F/X: The Series (1996–1998)


F/X: The Series (TV Series 1996–1998)

Rollie Tyler, a special effects expert, helps his detective friend solve crimes by making criminals see what they want to see. But what is real and what is illusion?
IMDb   6.8 /10
Creator Michael Vejar
Creator Paul Lynch
Creator Edward Allen Bernero
Creator Alison Lea Bingeman
Release Date1996-09-08
GenreAction, Crime, Drama
Content Rating
AwardsAwards1 win & 8 nominations
CompanyBaton, CTV Television Network, Fireworks Entertainment
CountryUSA, Canada
Roland 'Rollie' Tyleras Roland 'Rollie' Tyler
Angela 'Angie' Ramirezas Angela 'Angie' Ramirez
Captain Marvin Van Duranas Captain Marvin Van Duran…
Detective Francis Gattias Detective Francis Gatti
Detective Leo McCarthyas Detective Leo McCarthy
Colleen O'Malleyas Colleen O'Malley
Lucinda Scottas Lucinda Scott
Detective Mira Sanchezas Detective Mira Sanchez
Chris Dardenas Chris Darden
Directoras Director…
Jessica Hopper
Jessica Hopper
Detective Allenas Detective Allen…
Tonyas Tony…
Eldonas Eldon
David Keeley
David Keeley
Rick Forsytheas Rick Forsythe
Andreas Apergis
Andreas Apergis
Victor Loubaras Victor Loubar
D'Arcas D'Arc…
Frank Alonso Diazas Frank Alonso Diaz…
Danielle 'Dani' Vandenglasas Danielle 'Dani' Vandenglas

F/X: The Series

F/X: The Series is a television series based on the film F/X, starring Cameron Daddo, Christina Cox, Kevin Dobson (season 1), Jacqueline Torres (season 2), Carrie-Anne Moss and Jason Blicker. It ran for 40 episodes from 1996 through 1998.

Much or all of the show was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (save for stock footage to make it appear to be New York City). The opening sequence ended with a television crew in the foreground loading trucks, and an enormous advertisement (painted on the rear of a building) for The Phantom of the Opera, of which a theatrical production was showing in Toronto at the time.


The show focuses on Rollie Tyler (Cameron Daddo), a special effects man in NYC, who assists NYPD detective Leo McCarthy (Kevin Dobson) in capturing criminals. In the second season, Dobson's character was killed and replaced with Mira Sanchez (Jacqueline Torres).


  • Cameron Daddo as Rollie Tyler
  • Sherry Miller as Colleen O'Malley (season 1)
  • Kevin Dobson as Det. Leo McCarthy (season 1)
  • Christina Cox as Angie Ramirez
  • Richard Waugh as Det. Francis Gatti
  • Jason Blicker as Capt. Marvin Van Duren
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Lucinda Scott (season 1)
  • Jacqueline Torres as Mira Sanchez (season 2)


Season 1 (1996–97)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"The Illusion"Paul LynchJohn FasanoSeptember 9, 1996
33"Zero Hour"Eric TillMary Crawford & Alan TempletonSeptember 16, 1996
44"High Risk"Mike VejarWilliam GraySeptember 23, 1996
55"Payback"Mike VejarWilliam GraySeptember 30, 1996
66"The Ring"Mike VejarWilliam GrayOctober 7, 1996
77"Dingo"Allan EastmanWilliam GrayOctober 14, 1996
88"White Light"Mario AzzopardiMary Crawford & Alan TempletonOctober 21, 1996
99"The Brotherhood"Jim CharlestonJohn SheppardOctober 28, 1996
1010"French Kiss"Allan EastmanRobert HopkinsNovember 4, 1996
1111"Eye of the Dragon"Mike VejarRobert HopkinsNovember 11, 1996
1212"Target"Mike VejarMary Crawford & Alan TempletonNovember 18, 1996
1313"Supernote"Steve DiMarcoJohn ConsidineNovember 25, 1996
1414"Medea"Jon CassarAlison Lea BingemanJanuary 20, 1997
1515"Shivaree"Mike VejarMary Crawford & Alan TempletonJanuary 27, 1997
1616"Gemini"Paul LynchJohn SheppardFebruary 3, 1997
1717"Double Image"Paul LynchRobert HopkinsFebruary 10, 1997
1818"Quicksilver"Mike VejarAlison Lea BingemanFebruary 17, 1997
1919"Get Fast"Allan EastmanMary Crawford & Alan TempletonApril 21, 1997
2020"Bad Influence"J. Miles DaleJohn SheppardApril 28, 1997
2121"Reunion"Paul LynchWilliam GrayMay 5, 1997
2222"Script Doctor"Steve DiMarcoJohn FasanoMay 12, 1997

Season 2 (1997–98)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Requiem for a Cop"Paul LynchStephen DowningSeptember 15, 1997
242"Unfinished Business"Paul LynchEdward Allen BerneroSeptember 22, 1997
253"Siege"Doug LeflerWilliam GraySeptember 29, 1997
264"Shooting Mickey"William GereghtyMary Crawford & Alan TempletonOctober 6, 1997
275"Deep Cover"Stephen PoseyMary Crawford & Alan TempletonOctober 13, 1997
286"House of Horrors"Mario AzzopardiAvrum JacobsonOctober 20, 1997
297"High Roller"James HeadMary Crawford & Alan TempletonOctober 27, 1997
308"Ritual"Doug LeflerStory by : Damian Kindler
Teleplay by : Damian Kindler & Mary Crawford & Alan Templeton
November 3, 1997
319"Spanish Harlem"Paul LynchRobert HopkinsNovember 10, 1997
3210"Flashback"Paul LynchDoug MolitorNovember 17, 1997
3311"Standoff"Brad TurnerWilliam GrayFebruary 2, 1998
3412"Vigilantes"Brenton SpencerEdward Allen BerneroFebruary 9, 1998
3513"Reaper"Neill FearnleyMary Crawford & Alan TempletonFebruary 16, 1998
3614"Inferno"Mike VejarJim HenshawFebruary 23, 1998
3715"Evil Eye"James HeadJ. Larry Carroll & David Bennett CarrenMay 4, 1998
3816"Chiller"Neill FearnleyAlex BoonMay 11, 1998
3917"Thief"Mike VejarRobert HopkinsMay 18, 1998
4018"Red Storm"J. Miles DaleMary Crawford & Alan TempletonMay 25, 1998

DVD releases

Alliance Home Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only).

In Region 2, Cinema Club released the first season on DVD in the UK on March 27, 2006.

DVD NameEp#Region 1 (CAN)Region 2 (UK)
Season 122September 28, 2010March 27, 2006
Season 218October 26, 2010TBA