Before ‘CSI’ and ‘Bones’ there was ‘Exhibit A’

This Gemini award-winning series was an original breed in the 90s and likely inspired the long-running forensic crime shows still popular today.

What is Exhibit A?

Exhibit A poster

From 1997 to 2002 Kensington produced a TV series called Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science. The stories on Exhibit A were based on true cases. The forensic scientists and investigators were the actual individuals who worked on the cases. The names of the victims were fictional, but the names of the perpetrators found guilty were real.

Exhibit A was one of the first ongoing series of its kind that creatively mixed documentary material and dramatic reenactments to tell powerful real crime stories. Hosted by Graham Greene, the show was produced for Discovery (Canada) for a total of five seasons. It was also broadcast on CTV (Season 5), TLC, History Television, Canal D, and National Geographic Channel Canada.

Exhibit A was nominated for 8 Gemini Awards (now Canadian Screen Awards) and it took home the hardware twice. Episodes of the series have never been available for purchase for private home viewing in consideration of the families of the victims.

Today we are releasing “The Danforth Lady” (Season 2, Episode 7) on Kensington’s YouTube channel:

When the skull of a young woman is unearthed, it leads police and scientists to a 50 year old murder mystery.

You can watch the 23 minute episode in full here:

Want to know what other cases we covered ? Learn more about Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science individual episodes, cast, and crew here.