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Diagnosis: Murder
Diagnosis murder title card original.png
Title screen used in seasons 1 and 2 of Diagnosis: Murder
Also known asDiagnosis Murder
FormatDrama
Created byJoyce Burditt
StarringDick Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke
Victoria Rowell
Scott Baio (1993-1995)
Charlie Schlatter (1995-2002)
Michael Tucci (1993-1997)
Delores Hall (1993-1995)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes178 + 5 TV Movies + Pilot (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dean Hargrove
Fred Silverman
Dick Van Dyke
Lee Goldberg
Chris Abbott
William Rabkin
Michael Gleason
Tom Chehak
Gerald Sanoff
Joel Steiger
Producer(s)Viacom Productions, The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, and Paramount Network Television (Season 2 only)
Running time45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runOctober 29, 1993 – May 11, 2001
Chronology
Preceded byMission: Impossible
Mannix
Matlock
Related showsJake and the Fatman
Promised Land
 
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Diagnosis: Murder
Diagnosis murder title card original.png
Title screen used in seasons 1 and 2 of Diagnosis: Murder
Also known asDiagnosis Murder
FormatDrama
Created byJoyce Burditt
StarringDick Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke
Victoria Rowell
Scott Baio (1993-1995)
Charlie Schlatter (1995-2002)
Michael Tucci (1993-1997)
Delores Hall (1993-1995)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes178 + 5 TV Movies + Pilot (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dean Hargrove
Fred Silverman
Dick Van Dyke
Lee Goldberg
Chris Abbott
William Rabkin
Michael Gleason
Tom Chehak
Gerald Sanoff
Joel Steiger
Producer(s)Viacom Productions, The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, and Paramount Network Television (Season 2 only)
Running time45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runOctober 29, 1993 – May 11, 2001
Chronology
Preceded byMission: Impossible
Mannix
Matlock
Related showsJake and the Fatman
Promised Land

Diagnosis: Murder is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke. The series began as a spin-off of Jake and the Fatman (Dr. Mark Sloan made his first appearance in episode 4.19 "It Never Entered My Mind"), became a series of three TV movies, and then a weekly television series that debuted on CBS on October 29, 1993. The series struggled at first and was almost canceled at the end of the second season, it returned as a midseason replacement in the third season, and was regularly renewed thereafter. 178 episodes were made and aired in the show's eight seasons on the CBS network in the United States and two more TV movies aired after the series' cancellation on May 11, 2001. Since 1997, the show aired in reruns on ABC Family (formerly The Family Channel) and on the Hallmark Channel[1] in America, weekdays on the Hallmark Channel (UK), Alibi and BBC One in the United Kingdom and weekdays on Foxtel's TV1 channel in Australia. The show was produced by The Fred Silverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions in association with Viacom Productions and Paramount Network Television (Season 2 only) and is currently distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

In the Jake and the Fatman episode, Dr. Mark Sloan was a widower with no sons. Dr. Amanda Bentley, is played by Cynthia Gibb in the TV movies and, finally, Victoria Rowell in the TV series. Stephen Caffrey played Dr. Jack Parker in the movies, a role that went to Scott Baio as Dr. Jack Stewart in the weekly series.

The first three TV movies were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first few episodes of the series were shot (and set) in Denver, Colorado, before quickly (and without explanation) shifting to Los Angeles for the remainder of the show's run.

Plot[edit]

The plot centered around Dr. Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke), a renowned physician who occasionally worked for the local police department as a consultant, and who could not resist a good mystery or a friend in need. Those cases often involved his son, Detective Steve Sloan (played by Barry Van Dyke). Helping him was his friend Norman Briggs (played by Michael Tucci in seasons in 1-4), a hospital administrator. Also assisting Dr. Sloan, were his colleagues, medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley (played by Victoria Rowell) and Dr. Jack Stewart (played by Scott Baio in the first two seasons), who later left and was replaced by a new resident, Dr. Jesse Travis (played by Charlie Schlatter from season 3 onwards).[2]

Cast[edit]

Cast of Diagnosis: Murder between 1993 and 1995
The cast, 1993-1995: Victoria Rowell, Michael Tucci, Barry Van Dyke, Scott Baio, and Delores Hall, with Dick Van Dyke in the center

Cameos[edit]

One unique aspect of the series was that it frequently appropriated characters from various classic television series.

Over the run of the show, various episodes guest starred at least eight different members of the Van Dyke family:

Smaller recurring roles[edit]

Guest Stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Diagnosis: Murder had a total of eight seasons and 178 episodes which were broadcast on CBS between 1993 and 2001.

Locations\ Administrators[edit]

Community General Hospital[edit]

Community General Hospital is the main set for the show. It is six to seven floors depending on the episode. It holds about 400 beds, with three trauma rooms, two psych wards, and one Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Mark Sloan is Chief of Internal Medicine. The Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, California was used as the exterior of Community General Hospital in the final three seasons of the show (it was also used as a casino in the pilot of CSI).

List of Administrators at Community General Hospital

  1. Russell Havilland (was The Administrator at Clairemont Hospital in the Pilot of Diagnosis Murder "It Never Entered My Mind". He was murdered and Dr. Mark Sloan was framed for his murder.)
  2. Kate Hamilton (was The Administrator at Community General Hospital in The 1st and 2nd Diagnosis Murder TV Movies. It was said in the Diagnosis Murder book "The Shooting Script" that Kate Hamilton decided to sell her home and use the proceeds to open a nonprofit food bank in the inner city.
  3. Norman Briggs (was The Administrator of Community General Hospital for the first 4 seasons of Diagnosis Murder. According to the book "The Shooting Script" it sounds like Norman was fired by the new owners Healtcorp International.)
  4. Harold Lomax ( he appeared in a few episodes like "Do No Harm" and "Today is The Last Day of the Rest of My Life". In the book "The Shooting Script" When Community General Hospital was sold to Healthcorp International they brought in General Harold Lomax who'd spent ten years running battlefield medical operations for the U.S. marine Corps. Harold Lomax later resigned with an Extreme case of Irritable Bowel syndrome and left behind a hospital literally in ruins, decimated by a serial bomber "Catlin Sweeney" who was stalking Mark for putting her brother "Carter Sweeney" in prison.
  5. Noah Dent (he appeared in the books "The Shooting Script" and "The last Word". He ended up being hired by the new owners of the hospital "Hollywood International" and had a personal Vendetta against Mark Sloan for Catching "Tanya" who murdered a rapist who raped her and killed a homeless War Veteran who seen her kill him. He ended up firing Mark, Amanda, and Jesse's girlfriend Susan. Jesse ended up finding out and blackmailed mailed him into giving everyone back their jobs. He ended up leaving Community General Hospital.
  6. Janet Dorcott (she appeared in the book "The Last Word". She ended up firing Jesse and Susan Travis, after being framed for Murder and Amanda Bentley was also fired for selling body parts from dead bodies and fired mark because she blambed him for all the scandal around Community General Hospital.

BBQ Bob's[edit]

BBQ Bob's is a restaurant that Jesse Travis and Steve Sloan co-own starting in the sixth season. Mark Sloan is also a silent partner. It is located in a small strip mall very close to Community General Hospital. Other stores around it include a jewelry store, travel agency and a bank. It is often frequented by the hospital staff as an alternative to the hospital cafeteria. All staff members get discounts. The exterior of BBQ Bob's was based on a storefront at the Whizin's Center in Agoura, California, where exterior scenes of BBQ Bob's were occasionally filmed.

The Sloans' beach house[edit]

Starting in the third season, Mark and Steve Sloan live in a beach house in Malibu, with Steve in the basement. The basement was often redressed to act as other sets. The actual house is on Broad Beach Road in Malibu, CA.

Pilot\TV movies[edit]

Pilot[edit]

The Pilot of Diagnosis Murder was called "It Never Entered My Mind" from Jake and The Fatman. In the Pilot Mark Sloan was a widower with no sons. The Hospital is called Clairemont Hospital instead of Community General Hospital, and there is no Jack or Amanda. His friends who helped him clear his name are,

  1. Richard (Steven Eckholdt)
  2. Josie (Alley Walker)
  3. Thad (Kristoff St. John)

TV movies[edit]

Diagnosis Murder had five TV movies between 1992 and 2002, three of which aired prior to the TV series.

Nested Pilots[edit]

Fred Silverman insisted that every season the series devotes one episode to be a nested Pilot. Known Nested Pilots are,

Season One[edit]

  1. Sister Michael Wants You- Would have starred Delta Burke as Sister Michael a crime solving Nun.

Season Two[edit]

  1. How To Murder Your Lawyer- Would have starred Mitchell Whitfield and Leah Remini as Crime solving Lawyers Arnold Baskin and Agnes Benedetto.
  2. Georgia On My Mind- Might have been a possible Nested pilot about a female Private Investigator Georgia (Daphne Ashbrook).

Season Three[edit]

There are no known Nested Pilots for sure this season but there are a couple possibles,

A. 35 Millimeter Murder- A picture taken by a Paparazzo Vic Slovak (Stephen Furst) provides a clue in a kidnapping and murder case.

B. Left Handed Murder- About A Man who had three Wives, and then he was murdered and they tried to be friends.

Season Four[edit]

  1. An Explosive Murder- Starred Tracy Gold as a undercover officer Amy Dawson.

Season Five[edit]

  1. A Mime is a Terriable Thing To Waste- Which was a spinoff for a unsold series pilot with no known name. Rachael York plays Randy Wolfe who's apparently an expert at everything.

2. Retribution Parts One and Two- Retribution was a Nested Pilot for a spinoff called The Chief, and would have starred Fred Dryer as Police Chief Masters.

Season Six[edit]

  1. Blood Ties- Stars Two vice unit Detectives, Detective Amy Devlin (Kathy Evison), and Detective Taylor Lucas (Zoe McLellan). It was a nested pilot for a TV series that would have been named Whistlers.

Season Seven[edit]

It is not known for sure if there were any nested pilots for this season. There is a possible pilot it is,

  1. Murder At BBQ Bobs- It is a possible Pilot that starred Jenya Lano as Warrant Officer Hannah Bernstein.

Season Eight[edit]

It is not known if there were any nested pilots this season.

Novels[edit]

Between 2003 and 2007, there have been eight original novels published based on the TV series. All of them were written by Lee Goldberg, a former executive producer and writer on the TV series. According to his website,[4] there will be no more books based on the show. The books are, in order:

The Past Tense is a prequel to the episode Voices Carry, which guest-starred Jack Klugman as Harry Trumble, and chronicles Dr. Mark Sloan's first homicide investigation. The final book in the series, The Last Word, is a sequel of sorts to the episodes Obsession and Resurrection and features the return of Carter Sweeney, who was played by Arye Gross in the TV series.

Crossover with Monk[edit]

Two of the characters in The Death Merchant later reappeared in Lee Goldberg's series of novels based on the television series Monk:

Doctor Danger[edit]

In The episode "Must Kill TV" Phil Zarkin came up with an idea to make a TV series based after Mark Sloan's career solving murders with his Cop son Steve Sloan. In the first Pilot Mark Sloane [sic] is played by Peter Graves. Phil Zarkin showed the Pilot to Jackson Burley (Stephen J. Cannell) and he didn't think it would work. Jackson Burley later decided to revamp it by making Mark Sloane younger and more attractive and he also carries a gun. Mark Sloane is played by Derek Shaw (Billy Warlock), and combined Mark and Steve's Characters together in one. Jesse and Amanda are combined into one character and she is a blonde and has a Black Belt. Later during the show the lead actor Derek Shaw is Murdered. Jackson Burley decides to take over the role of Mark Sloane after Derek Shaw died, and during filming of a episode Jackson Burley is supposed to shoot a guy with blanks but somebody switched the blanks with real Bullets. After the death of the stunt man it appears the show was cancelled.

Fictional TV Shows\Misc.[edit]

Medical TV Shows[edit]

In the series there were a several fictional Medical shows that appeared they are,

  1. Doctor Danger (appeared in the episodes "Must Kill TV" and "Trash TV" parts 1 and 2)
  2. The New Healers (appeared in the Season 2 episode "The New Healers")
  3. Medical Squad (appeared in the Season 8 episode "Less Then Zero")
  4. Calling Dr. Gale (was Mentioned in the episode "The New Healers")
  5. Hot House (appeared in the Season 8 episode "Hot House")
  6. When Operations Go Bad (appeared in the episodes "Trash TV" parts 1 and 2)
  7. Celebrity Autopsies ( was mentioned in the episodes "Trash TV" parts 1 and 2)
  8. Fatal Facelifts Gone Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! (was mentioned in the episode "Trash TV parts 1 and 2}
  9. Dr. Doolittle P.I. (was a possible pilot and mentioned in the episode "Must Kill TV")
  10. Jackson Burley said that he did 5 Medical TV shows.

Other TV shows[edit]

  1. Valet Girls
  2. Pals
  3. Sexual Surrogates
  4. Supertrain
  5. 9 1\2 Weeks: The Series
  6. Adoption Agency
  7. Maimings, Massacres, and Practical Jokes
  8. SF PD
  9. Cinnatti Law
  10. Franken Cop
  11. Young Barnaby Jones Chronicles
  12. Space Stars
  13. Big Mann On Campus
  14. My Guns Have Bullets
  15. His, Hers, and Hers
  16. Married But Available
  17. Masked Magician
  18. He's My Wife
  19. Smart Alec
  20. Beyond The Beyond
  21. Con Artist
  22. Red Ashphalt
  23. Lifeguards from Uncle
  24. Hawaii 6-0
  25. Mansect
  26. Hollywood and The Vine (was a show that had Tim Conrad (Tim Conway). Was mentioned in the episode "Comedy Is Murder".
  27. Wally The Inchworm (mentioned in the episode "The Roast". Tim Conrad does the voice of Wally The Inchworm in the catoon TV series.
  28. Darren & Mary Live (is a TV talk show that stars Darren Tate (Regis Philbin) and Mary Montgomery (Kathie Lee Gifford). After Mary Montgomery is murdered the show is probably called Darren Live.
  29. Larry Duggin (is a TV talk show that stars Larry Duggin (Ian Ogilvy).
  30. Lucy (is a TV talk show that stars Lucy Caruso (Mary Frann)
  31. Not Under My Roof
  32. Unnamed Crime Solving Doctor Pilot 1 (the TV movie "Diagnosis Murder" it mentioned a TV pilot that Cord Television was making about a crime solving Doctor who solves crimes.)
  33. Unnamed Crime Solving Doctor Pilot 2 (was mentioned in the episode "The New Healers" as a possible pilot for a TV series by "Cynthia Holling".
  34. True Story (appeared in the episode "My Four Husbands", and is a celebrity gossip show)
  35. Zira Queen Of The Amazon (mentioned in the episode "My Four Husbands", and starring Pamela Dorn (Morgan Fairchild) as Zera Queen of the Amazon)
  36. Mario McCheesemo (mentioned in the episode "Comedy Is Murder", and starred Tim Conrad (Tim Conway) as Mario McCheesemo)

Talk Shows\Cooking Shows\Etc.[edit]

  1. The Buddy Blake Show (was mentioned in the episode "Murder At The Telethon", a Comedy Show that was on in the 1960's and 1970's, and starred Buddy Blake (Dom DeLuise).
  2. The Conrad and Huckaby Show (was mentioned in the episodes "Comedy Is Murder" and "The Roast". It was a comedy and starred Tim Conrad (Tim Conway), and Harvey Huckaby (Harvey Korman).
  3. At Home With Kitty Lynn (appears in the episode "F Murder". It is a show that stars Kitty Lynn Hastings (Vicki Lawrence) and is a do it yourself at home show.
  4. Rene Fotenaux Cooking Show (mentioned in the episode "Too Many Cooks")
  5. Eliot Grayson Cooking Show (mentioned in the episode "Too Many Cooks")
  6. Marisa Parkhurst Cooking Show (mentioned in the episode "Too Many Cooks")
  7. Connie & Camille Camichael Cooking Show (mentioned in the episode "Too Many Cooks")

Possible Pilots[edit]

There were several Possible Pilots mentioned in the episodes called "Must Kill TV" and "Trash TV" parts 1 and 2. They are,

  1. The New Peter Pan
  2. Man On The Inside
  3. Slimmer Then None
  4. Sgt. Santa Claus

Fictional TV Networks[edit]

  1. GBS (like the CBS network)
  2. MBC (like the NBC network)
  3. UBC (like the ABC network)
  4. POX (like the PAX network)
  5. Cord Television Group (appeared in the 1st TV movie and at least 1 episode "My Four Husbands")

Medical Murder Mystery Books[edit]

Kay Ludlow (Shelly Long) is a Best Selling mystery author who has wrote several books about fictional character Danielle Slade who is based after Amanda Bentley. Kay Ludlow is Delusional and has help from Danielle Slade (Victoria Rowell). This was in the episode "Write She, Murdered.

International[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Pilots\TV shows[edit]

On September 12, 2006, CBS Home Entertainment (with distribution by Paramount) released the complete Season 1 of Diagnosis: Murder on Region 1 DVD. The set included the Jake and the Fatman episode 4.19, "It Never Entered My Mind," which introduced the character of Dr. Mark Sloan. It did not however, include the TV movies that were made prior to the show's premiere. Seasons 2 and 3 are also now available.[5][6][7] After two years since the release of the first season on Region 1 DVD, a Region 2 DVD of Diagnosis: Murder – Series 1 was released on May 5, 2008, according to Amazon.co.uk [8]

On June 26, 2012, Visual Entertainment released "Diagnosis Murder - The Movie Collection" on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[9] In the US, the release was distributed by Millennium Entertainment. The three-disc set featured all three TV movies that aired in 1992/1993 and spawned the weekly TV series as well as the two TV movies that aired after the series ended.

On December 31, 2012, it was announced that VEI had acquired the rights to the series and planned on releasing the remaining seasons on DVD in 2013.[10] They subsequently released the fourth and fifth seasons both as two-part volumes and as a complete set on August 27, 2013.[11] The sixth season was released on November 12, 2013[12] (Canada only). The seventh season will be released on February 11, 2014 and the eighth and final season on March 11, 2014 (Canada only).[13][14] VEI also released The Complete Collection On November 12, 2013. It includes all 178 episodes, all 5 of the TV Movies, The "Jake And The Fatman" Episode "It Never Entered My Mind", and an episode of "Mannix" Called "Little Girl Lost" which was A Prequel to the Episode "Hard Boiled Murder" on a 51 Disc set. It also has an exclusive to The Complete Collection a clip of Van Dyke as Rob Petrie In Obsession Part 2.[15]

DVD ReleaseEpisodesOriginally airedRelease date
Region 1Region 2
Television Movie Collection5 TV Movies1992–2002June 26, 2012N\A
The Complete First Season19 + Pilot1993–1994September 12, 2006May 5, 2008
The Complete Second Season221994–1995June 12, 2007February 9, 2009
The Complete Third Season181995–1996December 4, 2007July 13, 2009
The Complete Fourth Season261996–1997August 27, 2013 (Canada)
September 24, 2013 (USA)
TBA
The Complete Fifth Season251997–1998August 27, 2013 (Canada)
October 1, 2013 (USA)
TBA
The Complete Sixth Season221998–1999November 12, 2013 (Canada)
November 26,2013 (USA)
TBA
The Complete Seventh Season241999-2000February 11, 2014 (Canada)
TBA (USA)
TBA
The Complete Eighth Season222000–2001March 11, 2014 (Canada)
TBA (USA)
TBA
The Complete Collection178 Episodes + Pilot + The 5 TV Movies +Little Girl Lost +Bonus scene.1991–2002November 12, 2013[16]TBA

See also[edit]

  • Murder, She Wrote - An earlier show with a similar premise which was parodied in the sixth season episode Write, She Murdered.
  • Quincy, ME - An earlier show with a doctor and an older medical examiner.
  • Matlock - The courtroom drama about the Atlanta lawyer Benjamin Matlock who appears in the two-part episode "Murder Two".
  • Jake and the Fatman - The series that spun-off Diagnosis: Murder when Dr. Mark Sloan was introduced in the episode "It Never Entered My Mind".
  • Mannix - The series about detective Joe Mannix who appears in the episode "Hard-Boiled Murder", the sequel to the Mannix episode "Little Lost Girl".
  • Murder 101 (film series) - Is the name of a series of four TV movies that stars Dick Van Dyke and Barry Van Dyke. It is similar in Premise to Diagnosis Murder. It aired on The Hallmark Channel from 2006-2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. January 16, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Howard Rosenberg (October 29, 1993). "TV REVIEW : 'Diagnosis Murder' Is DOA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "WITH AN EYE ON . . . : Diagnosis: Here's a part that came very naturally to actor Barry Van Dyke - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. June 5, 1994. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ www.xuni.com. "The Official Website of Lee Goldberg". Diagnosis-murder.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Diagnosis Murder - Complete 1st Season : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Diagnosis Murder - The Second Season : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Diagnosis Murder - The Third Season : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Diagnosis Murder - Season 1 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Diagnosis Murder: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Diagnosis Murder DVD news: Update about Diagnosis Murder - Television Movie Collection". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ How Would You Like 'The Complete Series' with Dr. Mark Sloane in 2013?
  11. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Diagnosis-Murder-Seasons-4-and-5/18873
  12. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Diagnosis-Murder-Seasons-6-7/18919
  13. ^ http://www.amazon.ca/Diagnosis-Murder-Season-complete-DVD/dp/B00ESK1PES
  14. ^ http://www.amazon.ca/Diagnosis-Murder-Season-complete-DVD/dp/B00F4CIPRE/
  15. ^ http://www.visualentertainment.tv/products/diagnosis-murder-the-complete-collection
  16. ^ http://www.visualentertainment.tv/products/diagnosis-murder-the-complete-collection

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TV movies[edit]