1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (USA)
31 x 30 minute episodes
Doc Joe Bogert (Barnard Hughes) is a real family country town type doctor, practising from a surgery in the ground floor of his home in a modest and rundown New York City neighbourhood.
He’s the kind of general practitioner who gets involved with the lives of his patients the old-fashioned way, starting off treating them with concern and understanding and only getting to the pills and bills occasionally.
His loyal but sometimes caustic nurse/receptionist, Miss Tully (Mary Wickes), adds fun.
Away from his patients, Doc spends his time with longtime wife Annie (Elizabeth Wilson), married daughter Laurie (Judith Kahan), and fussy son-in-law Fred (John Harkins), and hanging out with his pal Happy (Irwin Corey), a confusing but amusing cab driver whose hypochondriac tendencies make him Doc’s perennial patient.
The first season ran for 25 half-hour episodes.
In the second season (of six episodes), Doc’s wife, daughter and son-in-law were lopped from the show by CBS and Joe (now a widower) was now the (only) resident physician at the free Westside Community Clinic.
Most of the production staff, including writers and directors, were also replaced.
Nurse Tully remained, and new regulars included Lisa Mordente as receptionist Teresa Ortega, David Ogden Stiers as Stanley Moss (the director of the clinic), and Ray Vitte as Dr Woody Henderson.
Dr Joe ‘Doc’ Bogert
Nurse Beatrice Tully
Laurie Bogert Fenner
David Ogden Stiers
Dr Woody Henderson