Diagnosis Murder

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Diagnosis Murder
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Diagnosis Murder follows Dr. Mark Sloan, the chief of internal medicine, at LA's Community General Hospital. Dr. Sloan, much like Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote, has a magnetic quality that apparently draws murders to him. Every week, Dr. Sloan stumbles across murders, either acting in his role at the hospital, aiding the police as a medical consultant, or just plain dumb luck.

Dr. Sloan is assisted by several others over the years: Dr. Jack Stewart, a prodigy of Dr. Sloan's, who raised him from the mean streets to become a doctor. Amanda Bentley, the hospital's chief pathologist. Jesse Travis, an intern in ER medicine. Steve Sloan, Mark's son, a homicide detective, who more often than not has to deter his father from interfering.

Diagnosis Murder first got its start on the television series Jake and the Fat Man in the episode "It Never Entered My Mind" which first aired on 20 Mar 91. In the episode Dick Van Dyke played Dr. Sloan, who, when accused of murdering a hospital administrator, launches his own investigation, with the help from his medical students. The following year, in January of 1992, the first of three television movies aired, starring Dick Van Dyke and Barry Van Dyke in their present roles, but different actors as their sidekicks. Fall 1993 marked the beginning of Diagnosis Murder's turbulent existence. Almost cancelled in the fall of 1995, it returned as a mid-season replacement and has been renewed every since. For the 1998-1999 television season, the show was initially given a 13 episode commitment, which eventually was made into a full 22 episode commitment. Diagnosis Murder Film History

First Pre TV Movies--- Shot in Vancoover Canada

First 13 episodes shot in Denver CO because the Perry Mason movies were shot there. Then moved to LA so Dick could be close to Family

Fall 1997 PAX---Mon-Thurs and Sat

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Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

Dr. Mark Sloan

Stephen Caffrey

Stephen Caffrey

Dr. Jack Parker (Pilot TV Movies)

Cynthia Gibb

Cynthia Gibb

Dr Amanda Bentley (Pilot TV Movies)

Charlie Schlatter

Charlie Schlatter

Dr. Jesse Travis (Season 3+)

Delores Hall

Delores Hall

Delores Mitchell (Seasons 1-2)

Michael Tucci

Michael Tucci

Norman Briggs (Seasons 1-4)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A guilty pleasure

    8.0
    Cheesier than a parmesan sandwich, this is a lazy Sunday afternoon favourite. The only low point for me has been the attempted introduction of every Van Dyke in existence to the program.



    The 'Obsession' episodes are a particular favourite of mine. Utterly ludicrous but brilliant fun.
  • solid detective show

    8.5
    With a pleasant mix of drama,interesting characters, and a bit of comedy, Daignosis Murder is a solidly pleasant detective show. Working as a team, Dick Van Dyke's character is pleasantly accompanied by Scott Baio's character and the actress famous to those of us who love the soap opera The Young and the Restless as the murdered Drucilla. The mysteries themselves hold up well and have interesting settings. This show would fit in well today on USA as the people on the show certainly have character.It's a likeable show, certainly worth watching for mystery fans on a holiday weekend when all of the other shows may be reruns as well. At least these shows might be new to today's viewer.moreless
  • Dick Van Dyke heads up a great cast which includes his son as he finds time to work on murder cases while working as a busy doctor in a big hospital.moreless

    8.0
    I have to admit that some of the episodes of this show made me cringe, but not too many of them because mostly, they were just plain fun to watch as Dick Van Dyke, in his role as Dr. Mark Sloan set about solving crime while expertly administering medical treatment to the sick. Not bomb threats nor fires or any other kind of disaster will deter the good doctor and his team from performing their dual roles of investigators and doctors.Another great thing about the show was the excellent guest stars it produced on a regular basis. Good medicine, indeed and worth watching for new fans and old.moreless
  • Diagnosis Murder is an excellent medical drama without all the blood of those other medical shows. Dick Van Dyke is classic. It just never gets old.

    10
    Diagnosis Murder is an excellent medical drama without all the blood of those other medical shows. Dick Van Dyke is classic. Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) is allways interesting being the chief of internal medicine at Community General Hospital and still finding time to help his son, Detective Steve Sloan (Barry Van Dyke), solve homicides as an unofficial consulant to the LAPD. Every episode they manage to find themselves in the middle of a murder, and wittily solve it. It just never gets old. This is just purely a superb show. I'm am very glad that they decided to put Diagnosis Murder on DVD. Many more people need to discover the fascinating addictive show of Diagnosis Murder.moreless
  • Dick Van Dyke can do better.

    4.0
    I'm a huge fan of Dick Van Dyke not only from his classic sitcom but from "Mary Poppins" and more. So it pains me when I watch "Diagnosis Murder" and see his considerable talent being wasted on cast-off whodunit fluff.



    There's a good track record with taking a likable, popular older star and building a mystery series around them (Angela Lansbury, Andy Griffith, Tom Bosley). But sometimes the elements don't come together, and even when you have an old pro like Van Dyke (or, more recently John Larroquette in the ill-conceived "McBride") it falls flat.



    What's wrong with "Diagnosis Murder?" Bad writing, worse acting - a supporting cast that has little-to-no chemistry with the leading man, and a star who doesn't seem to have his heart in the work. It's dull and lifeless - Mark Sloan lacks the character of Jessica Fletcher and Matlock. He's practically a void - he presents solutions and solves the cases and is going through the motions.



    It's really sad, because Dick Van Dyke can do drama. Just look at his turn as a murderer in "Columbo." But the material here is so far beneath him he can't elevate it. How this lasted eight seasons is beyond me. It should have been put out to pasture long before that.moreless
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    Thrillers, Crime, 90s