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Trapper John M.D.


Trapper John M.D. Cast

Series Description

Trapper John M.D. was a 60 minute medical drama series on CBS about a former Korean War Army surgeon who became the Chief of Surgery at San Franscico Memorial Hospital. He was joined by a young doctor named "Gonzo" Gates who had served in the Army as a Vietnam War surgeon. Their similar pasts caused them to form a close bond. Gonzo even reminded Trapper John of himself at an earlier age. Along with a colorful cast of doctors, nurses, and other hospital employees, they did their best to heal the wounds of their patients.

Trapper John M.D. Cast

Pernell Roberts ......... Dr. John Francis Xavier "Trapper" McIntyre
Gregory Harrison ........ Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates
Charles Siebert ......... Dr. Stanley Riverside II
Madge Sinclair .......... Ernestine Shoop, R. N.
Jessica Walter .......... Melanie Townsend McIntyre
Simon Scott ............. Arnold Slocum
Brian Mitchell .......... Dr. Jacob / Justin "Jackpot" Jackson
Christopher Norris ...... Gloria "Ripples" Brancusi, R. N.
Sarah Cunningham ........ Nurse Andrews
Kip Gilman .............. Dr. Jacob Christmas
Marcia Rodd ............. E.J. Willoughby Riverside
Richard Schaal .......... Dr. David Sandler
Michael Tucci ........... Dr. Charlie Nichols

Trapper John M.D. Trivia

    

Trapper John, M.D. was a "spin-off" of the series, "M*A*S*H". It was inspired by the character, "Trapper John McIntyre" who had appeared on that series while serving as a young doctor in Korea during the war. The series is a "spin-off" in the loosest terms, however, as Trapper John was played by "Wayne Rogers" on "M*A*S*H" and by "Pernell Roberts" on this series.

Ironically, Wayne Rogers turned down the opportunity to reprise his role as Trapper John because he didn't ever want to play a doctor again and then very shortly thereafter he took the role as Doctor Charley Michaels on the series, "House Calls"! House Calls was a comedy series and Trapper John, M.D. was a drama series. Maybe that's what made the difference?

For the final two seasons of Trapper John, M.D., Trapper's son, Doctor John "J.T." McIntyre joined the hospital staff as an intern. He was played by actor Timothy Busfield who you might know better as "Cal Shanley" on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" or as reporter "Danny Concannon" on "The West Wing".

Trapper John drove three different cars during the show's run. They were a 1978 Mazda RX-7, a 1980 Dodge Mirada CMX-360, and a 1983 Cadillac SeVille.

One of the strangest things about the show was that Gonzo lived in big, huge, broken down RV that was parked in the hospital's parking lot. He had even named the ugly thing, "The Titanic". It sure did make it easy for Trapper John to find him in an emergency though!

Pernell Roberts began his career by singing in local USO shows while he was still in high school. During his early year trying to make it as an actor, he took jobs with steady paychecks as a butcher, a forest ranger, and a railroad riveter. Eventually he got a huge break by getting the role as the oldest son of Ben Cartwright on the mega hit series, "Bonanza". Just as that series reached the top of the ratings and he had become beloved by fans, he quit the series because he felt that the scripts and directing on Bonanza were not up to his standards! Fans and industry insiders alike were flabbergasted! The writers wrote their scripts in a way that always left the door open for Roberts to return but he never changed his mind even though Bonanza went on for another eight seasons! After that, his career floundered as he failed to secure anything more than bit parts in movies although he did get a few big parts in a few TV miniseries and kept his face recognizable to the public by doing guest-star work on numerous TV series. That was a good move and most certainly led to his starring role on Trapper John, M.D. Roberts also hosted a series titled, "FBI: The Untold Stories" after Trapper John, M.D. ended.

In addition to his role as Gonzo on Trapper John, M.D., Gregory Harrison has also starred as "Logan" on the series, "Logan's Run", "Michael Sharpe" for one season on "Falcon Crest", and as "John Loring" on "Safe Harbor".

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

  1. Trapper John, M.D. (9/23/1979)
  2. Flashback (9/30/1979)
  3. Deadly Exposure (10/7/1979)
  4. Love is a Three-Way Street (10/21/1979)
  5. The Shattered Image (10/28/1979)
  6. What Are Friends For? (11/11/1979)
  7. One For My Baby (11/18/1979)
  8. Taxi in the Rain (12/2/1979)
  9. Licensed to Kill (12/9/1979)
  10. The Surrogate (12/23/1979)
  11. Whose Little Hero Are You? (12/30/1979)
  12. Boom (1/6/1980)
  13. Have You Hugged Your Nurse Today? (1/13/1980)
  14. Missionary's Downfall (1/27/1980)
  15. Warning: I May Be Hazardous to Your Health (2/3/1980)
  16. 'Till Life Us Do Part (2/10/1980)
  17. If You Can't Stand the Heat (2/17/1980)
  18. Strike (2/24/1980)
  19. It's a Wise Surgeon (3/2/1980)
  20. Short Odds (3/9/1980)
  21. Quarantine (3/23/1980)
  22. Hot Line (3/30/1980)

Trapper John - The Second Season

  1. Girl Under Glass - Part 1 (11/23/1980)
  2. Girl Under Glass - Part 2 (11/30/1980)
  3. Slim Chance (12/7/1980)
  4. Call Me Irresponsible (12/21/1980)
  5. Creepy Time Gal (1/4/1981)
  6. Straight and Narrow (1/11/1981)
  7. Earthquake (1/18/1981)
  8. The Pagoda Cure (1/25/1981)
  9. Have I Got a Girl For You (2/1/1981)
  10. Who's the Lucky Father? (2/15/1981)
  11. A Family Affair (2/22/1981)
  12. Finders Keepers (3/8/1981)
  13. Days of Wine and Leo (3/15/1981)
  14. A Case of the Crazies (3/29/1981)
  15. Second Sight (4/5/1981)
  16. King of the Road (5/3/1981)
  17. The Albatross (5/10/1981)
  18. Brain Child (5/17/1981)

Trapper John - The Third Season

  1. That Old Gang of Mine (10/4/1981)
  2. C.O.D. (10/11/1981)
  3. Give 'Till It Hurts (10/18/1981)
  4. Hate is Enough (10/25/1981)
  5. The Ego Experience (11/8/1981)
  6. Cooperative Care (11/15/1981)
  7. Is There a Doctor in the Big House? (11/29/1981)
  8. Mother's Day (12/6/1981)
  9. 'Tis the Season (12/20/1981)
  10. Future Imperfect (12/27/1981)
  11. 42 (1/3/1982)
  12. Victims (1/10/1982)
  13. Angel of Mercy (1/17/1982)
  14. Danny (1/24/1982)
  15. Ladies in Waiting (1/31/1982)
  16. The Peter Pan Syndrome (2/7/1982)
  17. Medicine Man (2/21/1982)
  18. Maybe Baby (3/7/1982)
  19. Love and Marriage (3/14/1982)
  20. Candy Doctor (3/21/1982)
  21. Doctors and Other Strangers (3/28/1982)
  22. A Piece of the Action (4/11/1982)
  23. Cause for Concern (4/18/1982)
  24. John's Other Life (5/2/1982)
  25. The One and Only (5/16/1982)

Trapper John - The Fourth Season

  1. Don't Rain on My Charade (9/26/1982)
  2. Truth and Consequences - Part 1 (10/3/1982)
  3. Truth and Consequences - Part 2 (10/10/1982)
  4. Three on a Mismatch (10/17/1982)
  5. The Object of My Affliction (10/24/1982)
  6. You Pays Your Money (10/31/1982)
  7. The Ransom (11/7/1982)
  8. Thanks for Giving (11/21/1982)
  9. The Good Life (11/28/1982)
  10. Getting to Know You (12/12/1982)
  11. Russians and Ruses (12/19/1982)
  12. Life, Death and Vinnie Duncan (1/2/1983)
  13. Baby on the Line (1/9/1983)
  14. It Only Hurts When I Love (1/16/1983)
  15. Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow (1/23/1983)
  16. Forget Me Not (1/30/1983)
  17. The Spy Who Bugged Me (2/13/1983)
  18. Pasts Imperfect (2/20/1983)
  19. Blue Genes (3/13/1983)
  20. Primetime (3/20/1983)
  21. Friends in High Places (3/27/1983)
  22. South Side Story (4/3/1983)

Trapper John - The Fifth Season

  1. I Only Have Ice for You (10/2/1983)
  2. ... And for Loyal and Devoted Service (10/9/1983)
  3. All About Everett (10/16/1983)
  4. May Divorce Be With You (10/23/1983)
  5. What a Difference a Day Makes (10/30/1983)
  6. The Final Cut (11/6/1983)
  7. Old Man Liver (11/13/1983)
  8. The Agony of D'Feet (11/20/1983)
  9. Mother Load (11/27/1983)
  10. Fat Chance (12/4/1983)
  11. Supernurse (12/11/1983)
  12. Special Delivery (1/1/1984)
  13. Play Your Hunch (1/8/1984)
  14. A Little Knife Music (1/15/1984)
  15. Where There's a Will (1/29/1984)
  16. Send in the Clowns (2/12/1984)
  17. This Gland is Your Gland (3/4/1984)
  18. The Fred Connection (3/11/1984)
  19. The Jackpot Pays Off (3/18/1984)
  20. I Do, I Don't (3/25/1984)
  21. It's About Time (4/ 1/1984)
  22. Aunt Mildred is Watching You (5/06/1984)

Trapper John - The Sixth Season

  1. A Change of Heart (9/30/1984)
  2. My Son, the Doctor (10/14/1984)
  3. Moonlighting Becomes You (10/21/1984)
  4. Eternally Yours (10/28/1984)
  5. School Nurse (11/4/1984)
  6. Of Cats, Crushes and Creeps (11/18/1984)
  7. A Fall to Grace (11/25/1984)
  8. Promises, Promises (12/9/1984)
  9. Dark Side of the Loon (12/16/1984)
  10. Double Bubble (12/30/1984)
  11. Long Ago and Far Away (1/6/1985)
  12. Muddle of the Night (1/13/1985)
  13. Buckaroo Bob Rides Again (1/20/1985)
  14. Love Thy Neighbor (2/3/1985)
  15. So Little, Gone (2/17/1985)
  16. Bad Breaks (2/24/1985)
  17. High Time (3/3/1985)
  18. The Unholy Ghost (3/10/1985)
  19. A False Start (3/17/1985)
  20. In the Eyes of the Beholder (3/24/1985)
  21. All the King's Men (3/31/1985)
  22. Go for Broker (4/21/1985)
  23. All of Me (5/5/1985)

Trapper John - The Seventh Season

  1. Game of Hearts - Part 1 (10/6/1985)
  2. Game of Hearts - Part 2 (10/13/1985)
  3. Hot Shot (10/20/1985)
  4. Just Around the Corner (10/27/1985)
  5. Friends and Lovers (11/3/1985)
  6. The Wonderkind (11/10/1985)
  7. A Wheel Within a Wheel (12/1/1985)
  8. The Second Best Man (12/15/1985)
  9. Billboard Barney (12/29/1985)
  10. Going, Going, Gonzo (1/5/1986)
  11. Heart and Seoul (1/28/1986)
  12. Life, Death and Dr. Christmas (2/18/1986)
  13. Judgment Day (3/4/1986)
  14. Fall of the Wild (3/11/1986)
  15. The Curmudgeon (3/18/1986)
  16. Self-Diagnosis (8/14/1986)
  17. Research and Destroy (8/21/1986)
  18. Strange Bedfellows (8/28/1986)
  19. The Elusive Butterfly (9/4/1986)

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