Gideon Oliver is an anthropology professor at Columbia University who uses his knowledge of other cultures to solve crimes, aided by his daughter and assistant Zina.

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Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Gideon Oliver 5 episodes, 1989
Shari Headley ...  Zina Oliver 3 episodes, 1989
Mary Fogarty Mary Fogarty ...  Catharine / ... 2 episodes, 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 and assistant Zina.

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20 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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By the Rivers of Babylon See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Only five episodes aired, between February and September 1989. See more »

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

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Underrated and rarely seen 'eighties gem
23 July 2009 | by DreddMancunianSee all my reviews

Gideon Oliver, as far as I am aware, was never broadcast in the United Kingdom. However I did manage to see the pilot, "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver" on VHS at the time. This is surely one of those "too good for TV" series that was unfairly overlooked and cast into obscurity. A rather cerebral hero, Gideon Oliver was Louis Gossett Jr. at the peak of his powers. The pilot episode saw the crusading scholar take on a cult of Satanists, including Near Dark's Jenny Wright (another reason to search out this neglected gem). A sophisticated storyline, fine character acting and a palpable sense of menace made this a great TV movie in its own right. A shame it never became a cult of its own, unlike many other less-deserving titles. See it if you can!


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