Nursing a Grudge starring geriatric amateur sleuth Earl Walker, this blog is featuring senior citizen detective shows the next several weeks ...
The mystery series Diagnosis: Murder (CBS, 1993-2001) starred Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, homicide detective Steve Sloan (played by real-life son Barry Van Dyke). The series was a spin-off of Jake and the Fatman (itself a spin-off of Matlock.) One of the fun angles of the show was how the producers would work in elements of other series -- ranging from cast reunions (Star Trek and M*A*S*H) to guest stars appearing as their characters from other series (Mike Connors as Joe Mannix, Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock, and Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter from Mission: Impossible.)
Diagnosis: Murder also led to a series of original novels by Lee Goldberg, an executive producer and writer on the TV show.
Detectives: DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis Murder) by Lee Goldberg
Diagnosis: Murder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Diagnosis Murder on TV.com
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