The Nurses (CBS TV series)

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The Nurses
Zina Bethune Joseph Campanella Diana Hyland The Doctors and the Nurses 1965.jpg
Zina Bethune, Joseph Campanella and Diana Hyland in a scene from the program, 1965.
Also known asThe Doctors and the Nurses
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes98
Executive producer(s)Herbert Brodkin
Producer(s)Arthur Lewis (1962–1964)
Arthur Joel Katz (1964–1965)
Editor(s)Lyman Hallowell
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Plautus Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 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 program was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards.[1]



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