Cutter to Houston

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Cutter to Houston
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GenreMedical drama
Created bySandor Stern
Written byRick Edelstein
Larry Mollin
Sandor Stern
Directed byRichard Michaels
StarringShelley Hack
Jim Metzler
Alec Baldwin
Composer(s)Dennis McCarthy
J.A.C. Redford
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Gerald W. Abrams
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Cypress Point Productions
MGM/UA Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 1 (1983-10-01) –
December 31, 1983 (1983-12-31)

Cutter to Houston is an American medical drama starring Shelley Hack, Jim Metzler, and Alec Baldwin that aired on CBS on Saturday night from October 1 to December 31, 1983 at 8 p.m Eastern time. The series was created by Sandor Stern.


Cutter to Houston is set at Cutter Community Hospital in the small town of Cutter, Texas, sixty miles from Houston. The series stars Shelley Hack as surgeon Dr. Beth Gilbert, Jim Metzler as Dr. Andy Fenton, and Alec Baldwin as Dr. Hal Wexler, a GP under probation for writing illegal prescriptions.[1]

Cutter to Houston aired on Saturdays at 8:00 PM Eastern. Due to low ratings, it was canceled after seven episodes and was replaced by Whiz Kids.


Notable guest appearance[edit]

In a 1983 episode, Chad Allen, then 9 years of age, "played a kid who got hurt and had to be given mouth-to-mouth and carried to the waiting chopper by Dr. Hal Wexler." Years later, Chad reminisced that "I thought it was the greatest job I had ever gotten," because Alec Baldwin was Dr. Wexler.[2]

US Television Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[3] Tied With
1983-84 9 (2 Unaired) October 8, 1983 December 31, 1983 97 8.7 N/A


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Pilot" October 1, 1983
1-2 "In the Eye of the Hurricane" October 8, 1983
1-3 "From the Smallest Crystal, From the Smallest Stone" October 15, 1983
1-4 "It Ain't Braggin' If You Done It" December 10, 1983
1-5 "Race for Life" December 17, 1983
1-6 "Tell Me a Riddle, Daddy" December 24, 1983
1-7 "The Life You Save" December 31, 1983
1-8 "Don't Look for Zebras" Never aired
1-9 "The Very Best of Friends" Never aired


  1. ^ Paietta, Ann Catherine; Kauppila, Jean L. (1999). Health Professionals On Screen. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 326. ISBN 0-8108-3636-X.
  2. ^ When I Knew (2005), ISBN 0-06-057146-2
  3. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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