Father Dowling Mysteries (1989–1991)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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An amiable, inquisitive Chicago priest moonlights as a detective and is assisted by a rather worldly, lock-picking nun.

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  • Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)
  • Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)
  • Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)
  • Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)
  • Tom Bosley and Tracy Nelson in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)
  • Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, and Mary Wickes in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989)

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Dean Hargrove, Joel Steiger

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10 December 2005 | Theo Robertson
Perhaps The Most Ridiculous Murder Series Ever Made
Oh come on I've seen MONTY PHYTHON sketches that are more realistic than this . A Priest called Father Dowling investigates crimes . What sort of crimes ? Paedophile Priests ? The Vatican mafia as seen in THE GODFATHER 3 ? No just mundane crimes like people getting bumped off by gangsters and the like

Did I mention the Padre has a sidekick called Stephanie Oskowski ? She's a Nun and every episode sees her going undercover as a lap dancer or a prostitute . NOOOOOOOOO ! Stop laughing I'm not making any of this up and the plots aren't even bad enough to be good . In fact you end up really confused as to why anyone thought this up for an American TV network because a plot featuring gangsters , a priest and a nun working as a prostitute would have made a great movie starring Big John Holmes and Linda Lovelace . Sometimes the worst idea can be the greatest idea but only if it's used in the right medium

There is something slightly objectionable and very hypocritical to all this . Dowling's a man of the cloth right ? He's there to save souls right ? The word of God states that we should love our enemies right ? But after Dowling and Stephanie have solved the case the cops arrive and arrest the bad guys and never at any point do the duo feel any remorse that the criminals will be spending the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison where they'll be gang raped . What happened to the Christian spirit ? Oh and surely if the criminals are facing the death penalty this should go against Dowling and Stephanie's principals ? Maybe FATHER DOWLING INVESTIGATES is really produced by Marxists ? No doubt this show is popular in North Korea

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