China Beach: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (26 Apr. 1988)

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Pilot for the TV series introduces the people of the 510th Evac Hospital at China Beach Vietnam, 1967 who include cool but callous Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, naive Red Cross newcomer ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nan Woods ...
Tim Ryan ...
Brian Wimmer ...
Ambassador at Large Roland Weymouth
Bobby Hosea ...
Pvt. Elroy
Elliott Endicott
Christopher Michael Moore ...
Dr. Dum


Pilot for the TV series introduces the people of the 510th Evac Hospital at China Beach Vietnam, 1967 who include cool but callous Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, naive Red Cross newcomer Cherry White, singer Laurette Barber, and cynical civilian worker/prostitute K.C. Koloski trying to deal with the horrors of war which are never far away from the base and dealing with their own individual lives. Written by Matthew Patay <>

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This episode takes place in November 1967. See more »


Cherry White: Who's that?
K.C. Koloski: The Ambassador at large, here to see how we're winning the war.
Cherry White: Are we?
K.C. Koloski: Would you believe what I told you?
Cherry White: Maybe.
K.C. Koloski: Would you believe what they told you?
Cherry White: Maybe not.
K.C. Koloski: [Chuckles] That's a start.
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Amazing TV--China Beach
10 November 2005 | by (Florida USA) – See all my reviews

China Beach was one of those rare television series that brilliantly carried the viewer on a wave of emotions from start to finish. My husband is a Viet Nam war vet and because of this television program I understood him much better and why he did and said some of the things he did when he came home.

The series was unique in that it told about the war, not from the soldiers point of view, but from the nurses. Though there are male characters that are integral to the series, it is the relationship between the nurses, the "doughnut dollies", and the resident "I'll do anything for money" call girl that develops into one of mutual respect that is so brilliantly and subtly done.

There are scenes that are unforgettable in almost every show. In fact there are far too many to even try to recount them here... but if you want to see truly amazing television the premiere episode is well worth purchasing and watching... The only risk is that it will leave you wanting to see more and unfortunately this is the only episode that has been recorded and offered for sale... Be prepared to laugh, cry, be haunted by the horrors of war, and encouraged by the resiliency of people in the most adverse and perverse of situations--war.

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