Kay O'Brien

Kay O'Brien is an American medical drama television series set at fictional Manhattan General Hospital, which aired for one season on CBS from September 25 to November 13, 1986, during the 1986-87 television season.

Kay O'Brien
GenreMedical Drama
Created byBrad Markowitz
Bryce Zabel
William Asher
StarringPatricia Kalember
Brian Benben
Jan Rubeš
Lane Smith
Priscilla Lopez
Composer(s)Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)William Asher
Producer(s)Peter Katz
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Asher-Whitehead Productions
Orion Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 25 (1986-09-25) –
November 13, 1986 (1986-11-13)


The series stars Patricia Kalember as Dr. Kay "Kayo" O'Brien. CBS had high hopes for this multi-racial medical drama, but it received low ratings and was cancelled after airing just 8 episodes.

Lifetime bought the rights to the entire series, and has occasionally aired all 12 episodes.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Kayo to Call"TBATBASeptember 25, 1986 (1986-09-25)
A second-year surgical resident deals with patients and staff at a Manhattan hospital.
2"Don't Bother Kayo It's Chinatown"TBATBAOctober 2, 1986 (1986-10-02)
A Chinatown merchant is wounded in a shootout and needs a kidney transplant, and his brain-dead assailant may be the only suitable donor; Kayo's parents breeze into town.
3"Big Vacation"TBATBAOctober 9, 1986 (1986-10-09)
Kayo treats two emergency patients: a young woman who refuses surgery for religious reasons, and a terminally ill photojournalist who wants to get the most out of his remaining days.
4"Taking the Heat"TBATBAOctober 16, 1986 (1986-10-16)
Rosa spots a potential problem with a doctor's orders and Kayo later supports the doctor.
5"A Foreign Concept"TBATBAOctober 23, 1986 (1986-10-23)
Wallach's best friend suffers a mild stroke but insists he doesn't need to be hospitalized; misunderstandings abound with a Sri Lankan physician anxious to learn about American surgery techniques.
6"Lesson Learned"TBATBAOctober 30, 1986 (1986-10-30)
Kayo turns to an old friend for consolation after losing a patient; Cliff becomes the object of ridicule among his peers; Moffitt considers a position with another institution.
7"Princess of the City"TBATBANovember 6, 1986 (1986-11-06)
A wealthy suitor brings excitement to Kayo's social life, while a stern pediatrician frustrates her life at the hospital; a psychiatrist takes an unusual interest in Cliff's genes.
8"Dollars and Sense"TBATBANovember 13, 1986 (1986-11-13)
A street punk dukes it out with Doyle after the doctor insults his ailing mother; a male nurse learns there are drawbacks to dating Dr. O'Brien.
9"Behind Closed Doors"TBATBAUNAIRED
The ER is quarantined, which prevents Kayo from going to her sister's wedding, detains Doyle's accountant and jeopardizes a sick runaway.
10"Wreck the Halls"TBATBAUNAIRED
A department-store explosion creates a major disaster as patients are rushed to Manhattan General during the midst of the Christmas season.
11"Little White Lies"TBATBAUNAIRED
Cliff puts a patient's life at risk when, concentrating more on his social life than on work, he fails to prescribe an essential medication, and Kayo takes the blame.
Kayo faces a dilemma in obstetrics: whether to save the life of her patient or the patient's unborn child.

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