Seeing Things (TV series)

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Seeing Things
GenreMystery Comedy-drama
Created byDavid Barlow
Louis Del Grande
Written byDavid Barlow
Louis Del Grande
Directed byGeorge McCowan
StarringLouis Del Grande
Janet-Laine Green
Martha Gibson
Composer(s)Philip Schreibman
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes43
Executive producer(s)Robert Allen
Producer(s)David Barlow
Louis Del Grande
Production location(s)Toronto
CinematographyNikos Evdemon
Editor(s)Vincent Kent
Running time1 hour
Production company(s)CBC
Original networkCBC Television
Original release15 September 1981 (1981-09-15) –
15 May 1987 (1987-05-15)

Seeing Things is a Canadian comedy-drama mystery television series which originally aired on CBC Television from 1981 to 1987. It was also seen in Europe, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Australia and the United States.[1] In all, 43 episodes were produced. With the exception of "Seeing R.E.D." (90 minutes) episodes were one hour long.

The show starred Louis Del Grande as Louis Ciccone, a newspaper journalist who solves murders with the help of postcognitive visions. Louis can only control this ability by investigating clues given in a vision. (In some episodes, such as "Seeing the Country", he is able to stop visions from entering his mind.) Only when he discovers new information will further visions occur, which provide increasingly more detail until they finally reveal the murderer.

Del Grande (formerly an actor, writer and co-producer of the hit sitcom The King of Kensington) was also the show's creator and writer.

The show also starred Del Grande's real-life wife Martha Gibson[1] as Ciccone's ex-wife Marge, who, even though she and Louie were divorced, continued to help him with his cases. Marge even drove Louie around town (Louie, like Del Grande in real life, was too hyper to get a driver's license), though she initially rejected Louie's desire to rekindle their relationship (they finally became a couple again in the show's final season). Del Grande and Gibson were married, then divorced in real life; they had re-wed just before the series started.

The supporting cast included Janet-Laine Green as crown attorney Heather Redfern, as well as Frank Adamson, Lynne Gordon, Ivan Beaulieu, Murray Westgate, Louis Negin and Cec Linder.

Seeing Things was a hit, and guest-starred several celebrities, such as Ronnie Hawkins, Bruno Gerussi, Gordon Pinsent and Karen Kain. Another notable appearance is by Mark McKinney of The Kids in the Hall, who played a character working in a morgue in the episode "Different Point of View". The show won several awards. In 1983, Del Grande won an ACTRA Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, and Sheldon Chad won an ACTRA award for Best Writer Television Drama for the episode "Seeing Double".

In Canada, it aired on Sunday evenings, typically drawing 1.1 million viewers. In the United States, it was broadcast by PBS.[1]

At the time it first aired, it was the "most successful home-grown program in Canada".[1]

Episode list[edit]

  • Ep = Episode number within the season
  • = Overall episode number

Season 1 (1981)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 1 "I May Be Seeing Things, But I'm Not Crazy" 1981·Sep·15
2 2 "Sight Unseen" 1981·Sep·22
3 3 "A Charming Sight" 1981·Sep·29

Season 2 (1982)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 4 "An Eye for an Eye" 1982·Oct·20
2 5 "Looking Back" 1982·Oct·27
3 6 "Seeing Double" 1982·Nov·03
4 7 "Through the Looking Glass" 1982·Nov·10
5 8 "Eyes Too Big for His Stomach" 1982·Nov·17
6 9 "Evil Eye" 1982·Nov·24
7 10 "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" 1982·Dec·01
8 11 "In the Eyes of the Law" 1982·Dec·08

Season 3 (1984)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 12 "Seeing R.E.D." 1984·Jan·15
2 13 "Someone Is Watching" 1984·Jan·22
3 14 "I'm Looking Through You" 1984·Jan·29
4 15 "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" 1984·Feb·05
5 16 "Snow Blind" 1984·Feb·12
6 17 "An Eye on the Future" 1984·Feb·19
7 18 "Second Sight" 1984·Feb·26
8 19 "Looking Good" 1984·Mar·04

Season 4 (1985)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 20 "Fortune and Ladies' Eyes" 1985·Feb·03
2 21 "Seeing the Country" 1985·Feb·10
3 22 "You Can't Believe Your Eyes" 1985·Feb·17
4 23 "Defective Vision" 1985·Feb·24
5 24 "Eye in the Sky (Part 1)" 1985·Mar·03
6 25 "Eye in the Sky (Part 2)" 1985·Mar·10
7 26 "I'll Be Seeing You" 1985·Mar·17
8 27 "Blind Alley" 1985·Mar·24

Season 5 (1986)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 28 "The Walls Have Eyes" 1986·Jan·26
2 29 "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" 1986·Feb·02
3 30 "If Looks Could Kill" 1986·Feb·09
4 31 "The Eyes of Ra" 1986·Feb·16
5 32 "I'm Dancing with Stars in My Eyes" 1986·Feb·23
6 33 "Optical Illusion" 1986·Mar·02
7 34 "Look at Me, Look at Me" 1986·Mar·09
8 35 "That Hang Dog Look" 1986·Mar·16

Season 6 (1987)[edit]

Ep Title Airdate
1 36 "Here's Looking at You" 1987·Feb·24
2 37 "Eye of the Beholder" 1987·Mar·03
3 38 "Spectacle of India" 1987·Mar·10
4 39 "Another Point of View" 1987·Mar·17
5 40 "The Naked Eye" 1987·Mar·24
6 41 "Bull's-Eye" 1987·Mar·31
7 42 "Gifted Pupils" 1987·Apr·07
8 43 "A Vision in White" 1987·May·15


  1. ^ a b c d Kaufman, Michael T. (21 May 1984). "American mystery series for Canadian TV a hit". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018.

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