Mysterious Ways (TV series)

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Mysterious Ways
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Created by Peter O'Fallon
Written by Peter O'Fallon
Carl Binder
Dawn Ritchie
Steven Barwin
Melissa Byer
Treena Hancock
Starring Adrian Pasdar
Rae Dawn Chong
Alisen Down
Country of origin Canada
United States
No. of episodes 44
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Lionsgate Television
Paxson Entertainment
Distributor Sony Pictures Television (international)
Lionsgate (USA & Canada)
Original network CTV / Pax
(seasons 1-2) / NBC
(seasons 1-2)
Original release July 24, 2000 – May 14, 2002

Mysterious Ways is a Canadian/American television science fiction/drama series that was produced in-house by what was once PAX TV, in association with Lionsgate Television and CTV. It was cancelled in 2002 after two seasons.


Mysterious Ways was created by Peter O'Fallon, who wanted a science-fiction drama that was family-friendly and allowed him to explore humanistic themes.[1] U2's song of the same name inspired the series' title.[1]

The show first eight episodes aired in the United States on NBC starting July 2000. The show returned in January 2001 and later on July of the same year, before being pulled in August due to poor ratings. Meanwhile, PAX (a channel NBC had a 32% interest in) aired the show since August 2000 through the summer months. PAX would become the show's home for the rest of its run, until September 2002.[1] For O'Fallon it was a good move, since it allowed them total creative freedom. [1]

The series had seen success internationally, even after its cancellation.[1] It currently airs in syndication on VisionTV in Canada.

Despite many fans pushing for it, as of November 2016 the series has not been released on DVD.[citation needed]


The series focuses on the search for explanations of, and evidence for, seemingly miraculous phenomena. This search is carried out by the protagonist Declan Dunn (Adrian Pasdar). Declan is a professor of anthropology at the Northern University of Oregon and is often compared with Indiana Jones due to his energetic enthusiasm for solving a mystery. His passion for miraculous events has its roots in a self-experienced mischance of being caught in an avalanche and getting out alive. He considers this to be miraculous and attributes it as the turning point in his life. In several episodes he makes references to this event and the impact it had on his life.

Always ready to help out with the research, though sometimes they appear slightly reluctant, are Declan's close friends Dr. Peggy Fowler (Rae Dawn Chong), a psychiatrist at a nearby hospital, and Miranda Feigelsteen (Alisen Down), a physics graduate student and Declan's research assistant. Peggy is the most levelheaded of the three and is generally the one presenting the mundane alternatives to Declan's theories. Her so-called "rational explanations" often provide no explanation whatsoever, e.g. "It was just a freak occurrence".

Often being assigned to carry out tests of various substances, or operating a range of instruments, is Miranda. She is the second skeptic besides Peggy, with a somber and introvert personality, sometimes with moments of joking banter or sarcastic comments. In the episodes "The Ties That Bind" (1.08) and "Free Spirit" (2.14) another, more open side of her is shown before her social peers, if only temporarily. Being the quiet personality, Miranda is sometimes somewhat of a mystery even to her best friends.

In many cases the episodes conclude with a rational explanation being seemingly validated, then disproven at the last minute; thus leaving the question of paranormal activity open once more.


The cast of Mysterious Ways
  • Adrian Pasdar as Declan Dunn, the main character of the series. Declan is a Professor of Anthropology at Northern University in Oregon. While skiing, he was caught up in an avalanche. He was left for dead, but miraculously made it out alive. Ever since this incident, Declan has dedicated a large part of his free time to investigating miracles that occur around or to certain individuals in the hopes that it will bring some perspective to the miracle that saved his life. He is assisted in his investigations by his close friends Dr. Peggy Fowler, a psychiatrist, and Miranda Feigelsteen, Declan's assistant. Both of these women are strong skeptics and, although they rarely turn down helping Declan, they always attempt to use science to explain the events that surround the miraculous phenomena. Declan has a wry sense of humor that he uses to make jokes even in the face of strange phenomena.
  • Rae Dawn Chong as Dr. Peggy Fowler, a smart and open psychiatrist who helps victims of strange and unusual events cope with their feelings. Although having a relatively cheerful personality, Peggy is still haunted by her husbands' death and because of this event, no longer believes in miracles but in people. Despite her beliefs, she nearly always helps Declan whenever he requests it, her connections at the hospital being a great help to Declan and his investigations. She often attempts to disprove Declan's theories and is confused and elated when she cannot explain the miracles she witnesses.
  • Alisen Down as Miranda Feigelsteen, assistant to Declan and physics graduate student, Miranda is sarcastic, intelligent and slightly unimpressed. Like her friend Peggy, Miranda has little belief in miracles and nearly always has a contrary position to Declan's theories. Despite this, Miranda is very loyal to Declan and always has time to listen to him and his theories. Their relationship is very special, Declan seemingly being the only one to bring Miranda out of her shell.


Season 1 (2000–01)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Amazing Grace" Carl Binder Story: Peter O'Fallon
Teleplay: Peter O'Fallon, Joel Fields, Carl Binder
July 24, 2000 (2000-07-24) 101
2 2 "The Gray Lady" Carl Binder Peter O'Fallon July 31, 2000 (2000-07-31) 102
3 3 "The Midas Touch" Alan Simmonds Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer August 7, 2000 (2000-08-07) 104
4 4 "Camp Sanopi" Michael Robison Carl Binder August 14, 2000 (2000-08-14) 105
5 5 "Spirit Junction" Steve Anker Dawn Ritchie August 21, 2000 (2000-08-21) 107
6 6 "Twins" Anne Wheeler Barbara Covington August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28) 103
7 7 "Crazy" Alan Simmonds Barbara Covington September 4, 2000 (2000-09-04) 106
8 8 "The Ties That Bind" Ken Jubenvill Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer September 11, 2000 (2000-09-11) 108
9 9 "Demons" Allan Kroeker Gabriel David Tick, Steven Barwin September 12, 2000 (2000-09-12) 109
10 10 "Crystal Clear" Brad Turner Philip Gerson November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07) 113
11 11 "Stranger in the Mirror" Ken Jubenvill Eric Tuchman November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14) 111
12 12 "Handshake" Michael Rohl Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21) 116
13 13 "Intentions" Rick Stevenson Barbara Covington November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28) 110
14 14 "Reason to Cry" Brad Turner Barbara Covington December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19) 115
15 15 "The Greater Good" Charles Winkler Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer January 1, 2001 (2001-01-01) 117
16 16 "Yesterday" Michael Robison Carl Binder January 8, 2001 (2001-01-08) 121
17 17 "19A" Alan Simmonds Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09) 112
18 18 "Strike Two" Ken Jubenvill Dawn Ritchie January 15, 2001 (2001-01-15) 114
19 19 "Dead Dog Walking" Peter O'Fallon Dawn Ritchie January 22, 2001 (2001-01-22) 119
20 20 "Wonderful" Ken Jubenvill Eric Tuchman January 29, 2001 (2001-01-29) 122
21 21 "Do You See What I See?" Rick Stevenson Eric Tuchman February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06) 118
22 22 "John Doe #28" Scott Williams Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01) 120

Season 2 (2001–02)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
23 1 "Phoenix" Michael Robison Carl Binder July 13, 2001 (2001-07-13) 201
24 2 "One of Us" Michael Robison Melissa R. Byer, Treena Hancock July 20, 2001 (2001-07-20) 205
25 3 "Pure of Heart" Rick Stevenson Barbara Covington July 27, 2001 (2001-07-27) 204
26 4 "Condemned" Michael Robison Dawn Ritchie, Carl Binder August 3, 2001 (2001-08-03) 207
27 5 "Lost Souls" Richard Martin Melissa R. Byer, Treena Hancock September 4, 2001 (2001-09-04) 210
28 6 "Spike" Rick Stevenson Eric Tuchman September 18, 2001 (2001-09-18) 202
29 7 "Child of Wonder" Ken Jubenvill Eric Tuchman October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) 206
30 8 "29" Ken Jubenvill Deborah Starr Seibel October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09) 208
31 9 "Love's Divine" Scott Williams John Mandel October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16) 209
32 10 "The Big Picture" Ken Jubenvill Philip Gerson November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) 211
33 11 "A Time to Every Purpose" Gil Shilton Barbara Covington November 13, 2001 (2001-11-13) 212
34 12 "Doctor in the House" Brad Turner Philip Gerson November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) 203
35 13 "The Last Dance" Ken Jubenvill Dan D'Amelio December 11, 2001 (2001-12-11) 213
36 14 "Free Spirit" Ken Jubenvill Eric Tuchman January 15, 2002 (2002-01-15) 214
37 15 "Spark of Life" Rick Stevenson Melissa R. Byer, Treena Hancock January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22) 220
38 16 "Face in the Crowd" M. Robison Barbara Covington February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) 222
39 17 "Logan Miller" Richard Martin Barbara Covington February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) 217
40 18 "Friends in Need" Ken Jubenvill Eric Tuchman March 19, 2002 (2002-03-19) 218
41 19 "A Man of God" Brad Turner Carl Binder March 26, 2002 (2002-03-26) 219
42 20 "MUTI" Michael Robison Treena Hancock, Melissa R. Byer April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30) 215
43 21 "Listen" Scott Williams Deborah Starr Seibel May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07) 221
44 22 "Something Fishy" Scott Williams Carl Binder May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14) 216


  1. ^ a b c d e Garcia, Frank; Phillips, Mark (2009). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990–2004. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2483-2.

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