MDs (TV series)

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MDs
MDs TV Logo.jpg
Created by Gary Tieche
Starring William Fichtner
Jane Lynch
John Hannah
Leslie Stefanson
Aunjanue Ellis
Michaela Conlin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (ordered)
8 (aired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gary Tieche
Running time 44 min.
Production company(s) Marc Platt Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Touchstone Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1080p (HDTV)
Original run September 25 – December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)


MDs (Medical Doctors) was a TV show that aired on ABC in 2002. It starred William Fichtner as Dr. Bruce Kellerman, Jane Lynch as Aileen Poole, and John Hannah as Dr. Robert Dalgety. The series only lasted one season, and though 11 episodes were filmed, only 8 were ever aired. The series was never released on DVD and it is very hard to find. The only known full length episodes of "MDs" can be found on YouTube. MDs was written and created by Gary Tieche.

Dr. Robert Dalgety, a dedicated and brilliant general surgeon, and Dr. Bruce Kellerman, head of cardiothoracic surgery, are two renegade surgeons working together in a megasized, megafrugal, aging HMO. With the help of Dr. Quinn Joyner and Dr. Maggie Yang, they buck the system any way they can in pursuit of the care patients need and deserve. On the opposing team are Shelly Pangborn, the new hospital administrator, and assistant hospital administrator, Frank Coones. Together with Nurse "Doctor" Poole, they are more concerned with the bottom line than patients' health.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original Air date Production
code
Ratings
(rating/share)
Viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Time of Death" Michael Hoffman Gary Tieche September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) H230 5.3/9[1] 7.8[1]
In the opener, Kellerman and Dalgety rope intern Maggie Yang into helping them treat an uninsured patient. Meanwhile, Mission's new administrator gets off to a rough start; and a heart patient refuses to undergo surgery that could save his life.
2 2 "A La Casa" Michael M. Robin Rene Echevarria &
Jonathan R. Hiatt
October 2, 2002 (2002-10-02) H231 4.8/8[1] 6.9[1]
When Pangborn allows an ER-set TV show to film at Mission, Kellerman gets in on the act to snag some much-needed medical equipment being used as props. Meanwhile, Quinn and Maggie square off over the treatment of a stroke patient; and Dalgety's fling with a staffer lands him in hot water after it begins to look like a case of sexual harassment.
3 3 "Open Heart" Rick Rosenthal Todd Ellis Kessler October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) H233 4.4/7[1] 6.4[1]
A car crashes into a group of people at a bus stop outside Mission General. Kellerman has problems with his superstitions while doing open-heart surgery on a Buddhist dignitary. Gina places a sacred charm in the hands of a patient recently pulled off life support.
4 4 "Heartland" Dan Lerner Jonathan R. Hiatt October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) H234 4.2/7[1] 6.1[1]
Kellerman and Dalgety are flown to Vegas by Dr. (Wiseguy) Wiseman in hazardous weather as they try to get a heart to a transplant recipient before the heart 'expires'. Maggie Yang faces the consequenses when she rejects the advances of Dr. Posner. Donge reveals amorous feelings for Nurse Poole.
5 5 "Cruel and Unusual" Vondie Curtis Hall Sharon Lee Watson October 23, 2002 (2002-10-23) H236 4.3/7[1] 6.2[1]
Dalgety and Maggie Yang try to sabotage Donge's latest moneymaking scheme which involves a "virtual doctor" who prescribes treatments for patients via email only. And two transplant candidates -- a death row prisoner and a private citizen -- both need the same heart to survive.
6 6 "R.I.P." Peter Horton Robert Doherty October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) H235 4.5/8[1] 6.6[1]
Maggie is spooked at Halloween after reading about a spate of murders that took place 50 years ago, and a hospital administrator is arrested following an altercation over a parking space. Joyner uncharacteristically joins forces with Kellerman to perform emergency surgery to save the life of a mother and her unborn child, while Dalgety tries to help the distressed girlfriend of a recently deceased patient.
7 7 "Wing and a Prayer" Vince Misiano Joan Rater &
Tony Phelan
December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04) H241 5.4/9[1] 7.6[1]
Maggie Yang treats a female blues singer for a condition that could end her career; a patient with "wings" seems to have the power to heal other patients by his touch; and a beloved hospital volunteer is in critical condition after being shot by burglars. Meanwhile, when a patient is caught smoking a marijuana cigarette, Nurse Poole is determined to find the source; the hospital brass search for an escaped monkey; and Dalgety performs an unauthorized surgery on an illegal alien who could be deported if caught.
8 8 "Reversal of Fortune" Peter O'Fallon David Schulner December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) H237 3.3/5[1] 4.7[1]
A man who refuses surgery because he thinks he is a space alien sorely tries Dalgety's patience. Meanwhile, Donge plots to become the new chief hospital administrator -- but collapses from a weak heart -- a wife seems strangely indifferent to her husband's life-threatening surgery, and Kellerman is angry when he finds out his ex-wife is pregnant.
9 9 "Family Secrets" N/A N/A Unaired Episode H238 N/A N/A
When a Christmastime baby is found abandoned in the hospital parking lot, Dr. Joyner quickly grows attached; Dalgety tries to save a homeless man who was stabbed in the hospital waiting room; authorities bring dozens of homeless people to Mission General to "clean up the parks;" and Kellerman assists in surgery with a seductive female physician who was once his lover.
10 10 "Connective Tissue" N/A N/A Unaired Episode H232 N/A N/A
11 11 "Risk Management" N/A N/A Unaired Episode H240 N/A N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Cinematographer Robert Primes won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series from the American Society of Cinematographers for the seventh episode: "Wing and a Prayer".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Episode List: MDs". Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "17th Annual ASC Awards – 2002". American Society of Cinematographers. Retrieved July 19, 2011.

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