Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.
Diahann Carroll is a nurse with two men in her life - her boss (a cranky but lovable M.D.) and her six year old son. Premiere. (season 1)
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Throughout its run, the series drew positive reactions concerning its handling of race issues. In one memorable story line during the first series, the young precocious Earl J. Waggedorn politely asks Julia "What is it like to be colored?" Julia responds "Why don't you tell me?" After a short pause, Earl J. responds "But I'm not colored?" and Julia replies "Well, white is a color." While much of the dialog like most things in that time is out of step with shows from later years, this was the first prime time television show that even engaged in the discussion. Approaching his retirement, actor Lloyd Nolan said in a TV interview that, in retrospect, it was one of the roles of which he was most proud. See more
Gee, you're big. Are you a football player?
No, I'm an actor.
That's too bad.