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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Dr. Dick Richard: You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.
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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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30 August 2001 | by (Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to everyone associated with this series. I have seen it before, and watching it again on The History Channel reminds me how important it was. I am a 36 year old American Male. Without this show I never would have had the desire to learn about Vietnam. The show inspired me to take on a bit of effort and learn some things for myself. It is sad that a television show had to inspire me to learn about my country's history. That my own country didn't care enough to teach me. I am so thankful for that knowledge. That knowledge has allowed me to speak to my uncles, bosses and others about the war and to be able to relate in general. I learned a lot. The most important things I learned: living an honest life; being true to one self; never taking life for granted; never, ever holding a grudge, and most of all compassion. Simple things. Little things. But oh so important. These things are no longer generally taught and are seldom seen.

I have introduced the show to my 15 year old nephew and hope he too will see some of things in the show I did. I hope he is inspired.

Thanks again!

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