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The Dresden Files

Season 1
Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is a regular-guy private detective with extraordinary abilities. Whether consulting for the police on seemingly inexplicable crimes or following his own cases, he battles dark forces with a wry sense of humor.
Raoul BhanejaPaul BlackthorneValerie Cruz
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  1. 1. Birds of a Feather
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    21 January 2007
    Dresden takes on the case of a boy who's sure monsters are stalking him, but a misstep by Harry puts everyone at risk.
  2. 2. The Boone Identity
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    28 January 2007
    Dresden takes on the case of a father being haunted by his daughter, but the circumstances of her murder send Harry in a different direction that endangers Connie.
  3. 3. Hair of the Dog
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    11 February 2007
    The FBI takes over Murphy's case involving a serial killer who takes the hair and teeth of the victim, but the reason may be for more than catching the killer.
  4. 4. Rules of Engagement
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    18 February 2007
    Harry uncovers a distasteful alliance while trying to protect his client from a hellion.
  5. 5. Bad Blood
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    25 February 2007
    Dresden gets himself mixed up in a turf war between vampire gangs when he's pressured to repay a debt.
  6. 6. Soul Beneficiary
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    4 March 2007
    When a man drops dead in Harry's office, Harry is led to investigate a complex murder plot with ties to Bob's past.
  7. 7. Walls
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    11 March 2007
    Dresden takes on a case pro bono after a woman coming to him for help is killed in front of him, but the investigation leads to dark magic and more death.
  8. 8. Storm Front
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    18 March 2007
    Dresden runs up against the High Council when they suspect him in the deaths of a college coed and a local mobster from black magic.
  9. 9. The Other Dick
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    25 March 2007
    Harry is forced to get a license to continue working for the police department, but when his teacher turns up dead of black magic he teams with man's assistant in a case that takes fertile twist.
  10. 10. What About Bob?
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    1 April 2007
    A one night stand turns deadly when an old nemesis of Harry's reappears.
  11. 11. Things That Go Bump
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    8 April 2007
    Morgan and Ancient Mai reluctantly take refuge at Harry's.
  12. 12. Second City
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    15 April 2007
    Murphy's dad comes to town, bringing up old resentments, and when he starts interfering with her case of reformed criminals dying mysteriously, and Harry's participation in it, things go from bad to worse.

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James A. ContnerMichael NankinMichael GrossmanRick RosenthalKen GirottiDavid CarsonJames HeadDavid StraitonNick CopusMichael Robison
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Jonathan HigginsDaniel KashMatthew KnightTerrence MannKathleen MunroeConrad CoatesKim CoatesJoanne KellyJane McLeanElizabeth ThaiClaudia Black
David CarsonJonathan Hackett
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3.3 out of 5 stars

31 global ratings

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mishaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Promising but that's all folks
This detective/wizard saga follows on from the Buffy/Angel era and is very enjoyable. The story lines are engaging and the casting is well chosen with Paul Blackthorne taking the title role of Harry Dresden, Valerie Cruz as Lt Murphy and Conrad Coates as Morgan. Paul Blackthorne is a likeable actor who brings a lot of warmth to his roles. Particularly adorable was Terence Mann aka Hrothbert of Bainbridge aka 'Bob' who played the wizard's familiar - doesn't he have a great voice? This was a promising series based on the books by Jim Butcher but as there was only one season we can only ponder on what might have been. I watched it end to end and thought it had quality. The production values were very good too but there is no more so that's all, folks.
15 people found this helpful
puddleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good entertainment but nothing like the books
Love the Dresden File books and bought then dvds. If you want a bit of escapism this serious will do it. Paul Blackthorne is Superb as Harry Dresden but the producers have changed pretty much all of the storylines. Terrence Mann is great in the role of Harry's mentor/ sidekick but again his persona has been drastically changed. Speaking of changes, Harry's home/office also changes from one episode to the next. My advice, enjoy the show for what it is, but if the idea behind it attracts you buy beg steal or borrow the books to find out just what a brilliant writer Jim Butcher is and enter the real world Of Harry Dresden, it's much more enthralling. If only Jim had written more..
12 people found this helpful
TuskReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It was a nice way to while away a few hours.
"Buffy" it ain't, and nor is it "The Fades", lighthearted in nature, it fits somewhere within those two shows.

"The Dresden Files" could have been very good, but it was not to be.
Composition wise the show could have been a lot better.

Now, .. from viewing it all: then I have to say that someone obviously had spare footage left over from the original; that they then placed in it the first series to fluff it up a bit, but to just plonk it inside like that, and then hope no one would notice; really was a travesty of corporate editing.

"Storm Front!" Episode Eight was completely out of sequence, where did that cat come from?
Where's BOB?
What's with the headaches?
- And how come Murphy's in on the whole secretive "High Council" thing?

Yes, we can see a type of Drax in Ancient Mie, and yes: Harry told Murphy all about them during the dark spell, but it didn't last as the sun came out again. (in Joke!)

Overall the characters were developing nicely, as was the plot lines: pity the producers didn't have the bottle to make anymore. Never-the-less: overall worth a watch if you've nothing better to do on a lazy Sunday: or a lock-in Monday.

4 people found this helpful
BagsyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not sure why this is called the Dresden files
This actually bears no resemblance to the books apart from some names. Why they changed so much - who knows? Probably some studio execs thinking they knew best but obviously they were wrong as it didn't last. Apart from that it is an ok detective show with magic - nothing special. If they had stuck to the books as much as is possible they could have had a cracker of a show as the books are full of excitement, magic and fun.
5 people found this helpful
AmedeoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch the series.
I haven't read the books, but I'm not one who thinks all mediums should be the same. Looking at the series as a stand alone product, I found it entertaining and was disappointed to find it had only had one series. When I have gotten to the end of my current backlog, I will keep the books in mind for a visit.
4 people found this helpful
Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
good start to series just got a bit fanciful at the end
Good start at the beginning, but like a lot of these mystical things, the producers or writers must get bored and come up with some bizarre later episodes. They spoil it a bit then.
But it was good up until last few where it got a bit far fetched.. They need ot keep some reality to it and it did start to look a bit like buffy, and I hate the fluffy buffy thing.
Noble EagleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great, but cut short
This was an excellent and highly enjoyable take on the noir PI genre with a supernatural twist. Sadly though, as happens all too often, some idiot suit at Sci-Fi decided to cut the series short at one series of only ten episodes. It deserved more seasons for the story arcs and characters to develop, but it was not to be.

Worth watching, but leaves you wanting more - and that will never happen. Unless you decide to read the books.
VirginiaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked watching this series
Considering Dresden was a wizard, he certainly couldn't fight. What I didn't like about this actor was how he made me feel. I don't know who told him to always have his mouth open. \it was very odd and I cringed when he kissed Murphy because of his chapped lips. Odd I know,
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