An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.
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 Father Frank Dowling / ... (42 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 Sister Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski (42 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 Marie / ... (42 episodes, 1989-1991)
James Stephens ...
 Father Philip Prestwick (37 episodes, 1989-1991)
Regina Krueger ...
 Sgt. Clancy / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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Father Frank Dowling, a fine Catholic parish priest in Chicago, drives housekeeper Marie to despair by his habit of being late for dinner as he and his assistant (streetwise nun Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski) solve numerous neighborhood crimes, usually involving at least one murder. They generally outsmart the police as well as the criminals. The live-in priest Father Philip Prestwick, whose priority is his own ecclesiastical career prospects, takes a very dim view of their crime fighting and on Sister Steve even being there. Written by KGF Vissers

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20 January 1989 (USA)  »

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5 February 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Like Perry Mason, this series wasn't an original, it was based on a (still ongoing) series of books by Ralph McInerny. Unlike Perry Mason, though, the producers took almost nothing from the books but the characters of Fr. Dowling and Mrs. Murkin, and of those two only Mrs. Murkin bears any resemblance to the character in the book. I'd advise anyone who likes mysteries but was disappointed in Fr. Dowling on TV to read the books, they are excellent.


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