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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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1991   1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detektyw w sutannie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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show puts viewer in Hell
23 January 2004 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

The most outlandish junk that must've left the church on the floor. Just your everyday life of a priest and a nun, as he drags her along on sorted misadventures. And I don't mean backpacking and fundraisers, try organized crime and serial killers. This is only based on five or so episodes but that's all I needed. The king of them all was a recent one involving Bosley's priest infiltrating the mob! HE DONS GLASSES AND A GANGSTER VOICE TO QUESTION A BARTENDER!! THE NUN DRESSES LIKE A HOOKER IN HEELS! At least Murder, She Wrote stayed within a realm. What's next, Jessica Fletcher as a phone-sex operator?? Thank God (pun, hehe) they crucified this crap after 45 episodes. Avoid it, go to church and pray for its forgiveness.


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