Buck James

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Buck James
Created by Paul F. Edwards
Starring Dennis Weaver
Alberta Watson
Shannon Wilcox
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) TriStar Television
Original network ABC
Original release September 27, 1987 – May 5, 1988

Buck James is an American medical drama television series that aired from September 27, 1987 until May 5, 1988.


Buck James is a surgeon at a hospital in Texas who also has a passion for ranching.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot (a.k.a. Heart of Texas)" Rick Wallace Paul F. Edwards September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)
Buck's unmarried daughter returns, and he has to deal with hospital politics.
2 "Sins of the Father" Rick Wallace David Abramowitz October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)
A dying boy has parents whose religious beliefs prohibits transfusions.
3 "Too Close to Home" Rick Wallace David Abramowitz October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)
Jenny's mother has a stroke. An argument between a group of ranchers and a bank turns into a hit-and-run.
4 "Absalom, Absalom" Don Weis Paul F. Edwards November 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)
Kyle finds out that an old girlfriend has AIDS.
5 "A Question of Loyalty" Win Phelps Art Monterastelli November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)
Rebecca and a trauma surgeon has a standoff at the hospital.
6 "And Keep Them From Harm" Mimi Leder Paul F. Edwards November 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)
Rebecca performs an elective hysterectomy and is criticized. Torio is discriminated against because of his race.
7 "Silent Partners" Jan Eliasberg Garner Simmons November 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)
Buck has to persuade a man, who has a daughter with down syndrome, to undergo a risky operation.
8 "The Last Ride" Don Weis Syrie Astrahan James December 13, 1987 (1987-12-13)
Clint's best friend is almost killed in a rodeo accident. Rebecca gets offered a job at a hospital in New York.
9 "Let Nothing You Dismay" Michael Fresco Paul F. Edwards & Garner Simmons December 20, 1987 (1987-12-20)
Dinah and Clint are both depressed during the holidays. A little girl brings Christmas joy to the hospital.
10 "The Good Samatarian" Jerry Jameson Garner Simmons January 3, 1988 (1988-01-03)
Buck has to operate on a woman in difficult labor. Dinah's ex-boyfriend returns to try and win her heart.
11 "Almost Perfect" Mimi Leder David Abramovitz January 10, 1988 (1988-01-10)
It is revealed that Dinah's unborn baby has a deformity. Rebecca's grandparents has problems with her new boyfriend who isn't jewish.
12 "Lives in the Balance" Sigmund Neufeld, Jr. Garner Simmons March 10, 1988 (1988-03-10)
Buck finds out that a dying boy is the perfect heart donor for a sick child.
13 "The Bottom Line" Don Weis David Abramovitz March 17, 1988 (1988-03-17)
Buck is in a collision with a drunken driver on a highway.
14 "Act of Aggression" David Jackson David Jackson March 24, 1988 (1988-03-24)
Clint is sent to jail because of a practical joke. Buck is called in to save the life of a prisoner who is scheduled for execution.
15 "Quality of Life" Michael Fresco Art Monterastelli March 31, 1988 (1988-03-31)
A friend of Buck decides to forgo technology that could save his life. Rebecca has doubts about her chief-residency post.
16 "Top Secret" Joel Rosenzweig Josef Anderson April 7, 1988 (1988-04-07)
A cover-up by an airplane manufacturer is behind a poorly designed plane.
17 "To Everything a Season" Mimi Leder Paul F. Edwards April 14, 1988 (1988-04-14)
Buck has an argument with a burn specialist. Clint wants to take a job in the oil industry instead of going to college.
18 "Heal Thyself" Don Weis David Abramowitz April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28)
An mysterious illness affects Buck's performance.
19 "The Requiem" Win Phelps TBA May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)
Buck and Les Grant argue over the hospital's budget, but before they reach an agreement, Grant is shot.


  1. ^ TV Guide. "Buck James Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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