Show Type: Medical Drama
First Telecast: September 24, 1969
Last Telecast: September 6, 1976
Dr. Joe Gannon..... Chad Everett
Dr. Paul Lochner..... James Daly
Nurse Chambers (1969-1972)..... Jayne Meadows
Dr. Jeanne Bartlett (1969-1971)..... Corinne Camacho
Nurse Courtland..... Chris Hutson
Nurse Wilcox (1972-1976)..... Audrey Totter
Dr. Barnes (1970-1971)..... Fred Holliday
Nurse Murphy (1971-1972)..... Jane Dulo
Nurse Holmby (1971-1976)..... Barbara Baldavin
Nurse Canford..... Virginia Hawkins
Anesthesiologist (1969-1970)..... Daniel Silver
Dr. Weller (1970-1974)..... Eugene Peterson
Dr. Bricker (1970-1974)..... Ed Hall
Nurse Bascomb (1971-1973)..... Louise Fitch
Lieutenant Samuels (1971-1976)..... Martin E. Brooks
Located in Los Angeles, the Medical Center was an unnamed hospital complex that was part of a large university campus.
Dr. Paul Lochner, an experienced, professional, compassionate man, was the Chief of Staff. Dr. Joe Gannon was a young associate professor of surgery and close friend and colleague of Paul's.
At the start of the second season, Dr. Gannon took on the added responsibilities of director of the student health service. Several other doctors and nurses came and went in the cast. Miss Wilcox, the efficient head nurse, even achieved star billing in 1972!
The medical and personal stories of the doctors and their patients provided the drama in this series. In one episode, Paul's daughter (played by a very young Tyne Daly) showed up with a major illness and Joe had to perform the operation.
Gannon and Lochner were the epitamy of the youth vs. experience tension which seems to be a necessary element in every medical TV show. The elements worked here as Medical Center was the longest-running medical series in the history of prime-time TV - running for 7 years.
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