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Houdini & Doyle

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong lead performances deliver compelling dramedy series.

TV Fox Drama 2016
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Adventure and humor coexist brilliantly in this drama series inspired by the real-life relationship between Doyle and Houdini. Though much is fictionalized to set the scene for these frenemies' encounters, there's a foundation of truth in each one's ironic personality: Houdini, the master of illusion, must see something to believe in it; and Doyle, the creator of everyone's favorite rational thinker, Sherlock Holmes, is a firm believer in the supernatural. They form an unlikely team, made even more unusual by the presence of Adelaide, a lesser-known but nonetheless historical figure whose story is shaped to fit this reimagining.

Houdini & Doyle is sharply written and expertly presented by this talented cast, and the men's repartee is delightful to behold. As Doyle tries tirelessly to prove the existence of powers unseen, Houdini's skepticism -- and remarkable sleight of hand -- put his beliefs to the test time and again. Meanwhile, Adelaide finds herself somewhere in the middle, willing to entertain any possibility so long as it leads to the truth and the respect of her superiors. With minimal iffy content, this smart historical fiction series is an excellent choice for watching with your teens.

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