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.

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Series cast summary:
...  Julia Baker 86 episodes, 1968-1971
...  Dr. Morton Chegley / ... 86 episodes, 1968-1971
Marc Copage ...  Corey Baker 86 episodes, 1968-1971
Michael Link ...  Earl J. Waggedorn / ... 81 episodes, 1968-1971
Betty Beaird ...  Marie Waggedorn 70 episodes, 1968-1971
...  Hannah Yarby / ... 48 episodes, 1968-1970
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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.

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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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17 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Mama's Man  »

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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 »

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Corey: Gee, you're big. Are you a football player?
Jordan Hayes: No, I'm an actor.
Corey: That's too bad.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Van Morrison (1978) See more »

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Life changing.
17 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I was born white in 1963 in a WASP neighborhood in Indiana. But I remembered this show when they came out recently with the new "Nurse" shows--Nurse Jackie and HawthoRNe. I looked it up b/c I couldn't remember the star's name and I was telling a friend about it at work. But I remembered this show that I watched when I was all of 5 years old. Because it mattered. And even then, it pulled me toward where I am now. I have been an RN since 1984, and now work as a nurse practitioner. I am proud to be a nurse. I cried when Obama won the election, because I felt like it was a win for MY side. A huge win--and this show was part of that, the beginnings. I am proud that I have been a part of the "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." generations. That what we have all worked toward is the equality, not just of black and white but of everyone. That we all have value that deserves to be heard and witnessed equally. And I think the fact that this rather brave for the time show (and actress) was able to influence the 5 year old white child of an Alabama bigot to spend a lifetime in the same line of service to others says a hell of a lot about its "epochal" effects on the minds and people of that time. Even today, I think I'd rather be "Julia" than "Jackie". I would feel more respectable. Thank you Ms Carroll and company. You made a difference. I hope today's shows can stand up to the same test. We need nurses, and we need people who cross the lines.


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