This entertaining medical mystery series began as a
spin off from "Jake and the Fatman" in 1993. The central
character, Dr. Mark Sloan, was played by much beloved actor
Dick Van Dyke. His charisma and talent were definitely an
integral part of the appeal of this show, but the wonderful
supporting cast and solid writing shouldn't be overlooked
either. Dr. Sloan worked at Community General Hospital (a
fictional hospital set in Los Angeles), but he also worked
as a police consultant. His son, Detective Steve Sloan,
provided a personal connection to Dr. Sloan's sideline as
a consultant and, interestingly enough, was played by Mr.
Van Dyke's real son, Barry Van Dyke. I feel that their real-life
relationship went a long way towards making their on-screen
performances comfortable and realistic. ---
Image & Sound:
Well the operation was a success but the patient died.
Seriously, "Diagnosis Murder" suffers from the same compression
issues that dogged the previous set and the image quality
is so-so at best with plenty of video noise and compression
artifacts in the way of digital grain. Audio sounds decent.