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.


  • Elisabeth Gelb
    March 8, 2020

    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 a similar theme, the Victoria statue of Sir John A. Macdonald was removed because ‘City Family’ (group of First Nations reps and city officials) deemed him ‘offensive’. What is offensive is taxpayers spent $30,000 to remove and will pay over $10,000 to ‘decide’ what to do next. A place to start is demanding the statue be set back in it’s rightful place in front of City Hall. As well, tell CBC that ‘towing the liberal party line’ on your dollar is offensive and it is long overdue to defund the 1.3 Billion annual subsidy of this hijacked organization.

    • Perry D Foster
      March 9, 2020

      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
      July 17, 2022

      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.

      • Perry D Foster
        August 13, 2022

        Thank YOU for responding Matt. Murdoch Mysteries has become such a disappointment. It really is just woke propaganda now.Ramming woke ideology and LGBTQ values down everyone’s throat is just going to make people hate wokeism and the gay community more.The potential conflict in that is alarming and dangerous. I miss the original show and its Canadian values.

  • March 8, 2020

    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 amorality. We need to elect a leader of the CPC who is NOT afraid to push back on the deceptions in the media and against politically correct evil. As of now, Derek Sloan and Jim Karahalios come to mind.

  • Diane Moen
    March 8, 2020

    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
      March 9, 2020

      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.

  • Michael Groenewold
    March 9, 2020

    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, left-wing radicalism. There is NOTHING sacred for these radicals not even telling the truth about history.

    • Ken and Irene Oakes
      March 11, 2020

      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
        March 11, 2020

        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
    March 29, 2020

    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 to dignify the term with a bunch of ever-changing add-ons) issue has taken on a life of its own with parades, flags, sidewalk painting. We have been numbed down and dumbed down, mistaking complacency for compassion. Sadly truth, I mean real substantiated truth, has become another commodity to be traded in every situation, so as not to “offend”.
    We are now past the point where there is any shame in this way of life and we are forced to view ongoing summer long parades in pretended celebration of a lifestyle pertinent to only a cultural minority. We rewrite historically accepted and biblically and medically proven facts and redefine marriage. Do we do this to offer ourselves and true historical beliefs, upon some sort of altar of human kindness? Kindness does not incorporate nor validate lies, deceit, untruth to fulfill its purposes. No, kindness speaks truth in love hoping to reconcile those in error and darkness to a place of candour and integrity. And may I add healing.
    This constant bombardment attempting to factualize all things LGBT as having historical acceptance is ridiculous.
    Thank you for doing a significant part of illuminating this source of lies in an otherwise compelling series.

  • Sundar
    August 4, 2020

    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 think that any foreigners will be fooled by CBC’s propaganda.

    • Perry D Foster
      January 5, 2021

      I agree entirely. And Murdoch Mysteries is getting worse, kowtowing to the extremist “woke culture” and presenting a false version of Canadian history. It’s infuriating. The C.B.C. has become part of the propaganda arm of the Liberal Party and extremist progressive liberalism. Distorting history in the way they do to promote progressivism, however, is unforgivable and a lie. Thanks for your comment.

  • kel
    August 12, 2020

    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…

    • Perry D Foster
      January 5, 2021

      Agreed. I feel the same way. It’s the influence of extremist liberal progressivism and the lying about history that is most infuriating.

  • pam
    November 12, 2020

    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 !

    • Perry D Foster
      January 5, 2021

      Exactly Pam. And as I said to Sundar, it’s nonsense and it’s getting worse. People actually believe this stuff! Julia is an insufferable character and you would think Toronto in 1911 was 50% coloured and happily accepting of homosexuality. It wasn’t and they weren’t. The series has become a P.C. “woke” lie and there is no way we can condone this kind of lying. I miss the first few years of the series, but ever since Dr. Grace miraculously became a lesbian, it has barely been watchable. Now detective Watts is gay…not too hard to see the propaganda intent of all this. Distorting history in the service of your cause is contemptible.

  • Jim Karrey
    April 10, 2021

    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? What?! Yeah, glad I know what other trash lay ahead.

  • March 15, 2022

    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 discover Terrance Meyer’s domestic life. A good episode. All went well–Until the last few minutes. Watt’s is seen at a pretzel stand, and a flamboyant black poof begins making eyes at the CBC version of Columbo. That was the second time. Watt’s loses his composure, and the black guy swooshes over. “Our meeting must be from above–or below. If you believe that sort of thing.” “what are you doing this afternoon. Let’s go somewhere.” Hoooookay. Watts and his person-of-color fellow gay go off to sodomize, and Watts takes unauthorized “time off” on the taxpayers dime.

    My mind needed a cleansing shower. An entire program w/o any gay propaganda–Until the final minutes of the show. So sick of this anti-Christian programming. How very CBC. It’s becoming harder to escape this politically correct swill. It’s even in British detective shows–as far back as 1978. It gets so predictable. Well; Murdoch is off my list; for the second–and last–time. It used to be such an interesting; enjoyable show to watch. Thanks for ruining it CBC.

  • Edward Field
    April 27, 2022

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

  • J. Gordon
    June 26, 2022

    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
    August 2, 2022

    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
    August 14, 2022

    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
    September 18, 2022

    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
    October 9, 2022

    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
    November 8, 2022

    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.

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