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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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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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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 »


Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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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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