Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

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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)
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 Father Philip Prestwick (37 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 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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One of my favorite shows!
11 May 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Father Dowling Mysteries had a short run in the history of television but, in my mind, it remains one of the greatest mystery shows.

I love the fact that the hero Father Frank Dowling (Tom Bosley) is a priest. He's such an unlikely detective that it has a certain amount of comedy to it. Sister Steve (Tracy Nelson) helps the Father solve the mysteries and makes a welcome addition to the show.

It's also family-friendly, so you and your kids can watch it together. Most modern mystery shows (aka C.S.I.) are way too graphic for children.

Great Show!


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