Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)
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A TV executive's death from a second heart attack leads Sloan to uncover the fact that her nitroglycerin tablets had been replaced by sugar pills.


Christopher Hibler


Joyce Burditt (creator), Lee Goldberg | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
John Aniston ... Carlton Everest
Tom Gallop ... Phil Zarkin
Michele Greene ... Rachel Woodrall
Molly Hagan ... Paige Jennings
Brenda Varda ... Karen Danino
Fred Willard ... Harry Fellows
Stephen J. Cannell ... Jackson Burley
Erik Estrada ... Erik Estrada
Peter Graves ... Peter Graves
Doug E. Doug ... Doug E. Doug
Reginald VelJohnson ... Reginald VelJohnson (as Reginald Vel Johnson)


When one of Dr. Sloan's patients, a major network's VP of program development, ignores his warnings by rushing back to stress-ridden pilot season after a heart-attack, he's not surprised to hear the next kills her, until Amanda's autopsy shows her nitro-pills were substituted with placebo sugar. As Jesse is desperate not to have to spend his first (fishing) vacation in years with his father, who was never there for him, he successfully applies for a job in the studio's mail-room and thus gathers an insiders perspective which confirms the length of the list of suspects, which largely remains after he finds successor hung in her office, as the job mass-produces enemies: jealous and ambitious rivals, actors, producers and even loony fans for who her approval of a pilot or decision to scrap a show is vital. Yet after it turns out the first victim died from seeing a specially doctored vile version of a pilot she had already pre-approved, Mark figures out a less obvious culprit and the way ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


When Doug E. Doug is interviewed he says that he was pitched a show where he would play a conjoined twin, and the other person would be played by Scott Baio. This is an inside joke since Baio used to be on the show. See more »


Rachel supposedly took nitro glycerin pills in the parking lot. However, she was given a normal size pill which she swallowed like a normal pill. Nitro pills are tiny and are placed under the tongue to quickly dissolve into the blood stream. See more »


Jackson Burley: You know what they say: You can walk the talk, but don't run the gun, if you you can't stand the hand.
Steve Sloan: [Sarcastically] That's what I always say.
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References Touched by an Angel (1994) See more »

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Fun and Funny Parody
13 November 2020 | by raccanicSee all my reviews

Time out from the normal style - this time a lampooning of a whole slew of TV actors, their roles and the nonsense of eighties and nineties TV whodunnits. Ironic because I think Diagnosis Murder always had its tongue in cheek anyway. Good to see some eighties stars laughing at themselves and Fred Willard is an early role.

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6 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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