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; after returning as a midseason replacement (with several casting changes) for a third season, the series became successful 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.
The plot centred 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 were his best friend Norman Briggs (played by Michael Tucci), a hospital administrator who double-crosses the entire hospital, always wanting to talk Mark into something, when things don't go his way.
His colleagues, medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley (played by Victoria Rowell), a young medical partner who works in the pathology department, specializing in dead bodies, who was also involved with Mark's and Steve's, about the patient's time of death, and Dr. Jack Stewart (played by Scott Baio), another young partner, very handsome, who did a double for Dr. Sloan, who later left and was replaced by a new resident, Dr. Jesse Travis (played by Charlie Schlatter).
See Also: Full list of characters
- Mark Sloan: Dick Van Dyke
- Steve Sloan: Barry Van Dyke
- Amanda Bentley: Victoria Rowell
- Jack Stewart: Scott Baio
- Jesse Travis: Charlie Schlatter
- Norman Briggs: Michael Tucci
- Delores Mitchell: Delores Hall
See Also: Full list of Locations
Main Article: Episode Guide
Diagnosis: Murder began when Dick Van Dyke starred in It Never Entered My Mind, a fourth season episode of Jake and the Fatman. He played a trauma doctor who solved a difficult murder.Diagnosis Murder ran from October 29, 1993 to May 11, 2001, and consisted of eight seasons with 178 episodes in total and 5 TV Movies. Before the series began, three TV movies were aired and another Two TV movies were aired after the series ended.
See Diagnosis Murder Novels, for more information.
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,there will be no more books based on the show.