Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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 Julia Baker (86 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Dr. Morton Chegley / ... (86 episodes, 1968-1971)
Marc Copage ...
 Corey Baker (86 episodes, 1968-1971)
Michael Link ...
 Earl J. Waggedorn / ... (81 episodes, 1968-1971)
Betty Beaird ...
 Marie Waggedorn (70 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Hannah Yarby / ... (48 episodes, 1968-1970)
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Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

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Diahann Carroll is a nurse with two men in her life - her boss (a cranky but lovable M.D.) and her six year old son. Premiere. (season 1)

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17 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Mama's Man  »

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First TV series starring an African American woman in a professional, non-stereotypical role. (The first TV series starring a black woman was Beulah (1950), variously starring Ethel Waters, Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers and Amanda Randolph, in the title role as a comic maid.) See more »

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Julia Baker: The last time I went on a blind date, I got stuck with the check.
Marie Waggedorn: Well the last time I went out on one, I got stuck with a husband.
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Epochal
26 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Just for the record, no one seems to have commented on the social importance of this show. It was the first television series to star a black woman. (And one of the few of its time to star any black actor or actress.) It was also important in that it did not play to stereotypes of of the role of black women, let alone single black mothers. Julia was a successful single parent with a career as a nurse at a major hospital where she was respected.

As I recall, while her race was not ignored, it was not the crux of the program.

The content of the show was not terribly exciting, but the matter-of-fact way in which Julia's middle-class life was portrayed was a major step forward for television. In a sense, the somewhat bland quality of many of the episodes was a de facto recognition of the fact that the day-to-day lives and concerns of most people (even fictional TV people) don't really differ based on external factors like race.


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