Kay O'Brien

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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 –
November 13, 1986

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


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 9 episodes.

Lifetime bought the rights to the entire series, and has occasionally aired all 13 episodes.



Episode # Episode description Episode note
Episode #1: Kayo on Call A second-year surgical resident deals with patients and staff at a Manhattan hospital. Original Air Date — 25 September 1986
Episode #2: Don't Bother Kayo It's Chinatown 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. Original Air Date —
2 October 1986
Episode #3: Big Vacation 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. Original Air Date —
9 October 1986
Episode #4: Taking the Heat Rosa spots a potential problem with a doctor's orders and Kayo later supports the doctor. Original Air Date — 16 October 1986
Episode #5: A Foreign Concept 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. Original Air Date — 23 October 1986
Episode #6: Lesson Learned 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. Original Air Date — 30 October 1986
Episode #7: Princess of the City 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. Original Air Date —
6 November 1986
Episode #8: Dollars and Sense 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 Original Air Date — 13 November 1986
Episode #9: Behind Closed Doors The ER is quarantined, which prevents Kayo from going to her sister's wedding, detains Doyle's accountant and jeopardizes a sick runaway. Original Air Date — UNAIRED
Episode #10: Wreck the Halls General during the midst of the Christmas season. Original Air Date — UNAIRED
Episode #11: Little White Lies 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. Original Air Date — UNAIRED
Episode #12: Reunion Kayo faces a dilemma in obstetrics: whether to save the life of her patient or the patient's unborn child. Original Air Date — UNAIRED

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