Gideon Oliver is an anthropology professor at Columbia University who uses his knowledge of other cultures to solve crimes, aided by his daughter and assistant Zina.

Creator:

Dick Wolf
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1989  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Christine Cromwell (1989–1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Talented female attorney, Christine Cromwell, searches for justice, and the truth, when her friends and clients are accused of murder.

Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Ralph Bellamy, Mel Ferrer
Deadline (2000–2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Oliver Platt plays Wallace Benton, a journalist for a New York tabloid magazine called the NY Ledger. He works along side his soon to be ex-wife, and various other people, using his ... See full summary »

Stars: Oliver Platt, Damon Gupton, Bebe Neuwirth
B.L. Stryker (1989–1990)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

B.L. Stryker is a carefree private detective who lives on his boat docked in southern Florida. With the help of his friends and his annoying neighbor, he has to solve crimes afflicting the ... See full summary »

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ossie Davis, Michael O. Smith
Nakia (TV Series 1974)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Nakia Parker is a Native American serving as a deputy to Sam Jericho in New Mexico. Choosing an old truck or a horse over a police vehicle, he also combines tribal traditions with modern crime techniques.

Stars: Robert Forster, Arthur Kennedy, Taylor Lacher
Nasty Boys (TV Series 1990)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Nasty Boys are a special unit of the North Las Vegas Police Department. The unit consists of undercover cops and their identities are withheld, even from the department. They only ... See full summary »

Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Don Franklin, Craig Hurley
H.E.L.P. (TV Series 1990)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A combined Emergency Services of the FDNY, NYPD and Emergency Medical Service units in New York City called the Harlem Eastside Life-saving Program, or H.E.L.P.

Stars: John Mahoney, Tom Bresnahan, David Caruso
Dragnet (2003–2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner Frank Smith methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, Christina Chang
Feds (TV Series 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Stars: Blair Brown, Adrian Pasdar, Dana Reeve
Above the Law (1988)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva
Light of Day (1987)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A pair of siblings must choose whether to pursue their dream of touring with their rock band or support their family and stay in Cleveland, Ohio.

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The NBC Mystery Movie was the 'umbrella' title for one of many mystery series shown on a rotating basis (known as a 'wheel series'), in the same time slot on Sunday nights on NBC. The ... See full summary »

The ABC Mystery Movie (1989–1990)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Rather than running one hour episodes with the same cast each week, ABC used this series to broadcast two hour stand-alone movie-length programs, which would roate through a set of ... See full summary »

Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Louis Gossett Jr. ...  Gideon Oliver 5 episodes, 1989
Shari Headley ...  Zina Oliver 3 episodes, 1989
Mary Fogarty Mary Fogarty ...  Catharine / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Edit

Storyline

Gideon Oliver is an anthropology professor at Columbia University who uses his knowledge of other cultures to solve crimes, aided by his daughter and assistant Zina.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

character name in title | See All (1) »

Genres:

Adventure

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By the Rivers of Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The five episodes of "Gideon Oliver" appeared as part of "The ABC Mystery Movie", a series of two-hour episodes featuring a different crime-solver each week, from among Gideon Oliver (Louis Gossett, Jr.), Columbo (Peter Falk), Kojak (Telly Savalas), and B.L. Stryker (Burt Reynolds). See more »

Connections

Edited into The ABC Mystery Movie (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Problematic
8 June 2011 | by mcornettSee all my reviews

I remember some good things about it, but also some bad, and part of it had come from author Aaron Elkins' disowning of the show.

He didn't have a problem with Oliver being made black (Elkins had never specified Oliver's ethnicity in the books), but two things Elkins always refused to include in his books were Satanism and violence against children.

And the premiere episode was about a Satanic cult sacrificing children.

Elkins and his fans were horrified. And personally, I had no problem with Gossett, and thought he did a good job, but after reading some of the books, I found the series a turnoff. They had the smartness but none of the wry humor and light touches. I gave up on it after two shows; may have been unfair of me, but I found the show's dismissal of the author's work to be too much of a turnoff.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed