IMDb > "Trapper John, M.D." (1979)
"Trapper John, M.D."
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany creditsepisode listepisodes castepisode ratings... by rating... by votes
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsmessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summaryplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"Trapper John, M.D." (1979) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1979-1986

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   863 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Don Brinkley (developed for television by)
Frank Glicksman (developed for television by)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Trapper John, M.D. on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
23 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The Korean War MASH unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues. Full summary »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Shared war experience See more (5 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 244)

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 Brancusi R. N. / ... (132 episodes, 1979-1985)

Madge Sinclair ... Ernestine Shoop, R. N. / ... (129 episodes, 1980-1986)
Chris Hutson ... Nurse / ... (102 episodes, 1981-1986)
Simon Scott ... Arnold Slocum (83 episodes, 1979-1985)
(more)

Series Directed by
Michael Caffey (32 episodes, 1981-1986)
Earl Bellamy (18 episodes, 1982-1985)
Bernard McEveety (15 episodes, 1979-1983)
Barry Crane (9 episodes, 1979-1982)
Seymour Robbie (9 episodes, 1980-1982)
Leo Penn (9 episodes, 1982-1985)
Joseph Pevney (8 episodes, 1979-1985)
Charles Siebert (7 episodes, 1982-1986)
Gregory Harrison (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
Robert Douglas (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bob Sweeney (4 episodes, 1981-1985)
Alex March (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Murray Golden (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Vincent Sherman (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jeff Bleckner (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Howard Morris (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Victor Lobl (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Writing credits
Don Brinkley (151 episodes, 1979-1986)
Frank Glicksman (151 episodes, 1979-1986)
Deborah Zoe Dawson (25 episodes, 1979-1986)
Victoria Johns (25 episodes, 1979-1986)
John Whelpley (20 episodes, 1981-1986)
Jeff Stuart (15 episodes, 1980-1984)
Nancy Bond (11 episodes, 1982-1986)
Kimmer Ringwald (11 episodes, 1984-1986)
Barry Pollack (7 episodes, 1983-1986)
Charles Larson (5 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jack Guss (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Deborah Gilliland (4 episodes, 1982-1985)
Robert Sonntag (4 episodes, 1982-1985)
Betty Goldberg (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Milt Rosen (3 episodes, 1981)
Phyllis Wapner (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kay Bender (3 episodes, 1982)
Jeffrey Ferro (3 episodes, 1982)
Robert M. Young (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Gene O'Neill (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Noreen Tobin (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Rogers (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
Ray Brenner (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Shimon Wincelberg (2 episodes, 1979)
Kenneth Berg (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
James Fritzhand (2 episodes, 1981)
Phil Alden Robinson (2 episodes, 1981)
Emilie R. Small (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
Garn Stephens (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
J. Miyoko Hensley (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Steven Hensley (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Robert Bielak (2 episodes, 1983)
John Breckfield (2 episodes, 1984-1986)
Holly Durham (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Greg Thorneycroft (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carl Sautter (2 episodes, 1985)

Richard Hooker (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jack Sonntag .... associate producer (150 episodes, 1979-1986)
Don Brinkley .... producer / executive producer (149 episodes, 1979-1986)
Frank Glicksman .... executive producer / producer (109 episodes, 1979-1984)
Deborah Zoe Dawson .... producer (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
Victoria Johns .... producer (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
 
Series Original Music by
John Carl Parker (139 episodes, 1979-1986)
Dennis McCarthy (4 episodes, 1986)
Brian Stokes Mitchell (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Nan Schwartz (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (112 episodes, 1979-1985)
Bradley B. Six (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Charles R. Young (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Brianne Murphy (2 episodes, 1981)
Herb Pearl (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jack Kampschroer (45 episodes, 1979-1986)
Michael McCroskey (40 episodes, 1979-1986)
John McSweeney Jr. (40 episodes, 1980-1986)
Irving Rosenblum (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Harry V. Knapp (2 episodes, 1980)
Virginia Olah (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (146 episodes, 1979-1986)
Barbara Baldavin (38 episodes, 1984-1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Marvin Summerfield (149 episodes, 1979-1986)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Bruce Kay (61 episodes, 1980-1983)
John Told (43 episodes, 1983-1985)
James Hassinger (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Don Greenwood Jr. (17 episodes, 1979-1980)
Carl Biddiscombe (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair department head (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Production Management
Mark Evans .... executive production manager (149 episodes, 1979-1986)
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor (132 episodes, 1979-1985)
Jack Sonntag .... production manager (111 episodes, 1979-1985)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... unit production manager (25 episodes, 1985-1986)
Skip Lusk .... post-production supervisor (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jack Oliver .... unit production manager (8 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... first assistant director (60 episodes, 1979-1985)
Robert Sonntag .... second assistant director / first assistant director (60 episodes, 1982-1986)
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (34 episodes, 1982-1986)
Ron Kinwald .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Cosentino .... second assistant director (21 episodes, 1979-1980)
Chip Chalmers .... second assistant director (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Buck Edwards .... second assistant director (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
John Morrison .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1979-1981)
Richard Bremerkamp .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1981-1982)
Sol Gordon .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1981-1984)
Jack Doran .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
Russ Harling .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Art Department
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman (26 episodes, 1982)

Allan Gordon .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
John Kline .... sound editor (1 episode, 1979)
Charles J. Bond .... boom operator (1 episode, 1985)

Herman Lewis .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Ron Meredith .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (22 episodes, 1983-1984)

Owen Marsh .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1984-1985)
Curtis Foster .... best boy (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Barbara Baldavin .... casting associate / casting (62 episodes, 1981-1984)
C.J. Lyons .... casting associate (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joni Newell .... casting associate (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Music Department
Lionel Newman .... music supervision (145 episodes, 1979-1986)
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (11 episodes, 1981-1986)
Ron S. Herbes .... music apprentice (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (150 episodes, 1979-1986)
Deborah Zoe Dawson .... executive story consultant / story editor (107 episodes, 1979-1984)
Victoria Johns .... executive story consultant / story editor (107 episodes, 1979-1984)
John Whelpley .... story editor / executive story editor / ... (70 episodes, 1983-1986)
Jeff Stuart .... story consultant / story editor (51 episodes, 1982-1984)
Chris Hutson .... technical advisor / medical advisor (40 episodes, 1979-1981)
Kimmer Ringwald .... story editor / executive story editor (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
Jack Guss .... story supervisor / story editor (23 episodes, 1980-1982)
Nancy Bond .... story editor (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kay Bender .... story editor (8 episodes, 1982)
Barbara Avedon .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981)
Christopher Haun .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981)

Robert Gary .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Frank Glicksman .... in loving memory (1 episode, 1984)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
60 min (150 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the course of the show, Trapper drove three different cars: 1978 Mazda RX-7, 1980 Dodge Mirada CMX-360, 1983 Cadillac SeVille.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor "Trapper John" McIntyre:Well, it's the money that counts, not the thought.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.197" (2006)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Shared war experience, 21 June 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Trapper John, M.D." (1979)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Hawkeye's death? saginaw1
if you want to see trapper John MD nurselynnb
YouTube has full episodes of 'TJMD'! bmasters1
Casting For This Show TrapandHawksBaby
TJMD title sequence bmasters1
help identifying episodes? magnetox1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
"M*A*S*H" MASH The Manchurian Candidate Death Wish Outbreak
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
IMDb TV section IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button