Gideon Oliver

ABC (ended 1989)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 5


    Aired 5/22/89

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    By the Rivers of Babylon

    Aired 4/24/89

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    The Last Plane from Coramaya

    Aired 4/10/89

  • S 1 : Ep 2


    Aired 3/13/89

  • S 1 : Ep 1

    Sleep Well, Professor Oliver

    Aired 2/20/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Louis Gossett Jr.

    Prof. Gideon Oliver

  • Cynthia Nixon

    Allison Parrish

  • Shari Headley

    Zina Oliver

  • Anthony LaPaglia


  • Michael Rooker

    Detective John Quinn

  • show Description
  • Gideon Oliver was one of three shows that rotated in ABC's Monday Mystery Movie, alongside Burt Reynolds starring in B.L. Stryker and the Columbo revival. Doctor Oliver was a professor of anthropology at Columbia University. When confronted with a mystery, Gideon always searched for the solution, sometimes to the chagrin of local authorities. He was assisted at times by his daughter, Zina. Based on the novels by Aaron Elkins, the show lasted five episodes in the spring of 1989.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Gideon Oliver: If you are satisifed with an answer, that just means you can't think of the next question.

    • Gideon Oliver: Snuff films? Max French: You're now talking very heavy kink. Gideon Oliver: Ah, I also assume I'm talking very heavy dollars... if they actually exist. Max French: If you've got the cash, anything your mind can conjure up can be made to exist.

    • Driver: You don't have any weapons, do you, Professor? Gideon: An Amazon blowgun and a Zulu Assegai. But not on me at the moment. Driver: It wouldn't be smart to take anything in with you. Gideon: Why should I? I'm protected by good intentions.

    • Grecco: So, you're a college professor. A man of honor. Gideon: Those two things don't always go together. Grecco: They'd better.

    • Grecco: (finishing on exercise bicycle) Hey, Alfredo, I done ten miles. How far is that? Alfredo: Whaddaya mean? Ten miles is ten miles. Grecco: I mean how far, how far would I get from here if I really biked ten miles? Alfredo: I guess at least to Brooklyn. Grecco: Not far enough. Alfredo: For what? Grecco: Everybody's jogging, swimming, rowing, trying to keep ahead of death. And all you get to is Brooklyn.

    • Jerry Wang: I hope the Lis aren't going to do anything foolish. And you too, Professor. I wouldn't want you to do something foolish, either. Gideon: I already have. Jerry Wang: You trying to tell me something? Gideon: Yes. I let you spoil my afternoon.

    • Grecco: How are you, Mr. Chen? Johnny Chen: I'm fine. Grecco: Good appetite? No trouble sleeping? Johnny Chen: Why should I have trouble? Grecco: I would. If I'd just blown away a half a block of people!

    • Lt. Manning: Be discreet, huh? We don't want Jerry Wang to know we're in this area. Wooten: But, sir, how do I make a discreet request? Lt. Manning: Don't make a request. Review it, recapitulate it, replace it.

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    Notes (8)

    • Ad in TV Guide: He's explored strange cultures from all over the world. Now he's solving crimes in the most bizarre culture of them all. New York City.

    • Gideon steps in in a chess game where one player has just resigned. However, the Chinese men are playing conventional (European) chess, rather than the Chinese chess that would be standard in Chinatown. Chinese chess uses thick, disk-shaped pieces with ideograms on each, rather than distinctively shaped pieces. This is likely a concession to the American audience, which would find the Chinese chess set confusingly similar with checkers.

    • While John Amos is credited in TV Guide as playing "Carl Manning," Gideon consistently calls his character Will or Willy.

    • Gideon gives his address as 3 West 67th Street. This fictitious address would place his apartment just inside Central Park in the real New York City.

    • This episode was filmed on location in Chinatown and other parts of New York City.

    • Ad in TV Guide: A student is caught in the deadly web of the secret Chinese underworld. It will take a razor-sharp weapon to set him free. The mind of Gideon Oliver.

    • Ad in TV Guide: He's a South American rebel Fighting with an AK-47 He's Gideon Oliver Fighting with something more powerful An IQ 180

    • Ad in TV Guide: Thou cannot commit murder... without leaving a clue That's what it says in Gideon's bible

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    Allusions (1)

    • The "Kennonite" name is a fictional variation on the Mennonite Church. The Kennonites are based on the Amish, a separatist sect that branched off from the Mennonites in the 17th century.

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