Dr. Mark Sloan is a doctor at Community General Hospital, and he is a consultant for the police department. His son Steve Sloan is a detective for the department. He and his father, along with emergency room resident Dr. Jesse Travis and Dr. Amanda Bentley, who is the pathologist at the hospital help to solve some very strange murder cases in Diagnosis Murder.Written by
Korman quit the Carol Burnett Show, sick of playing second fiddle to the famous comedienne; and started his own show. Burnett hired Dick Van Dyke to replace him in 1977. Ironically, Korman started his own show in 1977, and hired Dick Van Dyke's son, Barry Van Dyke. Also ironically, both Van Dykes only lasted a few episodes. Dick was fired after a few episodes (or "released from his contract") because he did not click with viewers the way Korman did; Van Dyke junior was cancelled only because the Harvey Korman show only lasted a few episodes. The Van Dykes would work together years later on the Diagnosis Murder Series. See more »
We see Dr. Slone constantly ask his detective son to put out APB's (All Points Bulletins) or BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) to bring suspects and witnesses in. When found the police just walk up to people and place them in the squad car, taking them to the station for Steve and Mark to interview even though it's pretty clear they didn't want to come. If there is no probable cause for an arrest or an active arrest warrant, the police can't make you go anywhere against your will. Once in a while, a wealthy or educated person will assert this and ask a lawyer to be present but this is rare. See more »
"Diagnosis Murder? That's just Murder She Wrote with Dick Van Dyke instead of Angela Lansbury, isn't it? A show for old people, right?"
NOT! If you are one of the many who have fallen into this fallacy, I'm here to set the record straight. Diagnosis Murder is an action-packed, laugh-packed roller coaster ride of a series. At its heart is its wonderful company, Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell and Charlie Schlatter. The chemistry among these four is what I love about the show. (Well,okay, that and watching Barry Van Dyke do anything, anything at all.) The show has revealed in wonderful writers over the years who know the characters, are true to the characters, and give them situations which allow their relationships to grow, develop, and shine through to the audience.
Best of all, each year the show gets better. It's incredible. Like salmon swimming upstream--you don't know how they do it, you just stand back in awe and watch. The characters are becoming more and more real rather than turning into caricatures of themselves, the way so many series characters do. And the stories are getting more exciting, suspenseful and inventive every year.
If you haven't seen Diagnosis Murder lately--you don't know this show. Give it a watch.
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