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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"Gideon Oliver":- KENNONITE
13 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somehow I seemed to have missed this TV Series starring Louis Gossett,Jr. In this particular TV Series, Louis Gossett(Gideon Oliver),"Deceived",'02, is called to a small town by an old time Kennonite friend who needs his help in solving a murder. The Kennonite family lives like the AMISH or Mennonite people and are not into violence and are being accused of murdering a nearby neighbor. Gideon has to fight the local town people and the sheriff who is controlled by the powerful local politicians. The story gets quite involved with a Kennonite young lady who managed to go to college and learned computers and is struggling with her life in the Kennonite CLAN! If you are a big fan of Louis Gossett, Jr., this is a great TV Series to enjoy viewing.

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