the US until late 60-70s. I knew femail doctors in the 60-70 era that had to struggle to be accepted. Why ruin an otherwise good show? Why not be honest and show the truth of that day?

Karen
Karen
1 month ago

So grateful to have found this post today. Going to finish season 15 then quit. It pretends to be portraying history but as Perry originally posted, it is LYING. For those of us who feel sad, like i did, i reframed it. I enjoyed many of the early, very clever episodes. But that show is over, it’s history. Time to let it go and move on. Brackenreid has been my favorite character!