The Korean War M*A*S*H unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.
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Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Pernell Roberts ...  Trapper John McIntyre 151 episodes, 1979-1986
Brian Stokes Mitchell ...  Dr. Justin 'Jackpot' Jackson 151 episodes, 1979-1986
Charles Siebert ...  Dr. Stanley Riverside II 151 episodes, 1979-1986
Gregory Harrison ...  Dr. George Alonzo 'Gonzo' Gates 142 episodes, 1979-1986
Christopher Norris ...  Gloria 'Ripples' Brancusi, R.N. 132 episodes, 1979-1985
Madge Sinclair ...  Ernestine Shoop, R. N. 129 episodes, 1980-1986
Chris Hutson Chris Hutson ...  Nurse / ... 102 episodes, 1981-1986
Simon Scott ...  Arnold Slocum 83 episodes, 1979-1985
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This series brought the character of "Trapper John" from M*A*S*H in as the Chief of Surgery at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. Joining him on the surgical staff was a brilliant young surgeon, G. Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates, who had also served in a MASH unit - in Vietnam. The show covered standard medical stories, but it also took chances with such subjects as AIDS, the Epstein-Barr Virus, and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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Wayne Rogers, who played Trapper John in "M*A*S*H (1972)," turned down the role because he did not want to play a doctor again on television. (He later played a doctor on the television show "House Calls (1979)," itself a spinoff of a movie, "House Calls (1978).") See more »

Quotes

[As a very attractive, young female nurse walks past.]
Doctor "Trapper John" McIntyre: That's the kind of thing that makes me wish I was 20 years younger.
Doctor. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates: Me, too.
[Trapper gives Gonzo an odd look.]
Doctor. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates: I'd be 7 years old and these things wouldn't bother me.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

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A decent series; pretty good for its time
23 May 2020 | by shaksprynSee all my reviews

Not a bad show, but not a great one, either. It's one of the many old series for which there is no dvd set, and so the memory of it will continue to fade, as is true for so many old TV shows. The cast all did a decent job. Pernell Roberts was the gruff and wise leader, and Gregory Harrison and Brian Stokes Mitchell were the handsome young doctors. I watched it sometimes during its original run. For me, the drawback to the show was that none of the characters were of compelling interest. Compare this show to Quincy, MD with Jack Klugman. Just watching Klugman in any scene was entertaining, in a way that Pernell Roberts did not achieve, for me. I seem to recall--this is about 40 years later!--that he was often blowing his top with righteous indignation. The show seemed rather too heavy for my taste; not enough light moments. Most old TV shows don't rise to classic status. This one included. Anyway, it's long gone now, and seems almost totally forgotten.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Trapper John, M.D. See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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(150 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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4:3
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