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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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Storyline

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:

Тайны отца Даулинга See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The first series was originally set to premiere in October 1988, but pushed to January 1989 in the mid-season lineup, due to the 1988 Writers' Strike. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

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Is funny and serious at the same time.
13 March 2004 | by Awesome8SimpleRulesSee all my reviews

This is a really great detective show,I have watched all the other ones aswell and have found Father Dowling to be the most enjoyable to watch.It has humour,a serious side at times and shows a side to religion that many people may not have seen or known.Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson are excellent in this,both are funny with how they act and the looks that Tom's character Father Frank gives to Tracy character Sister Steve are brilliant,makes me laugh.I also think that James Stephens is brilliant as Father Prestwick.


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