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Father Dowling Mysteries 

An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Bosley ...  Father Frank Dowling / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
Tracy Nelson ...  Sister Stephanie 'Steve' Oskowski / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
Mary Wickes ...  Marie Murkin / ... 42 episodes, 1989-1991
James Stephens ...  Father Philip Prestwick / ... 37 episodes, 1989-1991
Regina Krueger 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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English

Release Date:

20 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Detektyw w sutannie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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The decision to cancel "Father Dowling" came at the eleventh hour. ABC elected to revamp "Gabriel's Fire," a private eye drama starring James Earl Jones, as "Pros and Cons;" that series took the spot on the schedule from "Father Dowling." See more »

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Perhaps The Most Ridiculous Murder Series Ever Made
10 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Oh come on I've seen MONTY PHYTHON sketches that are more realistic than this . A Priest called Father Dowling investigates crimes . What sort of crimes ? Paedophile Priests ? The Vatican mafia as seen in THE GODFATHER 3 ? No just mundane crimes like people getting bumped off by gangsters and the like

Did I mention the Padre has a sidekick called Stephanie Oskowski ? She's a Nun and every episode sees her going undercover as a lap dancer or a prostitute . NOOOOOOOOO ! Stop laughing I'm not making any of this up and the plots aren't even bad enough to be good . In fact you end up really confused as to why anyone thought this up for an American TV network because a plot featuring gangsters , a priest and a nun working as a prostitute would have made a great movie starring Big John Holmes and Linda Lovelace . Sometimes the worst idea can be the greatest idea but only if it's used in the right medium

There is something slightly objectionable and very hypocritical to all this . Dowling's a man of the cloth right ? He's there to save souls right ? The word of God states that we should love our enemies right ? But after Dowling and Stephanie have solved the case the cops arrive and arrest the bad guys and never at any point do the duo feel any remorse that the criminals will be spending the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison where they'll be gang raped . What happened to the Christian spirit ? Oh and surely if the criminals are facing the death penalty this should go against Dowling and Stephanie's principals ? Maybe FATHER DOWLING INVESTIGATES is really produced by Marxists ? No doubt this show is popular in North Korea


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