Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Creator:

Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   1961  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The dramatic relationship between a young medical intern and his surgeon mentor.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Lee Kurty
The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo
Mod Squad (1968–1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police. (One white man, one black man, one blonde woman.)

Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton
Medical Center (1969–1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Located in the Los Angeles area, Medical Center was an otherwise unnamed hospital complex that was part of a large university campus. Dr. Paul Lochner was the chief of staff, an experienced... See full summary »

Stars: James Daly, Chad Everett, Chris Hutson
Ironside (1967–1975)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell
77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

Stars: Edd Byrnes, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith
Route 66 (1960–1964)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The adventures of two young drifters across America.

Stars: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.

Stars: Debbi Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
Sky King (1951–1962)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King" was the familiar opening to television's premier aviation program. Operating from his Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, Sky King,... See full summary »

Stars: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, Ewing Mitchell
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktorlar  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(153 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ben Casey was based on real-life neurosurgeon Dr. Allan "Max" Warner. Dr. Warner later changed his specialty to psychiatry, because he believed that his association with the show prevented him from being a board certified neurologist. See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration.]
Narrator: Man... woman... birth... death... infinity.
See more »

Connections

Followed by The Return of Ben Casey (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Casey and Kildare
3 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare were exact contemporaries, both doctor shows that began and ended in the same season and were the most talked about shows on TV when they debuted in 1961. People were always making comparisons between them and here is mine.

One difference is that Casey was a resident, a full fledged doctor on staff at a hospital and a very prominent neurosurgeon. Kildare was an intern, a beginning doctor still learning the profession. If Kildare had been at the same hospital as Casey, Ben would have been bossing him around and making his life miserable.

A bigger difference was what they represented. Kildare was a symbol of the early 1960's. We were a very proud and optimistic country at that time. We'd survived the depression, won the war, had the communists on the defensive and were beginning to explore space. Social changes were taking place as well. if we were going to be the Greatest Country in the World, how could we have poverty and injustice? We tended to look at our government and institutions as benevolent servants of the people. There were several shows from this period, (Naked City, The Defenders, Mr. Novak were others), where handsome young idealistic novices entered a profession to be guided by their wise, patient but firm elders in becoming instruments of the system. The big challenge was getting people to trust the system by not committing crimes, studying hard and taking their pills. And of course, it's hard to look at the young men in these shows, (Richard Chamberlain, James Franciscus, Paul Burke, Robert Reed), and not see our youthful, idealistic president of the time, John Kennedy.

Casey was a precursor of the late 1960's. To him, the system was a monolith that existed for its own purposes and on its own momentum. You had to wrestle with it and with the mediocrity around you to get things done. Casey had a mentor as well, but Dr. Zorba often appeared to be more of a matador than a mentor, trying to tame Ben Casey, as he always called him, with a red cape and a sharp needle to puncture his ego from time to time.

I'd rather wake up from surgery and see Dr. Kildare's smiling face. But I'd be more likely to survive if it was Ben Casey who had done the surgery.


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial