Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mysteries on TV: More Suspense, More Drama

Mysteries on TV

We've identified several additional detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series to add to our site, three of which are being profiled in this post.

Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid of Harry Potter fame) played Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, an addicted gambler, a heavy drinker, and a brilliant if deeply flawed criminal psychologist in .

He is, to the working mind of a killer, what CSI is to a trace of blood or a single hair. For Fitz, murder is just the beginning.

The series, which originally aired on ITV1 from September 1993 through November 1995, includes 9 multi-part episodes that are now available on 3 DVD sets.

Several years later, a remake of Cracker aired on ABC in the US. Premiering in September 1997, the series was cancelled before all filmed episodes were shown. This series starred Robert Pastorelli as (renamed) Dr. Gerry "Fitz" Fitzgerald and Josh Hartnett as his son Michael.

Cracker was undoubtedly inspired by the success of the Academy Award-winning (1991) which had a similar premise.

Another British series that spawned a later US remake is which aired as a series of 8 2-part episodes in the US from April 1997 through June 1999. The series starred Robson Green as Detective Inspector Dave Creegan and Nicola Walker as Detective Inspector Susan Taylor, members of the Organized and Serial Crime Unit, a rapid-response crime squad that use diverse techniques to bring criminals to justice.

In 2004, USA Network aired a remake of the series (also titled Touching Evil) starring Jeffery Donovan as Detective David Creegan and Vera Farmiga as Detective Susan Branca, partners in the OSCU. The 13 episodes that comprised this single season series are not (yet) available as a set on DVD though one episode is available on the Brilliant But Cancelled: Crime Dramas DVD.

We've also added the first two seasons of . This procedural drama series debuted on CBS in September 2002 and is currently in its 6th season.

Antony LaPaglia stars as Jack Malone, senior agent for the Missing Persons Squad of the FBI. The sole responsibility of the special task force is to find missing persons by applying advanced psychological profiling techniques. The team reconstructs a "Day of Disappearance" timeline that details every minute of the 24 hours prior to the disappearance, following one simple rule: learn who the victim is in order to learn where the victim is.

More series will be added to this site in the coming weeks!

Visit the Mysteries on TV website to discover more currently available on DVD.

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