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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »





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Nancy Giles ...
 Sgt. Pepper / ... 28 episodes, 1989-1991


Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen Mc Murphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, in the forms of nurses, warriors, Donut Dollies, lifeguards, politicians, USO entertainers, Chopper Chicks, doctors, officers and enlisted men, brothers and sisters, Kool-Aid Kids, orderlies, medics, morticians, Army brass and one hostile prostitute named K.C. try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | War





Release Date:

26 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kineska plaža  »

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(60 episodes) | (pilot) | (series finale)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Several of the story lines and even some of the dialog were taken directly from the experiences and recollections of actual Vietnam era military nurses. See more »


McMurphy's pilot boyfriend is a Captain (wearing two silver bars on each shoulder) and has Command Pilot wings on his flight suit name tag (pilot's wings with a star surrounded by a wreath). To earn Command Pilot wings you have to be a rated pilot for 15 years and have 3,000 hours of flight time. No pilot in the USAF would be a rated pilot for 15 years and amass 3,000 flying hours and still be a Captain. Besides, assuming he graduated college at age 22 and flight training at 23, and then flew for 15 years he would be 38 years old. Clearly he isn't that old. [See Wikipedia article on "U.S. Air Force aeronautical rating" for rating criteria] See more »


Dr. Dick Richard: You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.
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Featured in The Larry Sanders Show: The Breakdown: Part 2 (1993) See more »


Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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They don't make 'em like they used to
5 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although I'm a 25 year old Israeli guy, born after the Vietnam war was over, and halfway around the world, this series touched me in a way most dramas didn't. Perhaps it was Dana Delaney's excellent dramatic acting, or the music, or any of the wonderful features of the talented crew that made this beautiful series possible, but I get the feeling that although I like new drama series like ER or The West Wing, I feel that John Wells has learned well, but not enough. China Beach had a certain something that other drama series did not. I'm no expert, so I can't put my finger on it, but whatever it was, I haven't seen it since, and I suspect I'll never see it again.

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