TNT TV series PerceptionNetwork: TNT
Episodes: 39 (hour)
Seasons: Three

TV show dates: July 9, 2012 — March 17, 2015
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, Kelly Rowan, and LeVar Burton.

TV show description:      
This TV show revolves around Doctor Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), an eccentric and brilliant neuroscience professor. Unfortunately, his mind is also damaged and he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Pierce struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly though, he considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Pierce’s greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways.

Still, he’s recruited by FBI agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and can look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath. Kate is Pierce’s former student and, unlike her colleagues, she’s willing to look past his peculiarities.

Pierce’s mental condition and offbeat manner make it difficult for him to achieve the close friendships and intimate relationships he craves.

Those close to him include Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith), his teaching assistant. Max’s primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task, whether that means grading midterms or laying out his boss’ wardrobe for the day. Natalie Vincent (Kelly Rowan) is Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. Paul Haley (LeVar Burton) is the dean at Pierce’s university and one of his few friends.

Pierce is in his element when solving an intricate puzzle or a coded message. But in unfamiliar situations, he can quickly become overwhelmed, and only his favorite music and a crossword puzzle have the power to make things right again.

Series Finale:     
Episode #39 — Run
When Moretti goes missing the day of her wedding, Pierce and Donnie set off in pursuit of the runaway bride. They soon learn that Kate has been abducted by a dangerous person from Pierce’s own past. Pierce and Donnie risk everything to save Moretti before it’s too late.
First aired: March 17, 2015


What do you think? Do you like the Perception TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

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  1. john says

    The ‘creators’ never had to work in real life with a schizophrenic or live with one? It is sad and not the easiest. This is absolutely nothing like working or living with one.

  2. Anne says

    Really enjoy this show..reminds me just slightly of “A Beautiful Mind”.. Intelligent, and fun hour of TV..Hope this stays around a long time!

  3. Betty says

    Re:episode aired on Aug. 6th, 2012. In the at the beginning of this episode, the scripture verse was quoted Ruth 1:16. If the writers are going to attempt to use scripture at least they should be accurate. Although part of the dialog used was OK, the reference was made that it was “spoken by Naomi to her mother-in-law”. This is not right! Naomi IS the mother-in-law and the phrase was spoken by Ruth. Things like this make your credibility as writers, suspect.

  4. Lisa Brown says

    Worth watching? Deinitely! Will be cancelled within the first two seasons Probably. It doesn’t cater to the lowest common denominator. It’s thoughtful, thought-provoking, educational, and funny, all at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see what the powers-that-be do with this show. Remember Numb3rs”?

  5. mumzzy says

    This show balances: Our need to feel smart without the fear of being called an egg-head (psychology and short intrinsic lessons thereof satisfying the innate need we all have to pursue knowledge, and; Our desire for entertaining fluff without being called an air-head (via witty, albeit sometimes subtle, banter between and the characters providing the temporary escape from our thoughts).

  6. Terri says

    I like this show. I like the acting and the writing. I hope it contnues for a few more seasons. It’s a lot better than some other crime shows on other networks. I will continue to watch it and hope that others who like the show will write in and keep it on the air. Once an intelligent show comes on TV the masses automatically don’t like it but people want to see shows that are different and reality shows or stupid humor sit -coms.

  7. Jerry says

    Producers of this mediocre and poorly acted tv show decided it was a good idea to bash George W Bush as a liar in the first episode. This show is to weak to survive ticking off half it’s potential viewers. Shows that can survive pulling stunts like that typically must be on cable networks like HBO where poor ratings won’t get a show pulled for at least a few seasons.

    • Sandy says

      You must forget the part where the same guy was laughing at Clinton later in the episode, or do you have selective memory? Later in Bushs career a lot of people were making fun of him, so why call out this one tv show?

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