Diagnosis Murder/Must Kill TV

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Must Kill TV
Season 5, Episode 9
Airdate November 6, 1997
Written by Lee Goldberg &
William Rabkin
Directed by Christopher Hibler
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Must Kill TV is the ninth episode of the fifth season of Diagnosis Murder, and the ninety-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke (Dr. Mark Sloan), Victoria Rowell (Dr. Amanda Bentley), Charlie Schlatter (Dr. Jesse Travis)

and Barry Van Dyke (Steve Sloan)

Guest Stars: John Aniston (Carlton Everest), Tom Gallop (Phil Zarkin), Michele Greene (Rachel Woodrall), Molly Hagan (Paige Jennings), Brenda Varda (Karen), Fred Willard (Harry Fellows)

Special Guest Star: Stephen J. Cannell (Jackson Burley)

Special Appearances by: Erik Estrada (Himself), Peter Graves (Himself)

Cameo Appearances by: Doug E. Doug (Himself), Reginald VelJohnson (Himself), Jane Seymour (Herself), Jaleel White (Himself)

Co-Starring: Dr. Joyce Brothers (Herself), Sam Rubin (T.V. Host), Timothy McNeil (Ernie Cooley), Jennifer Fairbanks (Jennifer)

Featuring: Andre Khabbazi (T.J. Mann), Nicole Nieth (Cindy), Sloan Devine (Woman)


Plot Overview

Mark becomes involved in behind-the-scenes intrigue at a TV network when the head programmer is killed, as is her successor.


Arc Advancement





The Show

A number of popular TV stars, from Peter Graves to Jaleel White, all appear as themselves in this episode, as does mega-TV producer Stephen J. Cannell, playing (what else?) a big-deal TV producer.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments