China Beach (1988–1991)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Colleen McMurphy (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Pvt. Samuel Beckett (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Dr. Dick Richard (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Maj. Lila Garreau (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
 K.C. Kolowski (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Brian Wimmer ...
 Cpl. Boonie Lanier (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
 Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ...
 Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
 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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1.33 : 1
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Troy Evans was actually a Vietnan veteran. During a reunion on Good Morning America he stated the show gave him a sense of closure. 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 »


Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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Referenced in Napoleon Dynamite: Scantronica Love (2012) See more »


Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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One of the best shows created for TV
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dana Delaney's "McMurphy" (the principal character) is complex, captivating, beautiful and sexy. The entire cast is outstanding, right down to the extras. The scripts and story lines are gripping and move the viewer from one emotion to another, moment to moment. Issues great and small are addressed in each episode and characters are well-developed and allowed to grow and change throughout the series. One particularly outstanding and unique episode is built around interviews with nurses who actually served in Viet Nam, including the nurse who was the model for the McMurphy character. These interviews are coupled with scenes from the series that illustrate the interviews. It is one of my fondest hopes that the entire series will finally be released on DVD.

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