1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (USA)
24 x 60 minute episodes
Inspired by a successful 1962 film of the same name, this CBS series debuted in September 1970 and followed five young interns working at the New North Hospital of Los Angeles under the supervision of the gruff Dr Peter Goldstone (Highway Patrol veteran Broderick Crawford).
Dr Gregg Pettit (Stephen Brooks) and Dr Pooch Hardin (Christopher Stone) were young swingers, while Dr Sam March (Mike Farrell) was newly married to Bobbe (Elaine Giftos). The other two interns were Dr Lydia Thorpe (Sandra Smith) and Dr Cal Barrin (Hal Frederick).
In the course of 24 episodes, the young doctors in training dealt with heroin addicts, wife beaters, mental patients and a cancer-stricken monk; faced a psychotic killer; survived a bomb attack on the hospital; were hit with lawsuits by disgruntled patients (including an acrobatic clown and a world billiards champion), and contracted the bubonic plague.
Guest stars included Frank Gorshin, Pete Duel, Diana Hyland, Meredith Baxter, Billy Dee Williams, Robert Lansing, Vincent Van Patten and Shelley Fabares.
When Dr March finished his internship, he shipped out to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War (well, Mike Farrell – pictured below – went on to appear as BJ Hunnicutt in the long-running CBS comedy series M*A*S*H).
Dr Greg Pettit
Dr Pooch Hardin
Dr Cal Barrin
Dr Sam Marsh
Dr Lydia Thorpe
Dr Peter Goldstone
Dr Hugh Jacoby
The Quality of Mercy | Death Wish | Some Things Don’t Change | An Afternoon in the Fall | Eyes of the Beholder | Miss Knock-A-Bout | The Price of Life | The Oath | Act of God | Mondays Can Be Fatal | The Fever | The Prisoners | Dancy | Changes | The Secret | Tasha | Metamorphosis | The Challenger | Casualty | Heart Trouble | The Guardian | The Manly Art | Castle of the Lion | The Choice