Trapper John M.D.
was a medical drama that
ran from 1979 to 1986 on CBS. It was a spin-off of the
hit show M*A*S*H, focusing on the after war
experiences of Dr. Trapper John McIntrye (played by
Pernell Roberts). The show also starred Gregory
Harrison as Dr. Gonzo Gates, Charles Siebert as Dr.
Stanley Riverside, Madge Sinclair as Nurse Starch, Brian
Stokes Mitchell as Dr. Jackpot Jackson, and Christopher
Norris as nurse Ripples. The show had very good ratings
and was a success with critics as well.
30 years after leaving the 4077th Mobile Army
Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea, Trapper John
(Roberts) had become the chief of surgery at San
Francisco Memorial Hospital. At his side was his friend
and colleague, Dr. Gonzo Gates (Harrison), who lived in
a camper in the parking lot of the hospital. The two of
them showed great compassion for their patients, often
going the extra mile and violating hospital policy. The
dynamics between the doctors, nurses, and other staff
also provided fodder for compelling story lines.