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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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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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 »

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

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Proof positive of what the entertainment industry wants...
8 November 2004 | by (Milwaukee WI USA) – See all my reviews

...and what they want is the same thing this country's politicians want

  • people who aren't interested in the world around them and will just


accept what's shoved at them. Gideon Oliver was not just smart, it was intelligent. I'd been somewhat familiar with Aaron Elkins' work when this series debuted, and the biggest surprise I had was seeing Professor Oliver played by Louis Gossett, Jr. It's not that this was a problem, it's just that his ethnic background had never been a part of the books (at least the couple I had read), so I had never thought of picturing him as Black. Mr. Gossett played his part admirably and with flair, but the best part of this series was the fact that it engaged the viewer intellectually, not just as a piece of mindless entertainment. That's why it failed: it encouraged viewers to think and there was even the shocking possibility that something interesting and worthwhile could actually be learned from it - Egad, what a horrifying notion! Fortunately, at least one episode, the two-part "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver", shows up on cable as a movie from time to time.


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