Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and...
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This "what-if" episode imagines what would happen in the event of a nuclear strike on Los Angeles. Dr. Styner and his colleagues are at a warehouse outside the city for a training session, but must ...
Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and heralded at the time for its sometimes unflinching look at the operations and medical procedures performed by doctors. Written by
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Actually, I'm surprised the series lasted as long as it did, two
seasons (1954-56). The trouble is the format aimed at realism at a time
when TV was new, and escapism was the prime-time norm. And not only did
episodes of Medic deal as realistically as possible with all manner of
medical problems, but the narratives were often highly literate. Thus,
demands were made on the audience, especially when real footage of an
operation was included. In short, it wasn't the kind of series you
relaxed with behind a TV-tray dinner. I suspect creator James Moser was
influenced by his early work on Dragnet (1951-59) and its effort at
police work realism.
To my knowledge, Medic has never been revived or re-run during the
intervening years. Now, happily, episodes are available on DVD, so
there's an opportunity for the series to reach cult status, which it
richly deserves. For example, high level drama is implicit in story
lines when serious medical problems are the topic. So there's little
need for contrivance in that regard. (Nonetheless, one entry deals with
teenage acne, hardly life-threatening, but a real adolescent problem at
the time. "When Mama Says Jump" 1956) Then too, I like the fact that
real doctors are often used, without need for a central hero, like a
Ben Casey or a Dr. Kildare. Rather, it's the medical profession as a
whole and not a personality that's elevated. Note too that actor
Boone's rather strong but homely appearance also promotes a sense of
reality and not Hollywood. Understandably, entries generally ended on
an upbeat note. Occasionally, however, a note of uncertainty would
creep into the ending, a further gesture to reality and a TV novelty at
Of course, what was cutting edge medicine in 1955 likely is no longer
so. In that sense, the show is somewhat dated. Still, the built-in
human drama remains as current now as it was then. Thanks be to creator
Moser for the bold gamble he took. It's one that certainly merits DVD
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