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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Entertaining mystery series
2 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really like this show. While I do slightly prefer Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder, Father Dowling is an entertaining watch. Tom Bosley is superb in the title role, a performance of great warmth and dignity. Tracy Nelson does show real promise as an actress, she has a likable and quite bubbly personality, and it was a pleasure to see her develop as the series progressed. My favourite has to be the late Mary Wickes as Marie, Wickes was a very underrated actress, and I enjoyed her here. The episodes are benefited by some nice camera-work, lovely locations, a beautiful title tune and good scripts, not to mention a number of funny moments. Of course you may find some over familiarities in the story lines, but overall this is a very entertaining mystery series, probably not the best out there, but worth a watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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