Island Son

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Island Son
Genre Drama
Created by Martin Rabbett
Judith Paige Mitchell
Lane Slate
Starring Richard Chamberlain
William McNamara
Brynn Thayer
Theme music composer Paul De Mello
Bruce Broughton (replacement)
Composer(s) Dennis McCarthy
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) Richard Chamberlain
Carol Evan McKeand
Nigel McKeand
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Maili Point Productions
Lorimar Television
Original network CBS
Original release 16 September 1989 – 15 March 1990

Island Son is a television medical drama that aired on CBS during the 1989–90 schedule.

Island Son marked the return to regular weekly series television of Richard Chamberlain, who had not so appeared since his Dr. Kildare series almost 25 years earlier. In the interim he had enjoyed a somewhat successful career in feature films, and had become widely known as "The King of the Miniseries" due to his success in that format.


Chamberlain once again portrayed a dedicated medical doctor, Dr. Daniel Kulani. Kulani was born in Hawaii and practiced on the mainland for many years prior to his return to work at the fictional Kamehameha Medical Center in Honolulu. Kulani's complicated life involved his stressful work environment; his adoptive parents, Tutu and Nana; his 18-year-old son, Sam; and his love interest, high school drama teacher Nina Delaney. Dr. Kulani's complicated life was never resolved to the satisfaction of the viewers because the program was canceled in March 1990.


  • Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 583. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0. 

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