During the 1990s, Diagnosis: Murder was a hugely successful television series, attracting millions of viewers with its mix of comedy and mystery. The show starred Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan – a medical doctor who moonlights as a sleuth – as well as his son, Barry Van Dyke, who played Mark’s detective son, Steve.
If you never watched Diagnosis: Murder when it first aired, or you know very little about the show, then you may not realise the series was accompanied by a number of television movies. You might also be unaware that Diagnosis: Murder originated as a spin-off series from another show entirely! But don’t worry – this post is here to help.
Below you will find the entire running order of Diagnosis: Murder, to provide you with a rundown of what you need to watch, and when you need to watch it. The post covers the pilot episode, the movies, and the series, so that you won’t miss out on any of Dr. Sloan’s adventures should you be starting your journey with Diagnosis: Murder.
Explaining Diagnosis: Murder
Before it became a long-running television series, Diagnosis: Murder started life as an episode of the American crime drama, Jake and the Fatman. The fourth season episode, ‘It Never Entered My Mind’, featured the character, Dr. Mark Sloan, and acted as backdoor pilot for a potential movie or series.
The backdoor pilot worked, and with Sloan proving popular, the character next appeared in a trio of television movies which aired between 1992 and 1993. The movies included: Diagnosis of Murder (1992), The House on Sycamore Street (1992), and A Twist of the Knife (1993).
The television movies were a ratings winner, and this convinced CBS to greenlight a television series, aka Diagnosis: Murder. The first episode aired in October 1993 and ran continuously for eight seasons.
During its run, Diagnosis: Murder clocked up 178 episodes, with the final episode airing in May 2001; however, this wasn’t quite the end for Dr. Sloan. The show was revived and concluded the following year, with two further television movies: Town Without Pity (2002) and Without Warning (2002).
Diagnosis: Murder in order
If you plan to watch Diagnosis: Murder in its entirety, then here is the list of all the series and movies you will need, in timeline order:
- Pilot episode – ‘It Never Entered My Mind’ (Jake and the Fatman) (1991)
- Diagnosis of Murder (1992)
- The House on Sycamore Street (1992)
- A Twist of the Knife (1993)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 1 (1993)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 2 (1994)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 3 (1995)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 4 (1996)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 5 (1997)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 6 (1998)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 7 (1999)
- Diagnosis: Murder Season 8 (2000)
- Town Without Pity (2002)
- Without Warning (2002)
If you watch the series and movies in this order you will view see all of Dr. Sloan’s adventures in Diagnosis: Murder.
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