Gideon Oliver

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1989 ABC

DAD: Gideon Oliver (Louis Gossett, Jr.) / Divorced

DAD’S JOB: Anthropology Professor / Detective

KIDS: Zina (Shari Headley) (19)

WHERE’S MOM?: Teaches at Tuskegee

STAND-IN "MOM": Doesn’t seem to be one

Picture a modern-day Indiana Jones-ish guy who is more like a really adventurous Ellery Queen. Oh, and he has a daughter. And he’s big on handing out Fortune-Cookie Philosophy ("A school of learning is the departure lounge, not the baggage claim").

I’d say more but there really wasn’t much more to this show. Well, except that most viewers would remember Shari Headley as the girl Eddie Murphy’s character falls in love with in the movie Coming to America.