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Doctors' Hospital is an American medical drama that ran on NBC during the 1975–1976 season.[1]

Doctors' Hospital
GenreMedical drama
Created byJames E. Moser
StarringGeorge Peppard
Opening themeDon Ellis
Composer(s)Don Ellis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Matthew Rapf
Producer(s)Jack Laird
CinematographyIsidore Mankofsky
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1975 (1975-09-10) –
January 14, 1976 (1976-01-14)


The series follows the neurosurgery team at the fictional Lowell Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, led by Dr. Jake Goodwin (George Peppard) and his staff, including residents Norah Purcell (Zohra Lampert), and Felipe Ortega (Victor Campos), and nurse Hestor Stanton (Adrian Ricard). Other cast members included John Larroquette and John Pleshette. Toward the end of the season, Peppard announced that he did not wish to continue in his role on the series. Producers reportedly wanted to retool the series and make Lampert's character the central figure, but NBC did not feel the actress had the name recognition to carry the show (despite the fact that she had just won an Emmy for a guest appearance on an episode of Kojak), and decided to cancel the series.[2]

Though it lasted only one season, the series was noted for injecting a sense of realism not otherwise seen in medical shows of the day (e.g. Marcus Welby, M.D., Ben Casey). It has often been cited as setting a tone that later shows like St. Elsewhere, ER, and Chicago Hope would expand on.


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1985). Encyclopedia of Television: 1974-1984. VNR AG. p. 114. ISBN 9780918432612. Retrieved September 13, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Garfinkel, Perry (February 24, 2002). "Television/Radio; As Doctors on TV, Women Still Battle The Old Clichés". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017.

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