Hulu’s Holiday gift to you today is the first season of Da Vinci’s Inquest, a TV series about a controversial coroner who has no qualms re-opening old cases or burning bridges at the office. It brings to mind police procedurals like CSI, Crossing Jordan and Law & Order, but with a bit of the more old-school Quincy for good measure.
If Da Vinci’s Inquest has been under your radar, don’t be surprised. It was originally broadcast in Canada, a seven-season run that started in 1998. But with the popularity we’ve seen with another Canadian series, ReGenesis, it only made sense to add another to Hulu’s collection of TV. And so Da Vinci’s Inquest is the story of Dominic Da Vinci (Nicholas Campbell), an ex-cop turned coroner for the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, who struggles with his own personal vices as he pursues truth and justice.
In the series opener, embedded here, Da Vinci works on a case that involves a young prostitute found in Vancouver Harbor. After another doctor in the morgue notes similarities between this case and several others, Da Vinci begins re-opening the old cases. This, of course, gets under the skin of the original doctor who performed the autopsies (who just happens to be his ex-wife) as well as his boss. An alliance with a new cop in Homicide is his only hope in putting these victims to rest.
The show is partly based on the real-life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner for Vancouver. He went on to become elected mayor of the city in 2002, and our TV coroner follows suit in a spinoff series, Da Vinci’s City Hall. We’ll continue to work toward acquiring additional seasons of Da Vinci’s Inquest, but in the meantime, check back tomorrow for some new site features. Our holiday gift to you for the rest of the week? Big stars — think Brad Pitt, Katie Holmes and Daniel Day-Lewis — each of the remaining days.
Rebecca Harper (),