Medical Center (1969–1976)
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The Fourth Sex: Part 1 

Dr. Gannon is astounded when a world-famous surgeon asks for gender reassignment surgery.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Frank Glicksman (created by), Al C. Ward (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode credited cast:
Chad Everett ... Dr. Joe Gannon
James Daly ... Dr. Paul Lochner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Cole ... Skip
Gary Frank ... Steve
Lew Gallo ... Dr. Cabe
Salome Jens ... Heather Caddison
Britt Lind ... Nurse Toni (as Brit Lind)
Nancy Morgan
Alan Oppenheimer ... Dr. Danfield
Robert Reed ... Dr. Pat Caddison
Louise Sorel ... Jessica
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... Talking Orderly
Audrey Totter ... Nurse Wilcox
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Dr. Gannon is astounded when a world-famous surgeon asks for gender reassignment surgery.

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The producers were so impressed with the idea to explore transgender people that the episode became a two-parter so the subject matter could be fully explored. See more »

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The Reinvention of Robert Reed
10 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Television has loved medical shows from Richard Boone in Medic to George Clooney in ER. You can't name one that never had a decent run on television or gave us some top drama.

One of the very best was the two part season opener of the 1975 fall season. One of the hospital staff, married with a wife and teenage son, has decided to no longer submerge his true self. Robert Reed, a closeted gay man in real life ironically enough, plays the doctor. Needless to say his decision to have Sexual Reassignment Surgery causes a jolt among family, friends, and colleagues.

Gay/Lesbian issues were rarely talked about in those days, gay rights as an issue was finally getting introduced in various legislative arenas in the country during the Seventies. Transgender people were totally off everyone's radar.

I remember the episode to this day, but I've told any number of transgender friends who've in fact never heard of it. For myself I keep hoping that the TV Guide Channel will pick up Medical Center so that people can see this episode and the following one.

Maybe they will some day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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