Gideon Oliver (1989– )

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Gideon Oliver is an anthropology professor at Columbia University who uses his knowledge of other cultures to solve crimes, aided by his daughter/assistant Zina.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Gideon Oliver (5 episodes, 1989)
 Zina Oliver (3 episodes, 1989)
Mary Fogarty ...
 Catharine / ... (2 episodes, 1989)


Gideon Oliver is an anthropology professor at Columbia University who uses his knowledge of other cultures to solve crimes, aided by his daughter/assistant Zina.

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20 February 1989 (USA)  »

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By the Rivers of Babylon  »

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The five episodes of "Gideon Oliver" appeared as part of "The ABC Mystery Movie," a series of two-hour episodes featuring a different crime-solver each week from among Gideon Oliver, Columbo, Kojak and B.L. Stryker. See more »


Edited into The ABC Mystery Movie (1989) See more »

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8 June 2011 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I remember some good things about it, but also some bad, and part of it had come from author Aaron Elkins' disowning of the show.

He didn't have a problem with Oliver being made black (Elkins had never specified Oliver's ethnicity in the books), but two things Elkins always refused to include in his books were Satanism and violence against children.

And the premiere episode was about a Satanic cult sacrificing children.

Elkins and his fans were horrified. And personally, I had no problem with Gossett, and thought he did a good job, but after reading some of the books, I found the series a turnoff. They had the smartness but none of the wry humor and light touches. I gave up on it after two shows; may have been unfair of me, but I found the show's dismissal of the author's work to be too much of a turnoff.

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