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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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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
...  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
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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 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 | History | War

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26 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Kineska plaža  »

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(60 episodes) | (pilot) | (series finale)

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1.33 : 1
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The run of this show overlapped with the run of the NBC series Quantum Leap. Both programs featured a main character named "Samuel Beckett"--a name that is most associated with the Irish playwright ("Waiting for Godot," "Endgame," "Happy Days") and novelist who is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Reflections
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Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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in need of series DVD
19 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

China Beach was a great show and I can't believe that the series has not been put on DVD. We can get so many shows that are mediocre with no problem. I hope the executives realize what a gem they have and release it for everyone to see.

I watched this show when I was in middle school and high school. I would love to be able to watch it again as an adult, and as a history teacher. I know that much of it is not realistic, but there is no denying the emotion. There were so many scenes that just pulled at your heart.

I hope soon we will be able to enjoy the entire series on DVD.


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