Perception

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Dr. Pierce continues to helps the FBI in the second season of the drama.
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Drama
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  1. 1. Cha-Ch-Changes
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    June 24, 2013
    42min
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    Kate Moretti asks Dr. Daniel Pierce to determine the mental competency of a man being retried for murder; Moretti's soon-to-be-ex-husband prosecutes the case.
  2. 2. Alienation
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    July 1, 2013
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    Pierce's imaginary girlfriend threatens his real-life relationship.
  3. 3. Blindness
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    July 8, 2013
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    Pierce to realizes that a killer is trying to send a message.
  4. 4. Toxic
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    July 15, 2013
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    An environmental activist asks Pierce to work on a case.
  5. 5. Caleidoscope
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    July 22, 2013
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    Pierce and Moretti try to solve the murder of a man playing a game online.
  6. 6. Defective
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    July 30, 2013
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    Pierce partners with Donnie to investigate the malfunction of a device.
  7. 7. Neuropositive
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    August 6, 2013
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    Pierce determines the credibility of a man's death-bed confession.
  8. 8. Asylum
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    August 12, 2013
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    Pierce investigates a stabbing at a psychiatric hospital.
  9. 9. Wounded
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    August 19, 2013
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    Donnie tries to help a war hero who suffers from a neurological disorder.
  10. 10. Warrior
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    August 26, 2013
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    Moretti faces criminal charges after taking matters into her own hands.
  11. 11. Curveball
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    February 24, 2014
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    Pierce fights for an autistic teen who is under interrogation for murder.
  12. 12. Brotherhood
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    March 3, 2014
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    Lewicki's brother shows up unannounced.
  13. 13. Cobra
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    March 11, 2014
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    Pierce receives a tip that the CIA might be assassinating U.S. citizens.
  14. 14. Obsession
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    March 17, 2014
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    Pierce's mental stability is questioned when he is accused of stalking.

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Directors
Christopher MisianoKenneth BillerGreg BeemanAndrew BernsteinJeff WoolnoughDeran SarafianLeVar BurtonAlrick RileyTawnia McKiernanAlan Poul
Season year
2014
Network
TNT
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Michelle (Michy) DevonReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Some Minor Suspension of Disbelief Issues
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Okay, some of the stuff they use for plot points takes some 'talking points' from things that are in the headlines of news stories and such, which is kind of cool, to be on top of current events and work them into the storyline, but some of them are really a stretch for believability. Some of the mental disorders he knows about are... well, they're real, but the way they're used in the story are not the way they really happen.

Thinking about the one episode when the girl came back from war and she was unable to talk, but he found that, just because of a certain droop to her face, she could sing! Wow! Yeah, not buying it. Yes, the condition is real (yes, I looked it up--I'm one of 'THOSE' people) but it wouldn't manifest in such a way that he'd be able to tell just by looking at her face.

This was just one example. It's not that the conditions shown are not real, they are... but the way he is able to 'diagnose' them and tell that this is what someone is suffering from an using that to solve crimes just takes a stretch for me to believe.

However, for the sake of wanting to be entertained, I sometimes allow myself to watch the show without yelling at the television, "Oh, come on!" (Okay, so I don't manage to do that, but at least when I'm yelling at the TV, my family is laughing at me while we watch the show.)

So if you can get past the suspension of disbelief issues, Eric McCormack's performance is really quite brilliant. He plays 'crazy' quite well, and unlike some of his post-Will & Grace work, this one seems really suited to his character as an actor--he just plays this part well, and believable in the struggles that a man, a brilliant man, can be limited by but not stopped by his psychological conditions. Knowing a real-life paranoid schizophrenic, I know he's certainly not as functional as the doctor on this show, but I think they write it and he acts well enough to suspend my disbelief on that. Not all schizophrenics are the same, and some are higher functioning than others.

I like the added element of a love interest in this season, and the conflict with the love interest compared to the fictional person in his mind... it will be interesting to see where this goes.

The acting is... well, a little uncomfortable yet, but I'm getting used to the characters as they get used to each other. Overall, this is a good series that I hope to stick with. Looking forward to season 3.
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kybrdplyrReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Overly dramatic. Isn't the reality of mental illness and neuroscience enough? Gaining on the topic, it is getting better!
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This episode felt like an overwrought effort toward explaining mental illness and the intricacies of the brain. The facts of these matters are a part of life that is interesting enough without over dramatization. While representing a high functioning person with mental illness is a valuable experience for our culture and television, a Hollywood-studio emphasis using stereotypical plot ploys and characters does the basic concept a disservice. I hope this series settles down a bit into real story telling without the over-hyped trajectory of story telling. The characters, including the protagonist, his assistant, his advocate at the police department, etc. are terrific. The President of the school, played by Levar Burton, just seems silly, again a tool for some comic relief rather than a real person. A bit of balance and less bright lighted fade-aways would help. Edit added: "Asylum" episode the most compassionate and reality based episode thus far about the "brain entrapment" that is mental illness. I appreciated the patient-centric tenor of this piece, especially when explaining how delusions are, at times, more like reality and the "greater sum of its parts." Disbelieving, discrediting, dismissing were all missing for the consideration of what aspect of delusion and mental illness experience is real. That is unusual in any program or book for that matter. The mental hospital components were represented in a reasonable fashion though not entirely within the scope of reality (a dimmer light accessible to patients? I don't think so!)
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SCAKReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
EXCELLENT
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Let me start by saying, I'm not a writer so I'm just trying to let you know how amazing this show really is, If I don't make sense... sorry!
Probably one of the best shows out there right now. The concept is so new and so different that it's entertaining right from the start.
Eric McCormack plays his character as schizophrenic Dr. Daniel Pierce perfectly and with grace and respect (it's a very serious illness), and Arjay Smith portrayal of Max Lewicki (Daniels assistant) is wonderful. The chemistry between them was immediate. It took me a few episodes to decided if I liked Rachael Leigh Cook as FBI Agent Kate Moretti because I didn't feel the chemistry between her and Daniel. She kinda grew on me in season 1 and now I can't see the show without her. The addition of Scott Wolf as her ex-husband added the missing element to her character, I hope they keep him around. Lavar Burton and Kelly Rowen balance the show out as Daniels muse and boss. I say watch all of Season 1, you'll be hooked after 3 episodes. The way they deal with mental illness in Perception is done so respectfully, I feel that it puts a positive light on a subject that far too many people try to ignore. I watch Perception on Amazon Instant Video and have my account set up to automatically send me the show so I don't have to worry about missing it! It's worth your time.
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TumblewindReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Learn newest neuroscience while watching crime-solving show
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I am fascinated by the brain, and this show always starts and ends with a current finding on the working of the neurochemistry of the brain. Then the FBI case our main character solves usually involves that particular brain syndrome. The acting of the win cast is good.

I do find the on & off fantasies of the professor's schizophrenia a little bewildering and too-conveniently timed. He can solve a case using his rational mind interpreting the schizophrenia-attributed clues. You are to assume the fantasy people who give the doc clues as he is solving the case are supposed to be his subconscious talking to him, but it's farfetched. The fantasy girlfriend (especially when she gets chosen over the real thing) and some of the caricature hallucinations - such as the general - are a bit annoying. I'm also not sure why McCormack's professor is such a rude curmudgeon - is that supposed to be part of schizophrenia? It just seems like thoughtless behavior - especially when he jumps all over the helpful gestures of his kind assistant. Also I find FBI agent Moretti's ex-husband Donnie just too unlikable for him to be continuing to improve his relationships with Moretti and Pierce. Small dissatisfactions though.

Overall, this is a fun, enlightening show, with a bit of willing suspension of disbelief. I am still a loyal fan.
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Jack ShadowReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Doc With A Problem
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The first season was just interesting enough to keep me watching to see where the writers were going. The show fits a popular structure: smart guy with a quirk, problem, talent, works with a cute, beautiful, detective to help her solve crimes. Usually homicide. In this case the doc talks to people who are not there. He has a mental problem. He talks to these non-existing people and usually gets input from them that helps solve the case. Good enough for the first season and to rate a second season. The writers are now smart enough to kick it up a notch or two for the second season.

Natalie, one of the Doc's regular hallucinations, appears as a real person. Only she is not Natalie, she is someone the Doc has seen for a brief moment a few years earlier. This becomes a couple of the best episodes in the series and does open doors to an interesting direction. The second season also introduces a new character: the cute cop lady's soon to be ex-husband. Definitely time to broaden the cast and this works. It gives the cute cop lady, who has been pretty bland so far, more to do and more interesting screen time. In the final episodes she finally gets away from just being the Doc's straight man and takes charge. In the second season an interesting series has become a good series.
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seg95640Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
brilliant!
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This is a brilliant forensic/crime drama in the same vein as Monk, Numbers, or Bones but more thought-provoking. The protagonist is a schizophrenic who works with the FBI when mental illness is a possible factor in their case, but he also has his own 9 to 5 as a college professor and brilliant neuro-scientist. The lessons he teaches and the way he deals with problems in his life give an insight to a schizophrenic's struggle, but also give some insight into our own lives and the way we deal with issues that arise. The script is well-written, giving a believable plot that blends drama with humor that could naturally be found in these circumstances. The result, as delivered by the wonderful cast, is a show that is funny without being clownish and without the exhaustingly stark contrast between drama and comic relief usually found in darker dramas. As with the protagonist of Monk, I can imagine the characters being real people with real problems and their own way of trying to muddle through everyday life. This would not be possible without also having amazing actors to portray these characters. Between these factors and the fun the camera crew and director seem to have with lighting and camera shots, I see a show that would be considered true literature if it were a book. Enjoy!
CD Los AngelesReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful dive into human behavior. Insightful, informative, and a great ensemble.
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Came upon this series by clicking around. The star captured my attention because I love his work and I loved Travelers another series he starred in. I binged watched both seasons and was sad when there were no more. Insightful, fun and intriguing to say the least. More please.
rikE2iisReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
As one who suffers from an...............
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illness related to a Traumatic Brain Injury, which happened during Desert Storm, I like how this show deals within the realm of Mental Illness. It shows, in this case people who suffer from schizophrenia do NOT have a debilitating disease and can live productive lives. Granted, this character has a high level of support and that is the MAIN story behind dealing with an Illness--it's like cancer, Parkinson, MS, and et al these chronic illness; they all need support groups such as family, medical staff, friends, et al I, for 23 years, have lived within a bag of skin filled with bones since my retirement in1993, when the government said to me “I was not trainable.” I feel a special closeness with the entire show because it is my only support group and it helps me by just watching. Keep up the good work and please keep the show at a more humanistic reality and not wonder off a good and proven storyline

Thank you for a good season 1 & 2.
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