The Nurses (CBS TV series)
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Zina Bethune, Joseph Campanella and Diana Hyland in a scene from the program, 1965.
|Also known as||'The Doctors and the Nurses'|
Edward Binns (1962-1964)
Stephen Brooks (1963-1964)
Michael Tolan (1964-1965)
Joseph Campanella (1964-1965)
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||98|
|Executive producer(s)||Herbert Brodkin|
|Producer(s)||Arthur Lewis (1962-1964)
Arthur Joel Katz (1964-1965)
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Plautus Productions|
|Original release||September 27, 1962 – May 11, 1965|
The Nurses is a serialized primetime medical drama that was broadcast in the USA on CBS from September 27, 1962, to May 11, 1965. For the second season, the title was expanded to The Doctors and the Nurses and it ran until 1965, when it was transformed into a half-hour daytime soap opera. The soap opera, also called The Nurses, ran on ABC from 1965 to 1967.
The series is set in Alden General Hospital (patterned after Roosevelt Hospital) in New York, and the primetime program starred Zina Bethune as Gail Lucas, the young nurse, and Shirl Conway as Liz Thorpe, her older nurse mentor.
Unlike most television dramas of the era, save for ABC's police drama Naked City (1958-1963) and the sitcom The Patty Duke Show (1963-1966), the series was filmed in New York and not Hollywood. The show was mainly filmed at the Filmways and Pathe Studios in Manhattan.
The show spun off Coronet Blue. In the Coronet Blue pilot, the amnesiac played by Frank Converse is fished out of the water and taken to the fictional Alden General Hospital in New York, which is the hospital in this series. Converse's character even takes Alden as his own last name.
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