Dr. Mark Sloan

Created by Jotce Burditt

Widower DR. MARK SLOAN is a teaching physician who keeps butting his nose into active police investigations, while working as a consultant to the local department in several TV movies and the subsequent TV series Diagnosis: Murder in the 1990s and beyond. Okay, the show has almost nothing to do with private eyes, film noir or hard-boiled fiction, being a lighthearted piece of coziness, a sort of a Murder, He Prescribed, with a scary similiarity to Matlock.

Very typical of TV mysteries in the mid to late-90's, actually. Geezer detective shows were all over the place, featuring elderly, once-beloved but almost forgotten TV stars playing prying, snooping, elderly (usually amateur) detectives. At least Barnaby Jones was a pro. However, there are two pretty good reasons for including at least a passing reference to this show on this site:.

  • Dr. Mark Sloan was originally introduced as a character in the P.I. show Jake and the Fatman.

  • Eternal TV eye Joe Mannix (played by Mike Connors) returned to television after over twenty years in a "Hard-Boiled Murder," a 1974 episode in which Joe and his old friend Dr. Mark solve a 25-year-old murder case. The episode featured several actual clips from "Little Girl Lost," a 1973 episode of Mannix, with Pernell Roberts and Beverly Garland reprising their guest-starring roles from the original show. It was a smart, witty and fitting tribute to the ultimate 1960's private eye show.

Evidently, you couldn't kill this thing with a stick. Even after its demise as a series, they still managed to squirt out a few more TV movies, and in reruns the show itself continued to be immensely popular with everyone from grannies to my five-year old niece (who planned on marrying Jesse). It spawned a series of original Diagnosis: Murder books by our pal Lee Goldberg, one of the writers for the series and a man who knows how to write a solid tie-in.. The first, The Silent Partner, came out in September 2003, and Janet Evanovich called it "a whodunit thrill ride... a high-octane mystery that moves like a bullet train."

TELEVISION

  • DIAGNOSIS OF MURDER
    (January 5, 1992, CBS)
    Made for television movie
    Based on characters created by Joyce Burditt
    Starring: Dick Van Dyke as DR. MARK SLOAN

  • THE HOUSE ON SYCAMORE STREET
    (May 1, 1992, CBS)
    Made for television movie
    Based on characters created by Joyce Burditt
    Starring: Dick Van Dyke as DR. MARK SLOAN

  • DIAGNOSIS MURDER
    (1993-2001, CBS)
    Series
    60 minute episodes
    Based on characters created by Joyce Burditt
    Writers: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
    Executive Producers: Fred Silverman, Dean Hargrove, Dick Van Dyke, Tom Chehak, Lee Goldberg
    Produced by The Fred Silverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions, in association with Viacom Productions, Inc.
    Starring: Dick Van Dyke as DR. MARK SLOAN
    with Victoria Rowell, Barry Van Dyke, Michael Tucci, Charlie Schlatter

  • TOWN WITHOUT PITY
    (February 6, 2002, CBS)
    Based on characters created by Joyce Burditt
    Made for television movie
    Starring:Dick Van Dyke as DR. MARK SLOAN

  • WITHOUT WARNING
    (April 26, 2002, CBS)
    Based on characters created by Joyce Burditt
    Made for television movie
    Starring:Dick Van Dyke as DR. MARK SLOAN

NOVELS

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Regretfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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