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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
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"M*A*S*H*". Wayne Rogers played the part of Capt."Trapper John" McIntyre from 1972 to 1975 on M*A*S*H. Trapper was best friend and roommate to fellow surgeon Capt."Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda). After leaving the Army, the character turned up in the 1979 series titled "Trapper John, MD." On this show, Trapper John was the Chief of Staff at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. This dramatic medical series ran from 1979 through 1986. This show starred Pernell Roberts in the title role. Roberts is best known as the eldest son of rancher Ben Cartwright on the long running western series "Bonanza."
"Ben Casey". Sam Jaffe played the role of Dr. Zorba. Vince Edwards played the title role, a resident surgeon at County General Hospital.
The series premiered in October of 1961, and soon became the most popular show on the ABC network.
"St. Elsewhere". Denzel Washington played the role in this 1982 series for seven seasons. Washington has become one of the most successful actors in entertainment. He won the best supporting actor academy award in 1989 for his performance in "Glory" and won the best actor in a leading role academy award in 2001 for his performance in "Training Day." In 2002, he was named one of the 50 most beautiful people by People Magazine.
"Medical Center". Chad Everett starred in the role. Everett was first known for his role as a deputy in the 1963 series "The Dakotas. "Everett's work on "Medical Center" earned him 2 Golden Globe Awards and Emmy nominations. Chad Everett was born Raymond Lee Cramton on June 11, 1936.
"Marcus Welby, M.D.". James Brolin played the role, with Robert Young starring in the title role. "Marcus Welby, M.D." ran for 7 season. Brolin also had starring roles on the series "Hotel" which ran for six seasons, and "Pensacola:Wings of Gold" which ran for three seasons.
Brolin has been married to singing diva Barbra Streisand since July 1, 1998 (as of 12/31/05)
|An alien returns to Earth to find a human female that befriended him on his first visit. On that visit, he had assumed her late husband's form, using DNA from a hair sample. On this second visit, he assumes the form of a photographer that had just died in a helicopter crash. That photographer's name was what?||TV Astronauts
Paul Forrester. From "Starman". Robert Hayes played Paul Forrester/Starman He is better known for his quirky comedy roles in the movies "Airplane!" and "Airplane II: The Sequel".
|"Gilligan's Island" episode "Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet": The castaways are visited by two Soviet Cosmonauts named what?||TV Astronauts
Ivan and Igor. In this episode, the Cosmonauts snuck Vodka in their capsule. It was revealed years later this actually occurred on some Soviet Space missions.
|Everyone knows that the old doctors are experienced and listen more than young ones. It's a good thing that Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo are in their office today. On what show did these two doctors and their receptionist work?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Marcus Welby, MD. "Marcus Welby, MD" (1969-1976) was a ground breaking series for its day. Robert Young starred as Dr. Welby. The show told the story of an older doctor, Dr. Marcus Welby, who was your old-fashioned type of doctor who even made house calls. Dr. Welby suffered a mild heart and was forced to take on an assistant, Dr. Steven Kiley, who was played by the then-young James Brolin.
The scene that best exemplifies the age difference between Dr. Welby and Dr. Kiley was shown during the opening credits when Dr. Welby would drive up in his large sedan and Dr. Kiley would arrive for work on his motorcycle. Consuelo Lopez was the office manager of the medical practice. She was played by Elena Verdugo.
|Oh, no! We have been in a car crash involving two trucks and five other cars! Let's hope the ambulance arrives soon with Aimee Garcia, Cliff Curtis and Cameron Boone. What show am I talking about?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Trauma. "Trauma" deals with the public as well as the private lives of a group of paramedics in San Francisco, California. Being a paramedic has been labeled as the most dangerous of all medical professions. The paramedic is first on the scene of an accident, having to deal with unknown factors while every effort is made to save lives.
Aimee Garcia plays Marisa Benez, Cliff Curtis appears as Reuben "Patrick" Palchuck and Derek Luke plays Cameron Boone. All three provide us with an adrenaline rush as seen through the eyes of first responders.
|Emergencies can be stressful. Hopefully, George Clooney, Anthony Edwards or Gloria Reuben will be on hand to patch us up. What series is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
ER. "ER" ran from 1994 to 2009. The show was set in a fictional emergency room in Chicago, Illinois. The setting was based on the emergency room at the real Cook Country Hospital.
George Clooney (be still my heart) was Dr. Doug Ross (pediatrician). Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene was one of the more tragic figures in the series. Gloria Reuben played physician's assistant Jeanie Boulet.
"E/R" was a comedy that ran from 1984-1985. George Clooney played the character named Ace on this show.
|Let's go and check out our heart function. Kate Mulgrew, Laura Johnson or Lynn Whitfield should be able to help us. What show is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Heartbeat. One of my favorite medical shows, "Heartbeat" only aired from 1987 until 1989. This show should not be confused with the British police drama of the same name.
"Heartbeat" is the story of doctors working together in a private women's clinic in Los Angeles. Kate Mulgrew starred as Dr. JoAnn Halloran, Laura Johnson appeared as Dr. Eve Autrey and Lynn Whitfield played Dr. Cory Banks. They all worked hard every week to ensure the best care for their female patients.
|Oh, we are so lucky! We have beautiful and caring doctors played by Kate Walsh, Tim Daly and Taye Diggs. What series is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Private Practice. "Private Practice" began life in 2007 as a spin off from "Grey's Anatomy". As a result, there have been some "cross over" episodes between the two. The series is centered around the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) and her work at a private practice clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Peter Wilder (Tim Daly) is the alternative medicine specialist. Dr. Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs) is the internal medicine specialist. Rounding out the practice are Amy Brennerman as Dr. Violet Turner (psychiatrist), Andra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett (endocrinologist and fertility specialist) and Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman (pediatrician).
|I don't know if we believe in saints, but Denzel Washington, Howie Mandel and William Daniels worked hard to make us think so. What show is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
St. Elsewhere. "St. Elsewhere" (1982-1988) told the story of an overburden city hospital, St. Eligius located in the south end of Boston. St. Eligius is a poor, run downed place which as Dr. Mark Craig (William Daniels) so concisely puts it, "...you wouldn't dump your mother-in-law here."
Dr. Mark Craig, as the hospital's shining heart surgeon, was brilliant and obnoxious. Dr. Wayne Fiscus (Howie Mandel) as a beginning doctor, was quite the clown. As the show went on, Dr. Fiscus became a good and caring doctor. Dr. Phillip Chandler (Denzel Washington) was a rather aloof but excellent doctor. Because he puts people off with his seemingly superior attitude, he has been described as "too white for the black folks but too black for the white folks".
"St. Elsewhere" won thirteen Emmys during its run. Although critically acclaimed, only a small portion of the television viewing audience tuned in each week.
|After serving in the Korean War, we need to get a physical. Good thing that we have Pernell Roberts, Gregory Harrison, or Brian Stokes Mitchell to check us over. What television drama is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Trapper John, MD. Spun off from the popular series "M*A*S*H" (1979-1986), Pernell Roberts starred as Dr. John McIntyre. Dr. McIntyre worked at the medical army surgical hospital during the Korea War. In the show he is Chief Surgeon at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. Instead of fighting the established medical system as he did in Korea, he is now a part of the medical bureaucracy.
To add to his load, Dr. McIntyre has to mentor young Dr. George Alonzo "Gates" (Gregory Harrison). Dr. Alonzo does have some things in common with Dr. McIntyre, especially his service in a MASH unit during the Vietnam War. But he still wants to work outside the system and even lives in a mobile home in the hospital's parking lot. Also on staff is Dr. Justin "Jackpot" Jackson (Brian Stokes Mitchell).
Quincy, ME. "Quincy, ME" (1976-1983) was the pre-cursor of all the 'CSI' franchises. ME stands for Medical Examiner (also called a forensic coroner). Dr. R. Quincy was played by Jack Klugman. The doctor's first name was never revealed in the show. As coroner, Dr. Quincy would often investigate people who had died of seemingly natural causes only to discover that they had, in fact, been murdered. The second half of the show was devoted to finding the murderer(s).
Robert Ito played Sam Fujiyama, Dr. Quincy's assistant. John S. Ragin played Dr. Robert Asten, Quincy's boss.
|We may have to go and see a specialist. Let's see if we can see James Daly, Chad Everett or Audrey Totter. What show is this?||Is There A Doctor on TV? Part 1
Medical Center. "Medical Center" ran from 1969 until 1976. The show centered around a hospital connected to a large university in Los Angeles. It told of the everyday medical emergencies, as well as the personal trials and tribulations of its stars.
Chad Everett was Dr. Joe Gannon. James Daly was Dr. Paul Lochner who mentored Dr. Gannon. Audrey Totter played Nurse Wilcox.
"Medical Center" tied for popularity with "Marcus Welby, MD" (1969-1976). When canceled, it was the longest running medical show up to that point.
Ben Casey. "Ben Casey" (1961-1966) ran in direct competition with another new medical show, "Dr. Kildare" (1961-1966). Dr. Ben Casey, played by Vince Edwards, was a young neurosurgeon. Set in a major urban hospital, the medical staff was in a constant race against time to save lives.
Dr. David Zorba, played by Sam Jaffe, was supposed to keep Ben in line, which was a tall order. Jaffe left the series in 1965 to be replaced by Franchot Tone as Dr. Daniel Freeland. Bettye Ackerman played Dr. Maggie Graham.
One of the more interesting aspects of the show was its opening credits which included line drawings that represented man, woman, birth, death and infinity.
|Guess we should never have gone this far from the hospital. Despite all the doctors and medical attention, we have died. Our cause of death is a mystery. Perhaps Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer and Lorraine Toussaint could have figured it all out. These coroners were found on what show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Crossing Jordan. "Crossing Jordan" (2001-2007) followed the autopsies done and lives lived of its medical examiners (ME) and other support staff who worked out of the coroner's office in Boston. Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy) would typically examine a body to look for cause of death. More often than not, she discovered that foul play was involved and then she was off and running to solve the crime. Attempting to curb her enthusiasm was Dr. Garret Macy (Miguel Ferrer) as chief medical examiner. Lorraine Toussaint (Dr. Elaine Duchamps) was part of the staff during its second season; her character died from complications of E-coli.
|Finally, we are out of the hospital! Time for some real rest and recreation so we are taking a small vacation. Oops, we are having a relapse here at our plush resort. Time to call on Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo and Reshma Shetty. What show starred these three fine actors?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Royal Pains. "Royal Pains" (2009) followed the life of Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) which changed dramatically after he decided that one of his emergency room patients had more of a critical need than another. Unfortunately, the latter patient died. The dead patient was the founder and main benefactor of the hospital, so Dr. Lawson was soon out of a job and also single since his girlfriend left him. To cheer his brother up, Evan R. Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) suggested a trip to the Hamptons, an exclusive conclave for the rich and famous. At an upscale gala, Dr. Lawson saved the life of a party attendee. He was soon offered the position of concierge doctor; a doctor who makes frequent house calls to patients where money seems to be no object. Joining his mobile staff was Reshma Shetty as Hank's physician assistant, Divya Katdare. Not one to miss an opportunity, Evan R. Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) set himself as the CFO (chief financial officer) of the new medical service, "Hank Med".
|Perhaps the problem we are having is with our brain. Stanley Tucci, Mark Feuerstein and Indira Varma all worked in neurology. What show were they on?
||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Three Pounds. The title, "Three Pounds" (2006) references the fact that the average human brain weighs three pounds. Stanley Tucci starred as Dr. Douglas Hanson, a neurosurgeon whose extraordinary skills in medicine were only matched by his ego. Dr. Jonathan Seger (Mark Feuerstein) played a new doctor who arrived in the first episode to become Dr. Hanson's new assistant. Dr. Adrianne Holland (Indira Varma) was also a colleague and possible girlfriend for Dr. Seger.
|Unfortunately, we are still in the hospital. The hospital has assigned three different doctors to our case that were played by Andre Braugher, Ravi Kapoor and Eric Dane. What show was this?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Gideon's Crossing. "Gideon's Crossing" (2000-2001) was loosely based on the real life of Jerome Groopman. The series was set in a teaching hospital in New England. Dr. Ben Gideon (Andre Braugher) was not only an excellent doctor, but also related well to his patients. He headed up the oncology ward where new and radical procedures were tried in order to save the patients. Dr. Gideon also served as a mentor to new doctors including Dr. Sid Shandar (Ravi Kapoor) and Dr. Wyatt Cooper (Eric Dane).
|Our condition has gotten to the point that we have to check into the hospital. We are so glad that Blair Underwood, Vivica A. Fox and Hill Harper will be there to attend to us. On what show would we have found them?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
City of Angels. "City of Angels" (2000) was set at Angels of Mercy Hospital located in the inner city of Los Angeles. As with most medical shows, the plot followed the personal as well as the professional lives of doctors and nurses who were on the television show. Blair Underwood was Dr. Ben Turner. Vivica A. Fox played Dr. Lillian Price, an old acquaintance of Dr. Turner and potential love interest. Hill Harper, in his first major role in a television series, portrayed Dr. Wesley Williams.
In addition to these outstanding cast members, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union and Maya Rudolph all had recurring roles on the show.
|We are so sick; we really need to maintain some hope that things will get better for us soon. Perhaps Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin and Hector Elizondo will help us see that our glass is half full instead of hall empty. What hospital show had these three doctors on staff?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Chicago Hope. "Chicago Hope" (1994-2000) had the misfortune of not only premiering the same year as "ER" (1994-2009) but also in the same time slot. And both medical dramas were set in Chicago! Despite this, the show had a very faithful group of viewers which allowed it to air for six seasons.
Mandy Patinkin as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger was an outstanding surgeon but a damaged human being. His best friend was Dr. Aaron Shutt (Adam Arkin), the hospital's head psychologist. Hector Elizondo (Dr. Phillip Watters) was the hospital's chief of staff. As they and others went about saving lives (for the most part), they struggled to keep their own lives on track.
|After paying our medical bill, we haven't any money left. But we are in need of medical attention since we have the flu. An inexpensive clinic was staffed by Rosa Blasi, Patricia Richardson and Rick Schroder. What was the name of this show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Strong Medicine. "Strong Medicine" (2000-2006) played on Lifetime network. The show was based on a novel of the same name written by Arthur Hailey published in 1984. Whoopie Goldberg was one of the producers of the show.
Set at the fictional Rittenhouse Women's Clinic in Philadelphia, the show followed Rosa Blasi (Dr. Louisa "Lu" Delgado) as a doctor dedicated to helping poor women with their health issues. In order to accomplish this goal, Dr. Delgado became part of the clinic which also served patients who could afford their own health care. Dr. Dana Stowe (Janine Turner) (2000-2002) was Dr. Lu's first partner in the clinic. Dr. Andy Campbell (Patricia Richardson) (2002-2005) and finally Dr. Dylan West (Rick Schroder) (2005-2006) also appeared as Dr. Lu's partners. In addition to solving medical problems, the show also followed the doctors through their own personal troubles.
|They say laughter is the best medicine. We are in need of a good laugh after we received our latest medical bill. Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Ken Jenkins should be able to help us out. Which show were they on?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
Scrubs. "Scrubs" (NBC - 2001 to 2008) (ABC - 2009) revolved around Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) whose medical career at Sacred Heart hospital was documented throughout the comedy series. The show relied heavily on Dr. Dorian's daydreams, often very surreal at times. Advertised with the tagline, "half as long as 'ER' (1994-2009) but twice as funny", the show had its beak of viewers during its second season. Viewership dropped off dramatically from that point.
Donald Faison as Dr. Chris Tuck was J.D.'s best friend. Ken Jenkins as Dr. Bob Kelson was the Chief of Medicine who was much more concerned with the hospital's bottom line rather than patient care.
|We have been to one hundred doctors and no one can figure out what is wrong with us. We had better go and see Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein and Omar Epps. On what show did these actors appear?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
House, M.D.. "House, M.D." (2004) on the Fox network followed a group of medical diagnosticians led by Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) at a hospital located in New Jersey. Although brilliant, Dr. House was an extremely flawed man who did everything he could to avoid human interaction. His addiction to pain medication due to a muscle injury in his leg did not help. His only friend was Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) who House treated very poorly.
The purpose of House's team was to identify causes of medical problems that often could not be determined by other medical professionals. Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy) portrayed Dr. House's much verbally abused boss. The original team consisted of Dr. Eric Forman (Omar Epps), Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison). After these three quit the team because of increasing differences of opinions with Dr. House, a new team was finally "hired" by the end of season four. The new team consisted of Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) and Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde).
|The doctor is too busy to see us. We are so glad that the nurse will see us immediately. After all, it has been said many times that nurses often know more than doctors. This series is about one such nurse. What show had Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Vartan, Joanna Cassidy in the cast?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 2
HawthoRNe. "HawthoRNe" (2009) premiered June 16, 2009 on Turner Network TV (TNT). Jada Pinkett Smith starred as Christine Hawthorne, chief nursing officer as a hospital located in Richmond, Virginia. Nurse Hawthorne continually challenged the system and her superiors to ensure the best care for her patients. On the personal side, Christine was recently widowed and, as a single parent, raised her teenage daughter.
Michael Vartan starred as Dr. Tom Wakefield, a possible love interest for Christine. Joanna Cassidy as Amanda Hawthorne was Christine's mother-in-law. Other nurses on the show were Ray Stein played by David Julian Hirsh, Candy Sullivan portrayed by Christina Moore and Bobbie Jackson played by Suleka Mathew.
|This show featured a very young doctor. Characters in this dramedy included Neil Patrick Harris, James Sikking and Lawrence Pressman. Can you name this television show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 3
Doogie Howser, MD. "Doogie Howser, MD" (1989-1993) told the story of Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Douglas "Doogie" Howser who was the youngest person ever to earn a medical license. An extremely intelligent young man, Doogie received a perfect SAT score at age six, completed high school in nine weeks, graduated from Princeton at the age of ten and finished medical school when he was fourteen.
The series began on Doogie's sixteenth birthday. While waiting in line to get his driver's license, Doogie witnessed an accident and came to the aid of the injured passengers. Although Dougie is a medical doctor, he was also a teenager with all the emotional package that comes with it. The story usually ended with Doogie writing in his diary on his computer, reflecting on the day's events as well as his own feelings.
James Sikking played Doogie's father, Dr. David Howser and Lawrence Pressman portrayed Dr. Benjamin Canfield, Doogie's boss at the hospital.
|A bit of a twist on television doctor shows featured Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon and Joely Richardson. What was the title of this often eccentric television show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 3
Nip/Tuck. "Nip/Tuck" (2003-2010) told the story of two plastic surgeons (Dylan Walsh as Dr. Sean McNamara and Julian McMahon as Dr. Christian Troy) who shared a practice together in Miami, Florida for the first four seasons of the show and then moved onto Los Angeles, California for the last three. Joely Richardson starred as Julia McNamara, Dr. McNamara's wife. As much as they were able to improve the lives of some of their patients, their own lives often needed some "surgery" of its own.
Aired on FX network, the show was often in "hot water" with watchdog groups because of its extensive use of graphic surgical procedures, over-the-top violence and excessive sex. "Nip/Tuck" did win one Golden Globe Award in 2005 for Best Drama on Television.
Numerous celebrities appeared on the show as guests including Sharon Gless, Rosie O'Donnell and Vanessa Redgrave, who, in real life, was the mother of Joely Richardson.
|Another short but sweet doctor drama starred Jonathan Cake, Ming-Na and Angie Harmon. What was the name of this promising show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 3
Inconceivable. "Inconceivable" (2005) starred Jonathan Cake as Dr. Malcolm Bowers, Ming-Na as attorney Rachel Lu and Angie Harmon as Dr. Nora Campbell. Set in San Francisco at the fictional Family Options Clinic, the show presented both the professional as well as the personal lives of a group of doctors, lawyers and psychologists working together to help infertile couples.
The show only aired two episodes. Most critics found the drama promising, but the Writers' Guild of America strike that year was has been cited as the probable cause of its demise.
|Sometimes, medical shows can be short lived. Lasting less than one season, this show had excellent performances by Alfre Woodard, Daniel Henney and Alex O'Loughlin. What was the name of this show?||Is There A Doctor on TV, Part 3
Three Rivers. "Three Rivers" (2009) aired a handful of episodes before it was cancelled by CBS. Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River, hence "three" rivers), Alex O'Loughlin as Dr. Andy Yablonski worked tirelessly to find and to affect organ transplants for his patients. Helping him were Alfre Woodard as Dr. Sophia Jordan and Daniel Henney as Dr. David Lee.
In one particular episode, "The Luckiest Man" (November 8, 2009), Mandy Patinkin turned in an Emmy award winning performance as a man who wanted to be taken off life support so that he could donate his organs.