China Beach (1988–1991)

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A drama series set at an American base during the Vietnam War. Rather than focusing on the battle scenes that made up most other portrayals of the war, this show looked at the everyday ... See full summary »

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 Colleen McMurphy (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Pvt. Samuel Beckett (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Dr. Dick Richard (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Maj. Lila Garreau (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 K.C. Kolowski (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Cpl. Boonie Lanier (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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A drama series set at an American base during the Vietnam War. Rather than focusing on the battle scenes that made up most other portrayals of the war, this show looked at the everyday lives of the people sent to serve their country. The doctors, nurses, soldiers and even USO entertainers stationed at the base must try to come to terms with the horrors and stresses of the war around them. Not all of them succeed. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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26 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Playa de China  »

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

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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 »

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Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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Reflections
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Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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One-Of-A-Kind Program; Regrets Missing the First Run
1 May 2001 | by (Louisiana Tech University) – See all my reviews

I didn't pay attention to this show when it first ran on ABC (or its second run when it came on Lifetime), but when I learned that it was about the Vietnam Conflict, I tuned in to the 48-Hour Crash-Course Marathon on TV Land. I was so impressed by watching only a couple of episodes that I ran out and bought enough tapes to record all of 'em. Though TV Land only ran the first season, our local WB affiliate carried the remaining seasons, and I have all but seven episodes and the movie pilot...

Dana Delany was completely awesome in her role. Even in the less-critically acclaimed seasons (the ones that talked about the characters once they left Vietnam), she was into her role and made the viewers feel her emotions.

And goodness, the cameos! It seems like damn-near everyone from "Full Metal Jacket" made a cameo in this series! R. Lee Ermey and Dorian Harewood (GySgt Hartman and Eightball) come to mind. Vivica Fox, Judge Reinhold, Tim Ryan, Kim Wayans, and Kathy Bates also come to mind...

This show ruled! Still does! **** out of ****


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