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Perception

3 Seasons

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (243) IMDb 7.5/10

It's mind over murder, as an eccentric neuroscientist with a unique view of the world teams up with the FBI to crack difficult cases in TNT's new drama series, "Perception." Eric McCormack stars, with Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan.

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Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

A neuroscience professor is recruited by the FBI to investigate a death.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: July 9, 2012
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2. Faces

Moretti enlists Pierce's help to solve a murder of a mail-order bride.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 16, 2012
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3. 86'd

Pierce and Moretti look for clues as a serial killer from 1986 resurfaces.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 23, 2012
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4. Cipher

Pierce tries to crack a coded message left in a newspaper.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 30, 2012
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5. The Messenger

A young man in a cult claims to be hearing the word of God.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 6, 2012
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6. Lovesick

Pierce helps the FBI investigate the murder of a therapist.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 13, 2012
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7. Nemesis

Pierce is brought into a case involving a schizophrenic.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 27, 2012
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8. Kilimanjaro

Moretti and Pierce investigate the murder of a college student.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 3, 2012
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9. Shadow

Pierce is tipped off about a conspiracy to cover the murder of a Senator.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: September 10, 2012
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10. Light

Moretti learns there may be some truth to Pierce's conspiracy theory.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 17, 2012
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Perception is a typical crime mystery drama. Its special twist is its lead character who has paranoid schizophrenia.

Dr. Daniel Pierce is a brilliant neuroscientist who opens and closes each show with a fascinating lecture on the brain. When he's not lecturing, he's absorbed in any puzzle he can find. Puzzles help keep him focused on reality instead of his delusions. The best puzzles are the ones brought by his friend from the FBI.

Daniel and Kate solve the mystery of the week together. The 'Aha!' moment often comes when Daniel pays attention to his hallucinations. They provide messages from his subconscious that lead him to see what he couldn't otherwise see. The mysteries are interesting and engaging.

This is wonderful as an introduction to life with a serious mental illness. The show focuses on the mystery, keeping the discussions on mental illness from being heavy-handed. But they also gently touch on the disappointments and frustrations of mental illness. And Daniel's brilliance and competence is a constant ray of hope. Another ray of hope is in the care and affection his friends have for him.

I have watched a loved one suffer through delusions and paranoia. This is not that, and I wouldn't want it to be. The show doesn't have the extreme ups and downs of real life with an illness like schizophrenia. It shows his symptoms as mostly useful and sometimes worrisome. Some might say that they take the illness too lightly. I'm not sure I'd want to watch a show that was harsher.

The heart of this show is its hope. Daniel is a fighter. He's determined to find the best life for himself, even if that means making sacrifices. The show gives a respectful but superficial glance into what it's like to live with this kind of mental illness.
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I discovered this DVD with having no knowledge of what it was about and that is IMHO the best way to experience it. I see there are already 89 reviews posted here ( many are based on the reviewer covering the TV show, not the DVD; check review date as Amazon groups ALL reviews of a show, whether streaming, DVD or broadcast TV), but I haven't read them yet. And if you don't like "spoiler alerts" you might want to skip the lengthier ones on first pass. You won't get any "spoilers" from me here.

The show's first season on ABC had 10 episodes. It's a murder mystery series (though it involves the FBI and not a local police bureau). The main character is a college professor in Chicago area who has had mental issues. But he has also written major books on psycho-pharmacology. He helps the FBI solve murders, one in each episode. But there is a back story line here too and I won't share that yet.
Since the DVD has no commercials each episode runs less than 45 minutes (any you wonder how many commercials are inserted in the average TV show?) and so you can watch the whole season easily over 2-3 nights - as I did. I found that the best way as it flowed better. I'm not spoiling anything her by telling you a few things: The back story line has a nice "arc" and certain "loose ends" are tied up at the end. This is not one of those TV shows that leave you with a cliffhanger at the end of the season. The show has been renewed (I never saw it on TV and don't plan to watch Season Two until its DVD release) but this Season stands on its own. (Note that Episodes 9 and 10 are connected (a two-parter).

Like an onion, each episode peels off another layer of the central character and things that had you wondering why things happened are revealed at appropriate times.
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This series was refreshingly unique in its approach to crime solving. Its similar to The Closer with its lighthearted humor and incredible writing yet adds its own unique flair. I agree with the last reviewer that it handles the topic of schizophrenia with respect. It actually shows hope for a dx that they can be humanized and lead a very much needed and successful life as a professor and in this show an FBI specialist. I love learning about some of the psycological aspects to crime solving. I think if you enjoy drama then you should give "Perception" a watch.
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Eric McCormack is quirky and entertaining as the consulting professor, and Rachel Lee Cook is witty and adorable as an FBI agent.
The two have nice screen chemistry. It's also nice to see TV favorites like Lavar Burton and Jamie Bamber in recurring roles. I heard a blurb about this show on NPR and was interested in the writer's inspiration for the McCormack character. Very entertaining so far.
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Now that summer is in full swing there aren't many of the fall/winter/spring series that everybody watches so avidly: The Borgias, Game of Thrones, Nurse Jackie, The Hour, Downton Abbey are all on hiatus. Yes, Suits is in a new season, and joining Suits is the very terrific The Newsroom with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer et al. And now another series that is smartly written and well acted - PERCEPTION.

Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases. The interesting aspect about Pierce is his perception - he sees people that aren't there, is able to translate anagrams, can sense when someone is lying, etc. He may be schizophrenic but that part of his character isn't clear yet. We can see that he is terrific in the classroom. For his own check on reality he keeps a young student by his side, Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki. He is `visited' by people form his past or his imagination who `aid' him - Colin Cunningham, Kelly Rowan - and is associated with an FBI team that includes Rachel Leigh Cook as Kate Moretti, Christopher Chen, Jonathan Scarfe, etc. Somehow this combination adds to solving insolvable cases.

If the writers are able to maintain credibility with Dr Pierce and his idiosyncrasies for a whole season with too much pushing the button, this should prove to be a very watchable season. Worth giving it a chance. Grady Harp, July 12
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