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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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 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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

23 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres de blanco See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(150 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Mary McCarty died during the hiatus between the first and second seasons, her absence was explained by having her character get married and move away. See more »

Quotes

Doctor "Trapper John" McIntyre: Well, it's the money that counts, not the thought.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

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Shared war experience
21 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Medical dramas never go out of style. There's one or two for every generation from Drs Kildare and Christian on the big screen to House in this new 21st century. A really good one debuted in 1979 with its lead character borrowed from another medical drama that was on both the big screen and the small. MASH's Trapper John character left the show in the middle of its run and then popped up in his own series almost thirty years after war service in Korea. And of course Wayne Rogers became Pernell Roberts.

I'm sure I'll hear from someone who will know the answer. But I don't ever recall why Dr. John McIntyre was ever given the nickname of Trapper. Not on MASH and not on Trapper John. But apparently it is the culture to give medical personnel who did war service nicknames. Trapper's protégé Gregory Harrison was Gonzo, Brian Mitchell was Jackpot and in that very first season nurse Mary McCarty was Starch. Sadly McCarty died right after the first season. She was replaced by Madge Sinclair as a senior nurse on the show. Sad that she died, she had an interesting character developing.

The shared war experience between Roberts and Harrison is a lot of what drove the show. These two had a bond that no one else had and the others in the show knew and respected it. Other than a mention of Hawkeye and Radar in the pilot episode there was no reference at all to MASH. Both Trapper and Gonzo had a lot of contemporary medical issues to deal with to wax nostalgic about their wars neither of which was anything glorious.

Roberts of course was Adam Cartwright in Bonanza and he left mid point in that show, dissatisfied with his character's development and the trend of the show. No complaints about him were ever uttered about Trapper John. What I always found interesting was that Roberts who was a good guy in both of his successful television series played some really bad dudes on the big screen and small in between. A tribute to him as an actor.

Trapper John, MD always stood on its own as a medical series with no reference to MASH. Had there not been a connection it still was fine television drama.


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