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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
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A very good medical drama ,hard to believe it first aired 30 years ago.
i have caught some of it on youtube including the pilot and it was nice
to see the handsome pernell roberts as trapper john. Gregory Harrison
as Dr Gonzo Gates also starred - his farewell episode in the last
season had to be one of the best episodes I've seen on TV. What I liked
most about TRAPPER JOHN MD was how it differed from the other lame
M*A*S*H spinoffs. We had AFTERMASH and WALTER -both terrible in the
fact that the main characters were taken out of their element and put
into stupid generic situations played for laughs with the only reason
of getting high ratings due to the popularity of MASH. WALTER didn't
even last beyond the pilot and AFTERMASH was done a year later. TRAPPER
JOHN MD however worked because it was straight drama with good writing.
They had serious situations and real emotion on the show. There would
be some laughs and a joke here and there but it was not sitcom type
crap ,it was done more to show that these people were human and had a
sense of humor and needed to laugh amongst the stress. Especially
Trapper who had to hold everything together while keeping his emotions
in check. Gonzo also was a great character especially in the pilot
where he just takes over in the emergency room.
It's a shame that the show only lasted 7 seasons. Harrison left midway
through that last season because he was just tired of the show and then
it only lasted 9 more episodes. There was no finale type to that final
episode , it was just another regular episode. I do hope they air it in
syndication again soon as I enjoy watching the reruns.
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