Father Dowling Mysteries (also known as Father Dowling Investigates in the United Kingdom) is an American television mystery series that aired from January 20, 1989 to May 2, 1991. Prior to the series, a TV movie aired on November 30, 1987. For its first season, the show was on NBC; it moved to ABC for its last two seasons.
The show features a Catholic Priest, Father Dowling, who solves murders, abductions and other mysteries in his Chicago parish, assisted by a young streetwise Nun, Sister Stephanie, in spite of hindrance by the Bishop's representative, Father Prestwick.
It is based on characters created by Ralph McInerny in a series of mystery novels; but neither the pilot TV movie nor the subsequent regular season episodes are actual adaptations of any of McInerny's stories.
The series was developed for television by Dean Hargrove and Joel Steiger, and produced by The Fred Silverman Company and Dean Hargrove Productions in association with Viacom Productions.