The BEST Episodes of Father Dowling Mysteries
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Network: ABC (US)
The show began as an NBC Made for TV Movie in 1987 and the show was to have begun weekly in 1988 though because of a writer's strike in 1988 it didn't begin weekly until 1989. After it's 1st season the show left NBC and ABC took the show from 1990 until 1991. First Telecast: November 30, 1987 Last Telecast: May 2, 1991 Episodes: 1 TV Movie, 42 Episodes
#1 - The Medical Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1990
The local hospital is the scene of some 'extra' deaths when Father Dowling and Sister Steve uncover a string of mystery murders. Father Prestwick insists on helping out and almost becomes the next victim.
#2 - The Devil & the Deep Blue Sea Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1990
When most people look at Harry Deil they see one of the most powerful men in underworld crime. Father Dowling sees something else, something even more sinister: The devil. Now Father Dowling must beat him at his own game in order to save Sister Steve.
#3 - The Reasonable Doubt Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 1990
Father Dowling does his duty, jury duty, in a murder case that should have been open and shut. Father Dowling is not so sure and his claim of reasonable doubt ends in a deadlocked jury. While the DA angrily works toward a retrial, Father Dowling and Sister Steve conduct an investigation of their own, at the center of which is the testimony of an eyewitness who seems to keep company with some unusual sorts.
#4 - The Solid Gold Headache Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 29, 1990
Sister Steve knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth, but why would anyone name her as administrator of a six million dollar trust fund? And if you think she is puzzled, the family of the dearly departed are just a tad upset themselves. In fact they are willing to do just about anything to keep Sister Steve away from the fund. And just to show they are serious, they've kidnapped Father Dowling's trusty housekeeper. They've offered to let her go, as soon as someone coughs up mere six million dollars.
#5 - The Murder Weekend Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 1990
It's man against machine when a hired killer uses computer technology to conceal his crime during a weekend retreat for mystery writers. A series of traps further complicate the investigation and one of them almost costs Sister Steve her life.
#6 - The Christmas Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 1990
There's a murder attempt on a woman who has left her son in the temporary care of St. Michael's and the search for the culprit leads to a department store on Christmas Eve.
#7 - The Movie Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 1990
Everyone is enjoying the slice of Hollywood as a movie crew uses St. Michael's as a location, until a series of unexplained, and life-threatening, accidents put a damper on the mood. Father Dowling and Sister Steve are enlisted to assist in the investigation while Father Prestwick decides to make his screen debut...as a stand in.
#8 - The Vanishing Victim Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 1990
Father Dowling stumbles into a kidnapping plot when he befriends a young woman who is about to disappear. Fearing the worst, Sister Steve signs on as the family's new maid to try and find out what happened to the girl.
#9 - The Missing Body Mystery (2)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 20, 1989
Father Dowling lands on the wrong side of the FBI after a dying man falls dead at his feet. Father Dowling puts the church in a bad light when he insists on tracking down the killer. While doing so, he seems to have helped botch a FBI sting operation!
#10 - The Man Who Came to Dinner Mystery
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 10, 1989
A witness to a murder is pursued by the killer and he takes refuge in St. Michael's, enlisting the help of a woman he once almost married--Sister Steve.
#11 - The Mafia Priest Mystery (1)
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 1989
Father Dowling finds himself caught in a bizarre mystery when he attempts to prove a fellow priest innocent of murder. Dowling and Sister Steve get more than they bargained for when they discover the young priest's family is indeed connected--to organized crime!
#12 - The Pretty Baby Mystery
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 10, 1989
Father Dowling and Sister Steve find themselves in the most unlikely role of parents when an abandoned baby is discovered at the rectory. When they attempt to reunite mother and child they learn that the mother is being chased by violent kidnappers.
#13 - The Visiting Priest Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 1990
Father Dowling and Sister Steve are taken in by a fake priest. It turns out "Father" Damon is actually a hit man sent to kill aging gang-leader, Victor Malko. Father Dowling tries to warn Malko, but he won't take Dowling's warnings seriously. And now the real Father's life might be in jeopardy.
#14 - The Exotic Dancer Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 11, 1990
Sister Steve heads undercover as a crooked card dealer at a high stakes poker game. It turns out the game is really nothing more than a ploy to cover up a robbery. Meanwhile, Father Dowling has his work cut out for him. He has to expose the crime, solve the murder of the exotic dancer and rescue Sister Steve before the card sharks find out her true identity.
#15 - The Sanctuary Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 1990
Sister, Father and a brother find themselves in a life and death situation when Sister Steve's younger brother, Mark, finds himself in the middle of a street gang battle. Someone ends up dead and Mark is the one charged with murder. He points the finger at the real killer, Police Captain Edward Hayton, and then finds himself leading candidate in the role of next potential victim. Father Dowling throws his hat into the ring and finds a case that involves not only murder, but smugglers trafficking in precious gems.
#16 - The Legacy Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 12, 1990
Father Dowling has always enjoyed fine art, but someone is going overboard in their role as freelance art critic. A mystery thief is methodically stealing the art treasures that once belonged to the wealthy Cabot family. And Father Dowling has an inkling the thief might be the surviving son, Jonathan. The only question is why would a rich businessman take the risk of stealing the paintings when he could easily afford to buy them outright? And Cabot has perfect alibis for each theft. It looks like it's time for some of Father Dowling's old-fashioned digging for clues.
#17 - The Passionate Painter Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 26, 1990
Suffering for the sake of one's art is one thing, but this temperamental artist's talent might soon be hidden beneath a sad addiction to drugs and alcohol. And that's just the start of his problems. He's just discovered that someone is also trying to kill him.
#18 - The Royal Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 1990
It looks like a royal mess when Sister Steve find herself trapped in a Royal scandal. The Sister trades places with a frisky British noblewoman in order to infiltrate a trade delegation. Father Dowling has his hands full riding shotgun, trying to keep an eye open for the Sister's Royal killer.
#19 - The Undercover Nun Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 1990
Sister Steve's return to her Mother's house to celebrate the convent's Silver Jubilee ceremonies should be a time of great joy for everyone. But shortly after arriving the Sister discovers a nun with a gun. Not quite what she expected. And her worst fears are indeed realized when another visiting nun is murdered.
#20 - The Mummy's Curse Mystery
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 1991
While visiting the Chicago Museum to take in a Pharaoh's burial chamber, Father Dowling and Sister Steve encounter an ancient Egyptian curse. Father Prestwick almost becomes a victim himself when he attempts to uncover the tomb's deadly secrets.
#21 - The Missing Body Mystery (1)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 1989
Father Dowling lands on the wrong side of the FBI after a dying man falls at his feet. Father Dowling puts the church in a bad light when he insists on tracking down the killer. While doing so, he seems to have helped botch a FBI sting operation!
#22 - What Do You Call a Call Girl Mystery
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 27, 1989
Father Dowling comes to the aid of a man when his fiancée is murdered just as she was about to confess to being a prostitute. A search leads to three powerful clients, none of whom want to be involved in a scandal. And even the police are trying to discourage Father Dowling from continuing his investigation.
#23 - The Mafia Priest Mystery (2)
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 24, 1989
Undeterred by appearances, Father Dowling sets out to prove a young priest innocent of murder after he discovers the priest has been framed by a member of his own family. Nothing is ever easy, of course, and when the real assassin is himself killed, Dowling must rely on a family member who is too afraid to tell the truth. But tell it he must.
#24 - The Stone Killer Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 25, 1990
Someone is using Father Dowling for target practice and the marksman appears to be an angry ex-con the Father sent up river on a murder rap. Full police protection is offered but how can you run a parish with all those men in blue hanging about? Let alone take part in a charity race.
#25 - The Ghost of a Chance Mystery
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 8, 1990
Father Dowling is more than a little skeptical when a young woman insists that her house is haunted. He agrees to investigate just the same after Sister Steve confesses that she has also seen some of the unexplained "happenings." Father Dowling concludes that something is indeed amiss, but is it the work of a person or a spirit?