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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 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)
Brian Wimmer ...
 Cpl. Boonie Lanier (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ...
 Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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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 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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Dr. Dick Richard: You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.46 (2009) See more »

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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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Possibly the best TV show of all time - Colleen, will you marry me?
29 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been reliving "China Beach" the past year or so on cable TV, and I must say, the experience has been just as moving the second time around. I cannot speak of "China Beach" without using superlatives: 1) My all-time favorite TV show; 2) Easily the most underrated TV show ever; 3) The all-time best performance by an actress in TV history (Dana Delaney as Colleen); 4) The most nuanced, complex, intimate and believable development of a TV character in history (again, Dana as Colleen); 5) The three most loaded, gut-wrenching, revealing, and well-acted words ever uttered by a TV character {"Don't 'Colleen' me!" by you-know-who). Of course, there were many other great performances on the show, and the subject matter has never been so intimately portrayed. However, Dana's performance will haunt my soul forever.


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