|Craig McLachlan as Dr. Blake|
Running Time: 60 minutes.
Status: To date, six seasons have been broadcast between 2013 and 2018.
Production Notes: Star Craig McLachlan was nominated for a Logie Award for three consecutive years, 2014 - 2016. The Logie is the Australian version of an Emmy Award (you can read more about it at the official Logie Awards web site.) The Doctor Blake Mysteries was one of the top-rated dramas in Australia, but was cancelled in 2018. McLachlan did not appear in the last episode, as he was facing sexual harassment allegations at the time. It featured other cast members and was titled The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories.
Our Review: Predictable mysteries are the only thing keeping The Doctor Blake Mysteries from ranking with the genre's finest dramas. There are a couple of strong episodes during the first season: "Hearts and Flowers" (which takes place during a flower festival...reminding us of Midsomer Murders) and "Bedlam" (which takes place in a mental institution). However, most episodes feature weakly-plotted mysteries with an obvious killer and a paucity of viable suspects. Craig McLachlan makes a convincing lead and he receives strong support from the rest of the cast. The time period and the location set it apart from contemporary detective series--especially for American audiences who watch little Aussie television.