Medic (TV series)

Medic was an American medical drama that aired on NBC beginning in 1954. Medic was television's first doctor drama to focus attention on medical procedures.

Medic
Richard Boone as Konrad Styner, 1955.
GenreMedical drama
Created byJames E. Moser
Directed byJohn Brahm
George M. Cahan
Bernard Girard
Worthington Miner
James E. Moser
Ralph Francis Murphy
Lonnie D'Orsa
Ted Post
Richard Wilson
StarringRichard Boone
Narrated byRichard Boone
Theme music composerVictor Young
Edward Heyman
Opening theme"Blue Star"
Composer(s)Victor Young
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes59 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Worthington Miner
Producer(s)Frank LaTourette
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Medic TV Productions
DistributorNBC Television Films
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1954 
August 27, 1956

Created by its principal writer James E. Moser, Medic tried to create realism (City Hospital and The Doctor had not) which would typify medical shows from then on. Moser had previously written for the radio shows Dragnet and Dr. Kildare.

Synopsis

Medic episodes were introduced and narrated by Richard Boone, playing Dr. Konrad Styner who sometimes also appeared in the stories. Fifty-nine segments aired from September 1954 to November 1956.

The series was introduced each week by theme music written by Victor Young. Eventually, with lyrics added by Edward Heyman, the song became popular under the title "Blue Star."

Episodes

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 28 September 13, 1954 (1954-09-13) June 13, 1955 (1955-06-13)
2 31 September 5, 1955 (1955-09-05) August 27, 1956 (1956-08-27)

DVD release

On November 15, 2011, Timeless Media Group released Medic- The Groundbreaking Hospital Series on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[1] The 6-disc set features 44 of the 59 episodes of the series as these are the only episodes for which Timeless was able to obtain the rights. This is believed to be due to only 44 of the prints being salvageable.

Guest stars

Notable guest stars included:

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient Notes
1955Emmy AwardNominatedBest Written Dramatic MaterialJames E. MoserFor episode "White Is the Color"
NominatedBest Television Film EditingJodie CopelanFor episode "White Is the Color"
NominatedBest Original Music Composed for TVVictor Young
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NominatedBest Individual Program of the Year
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For episode "White Is the Color"
NominatedBest Dramatic Series
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NominatedBest Actress in a Single PerformanceBeverly Garland
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NominatedBest Actor Starring in a Regular SeriesRichard Boone
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WonBest Direction of PhotographyLester ShorrFor episode "I Climb the Stairs"
1956NominatedBest Producer - Film SeriesFrank La Tourette
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WonBest Cinematography for TelevisionWilliam A. SicknerFor episode "Black Friday"
1957NominatedBest Musical Contribution for TelevisionSidney FineFor orchestration of Victor Young's music
1956Directors Guild of America AwardNominatedOutstanding Directorial Achievement in TelevisionTed PostFor episode "Mercy Wears an Apron"

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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