Doctors' Private Lives
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Doctors' Private Lives
Doctors' Private Lives
Written byJames Henerson
Directed bySteven Stern
StarringJohn Gavin
Donna Mills
Ed Nelson
Barbara Anderson
Music byRichard Markowitz
Country of originUnited States
Original English
Executive David Gerber
Robert Stambler
CinematographyHoward Schwartz
Editor(s)Ronald LaVine
David Wages
Running time100 minutes
Production Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 20, 1978 (1978-03-20)

Doctors' Private Lives is a 1978 American made-for-television drama film starring John Gavin, Donna Mills, Ed Nelson, Barbara Anderson and directed by Steven Stern. It was broadcast on ABC on March 20, 1978.[1]

It was a pilot for a short-lived television series of the same name that aired for four episodes from April 5 to April 26, 1979.[2]



The Los Angeles Times called the film "lively but ludicrous and verges on self parody."[3]

TV miniseries

One year after the TV movie's network premiere, a four-episode miniseries was produced and directed by Edward M. Abroms, Richard Benedict and Marc Daniels. John Gavin, Ed Nelson and Randolph Powell reprised their respective roles from the 1978 TV movie. The miniseries focused on the personal and professional crises of two heart surgeons: Chief Surgeon Dr. Michael Wise and cardiovascular Unit Chief Dr. Jeffrey Latimer.



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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Doctors' Private Lives: Part 1"TBATBAApril 5, 1979 (1979-04-05)
A distaff surgeon who joins the hospital unit headed by Dr. Latimer becomes romantically involved with his associate, Dr. Wise.
22"Doctors' Private Lives: Part 2"TBATBAApril 12, 1979 (1979-04-12)
Dr. Wise confronts his feelings for his ex-wife when he learns that she and her lover have separated; Dr. Latimer has to step in when a nurse in the hospital falls in love with a patient.
33"Doctors' Private Lives: Part 3"TBATBAApril 19, 1979 (1979-04-19)
A young doctor is blamed for the death of some teenagers when a prescription drug is found in their smashed-up auto.
44"Doctors' Private Lives: Part 4"TBATBAApril 26, 1979 (1979-04-26)
A young attorney uses her romance with a medical student to gain malpractice evidence against two heart surgeons.


  1. ^ 'Doctors' Private Lives' Set Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Feb 1978: g23.
  2. ^ CBS, ABC Revamp Their Schedules Rosenberg, Howard. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 10 Mar 1979: b3.
  3. ^ TV MOVIE REVIEW: 'Doctors' Lives' a Self-Parody Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 20 Mar 1978: e16.

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