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Encyclopedia > The Doctors (1963 TV series)
The Doctors

The title card used from 1980 to 1982.
Genre soap opera
Creator(s) Orvin Tovrov
Starring James Pritchett
Elizabeth Hubbard
Ann Williams
David O'Brien
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 5280
Production
Running time 30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run April 1, 1963December 31, 1982
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The Doctors was a soap opera which aired on NBC from April 1, 1963 to December 31, 1982. There were 5280 episodes produced, with the 5000th episode airing in November 1981. The series was set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional "Madison", located somewhere in New England. The Doctors is a British television series, produced by the BBC between 1969 and 1971. ... Image File history File links Thedoctorstitle. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... James Pritchett (born October 27, 1922 in Lenoir, North Carolina) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Matt Powers on the long-running soap opera The Doctors. ... Elizabeth Hubbard is an American soap opera actress, best known for her role as Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors. ... Ann Williams, toward the end of her stint on Search for Tomorrow. ... David OBrien (b. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ...


Originally, The Doctors was not supposed to be a conventional soap opera. It first aired in 1963 for a trial run as an anthology series with self-contained episodes about medical emergencies. When the show was brought back in 1964, the show adopted a serial form of storytelling. For most of the series, storylines revolved around Chief of Staff Matthew Powers (played by James Pritchett). It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... James Pritchett (born October 27, 1922 in Lenoir, North Carolina) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Matt Powers on the long-running soap opera The Doctors. ...


The Doctors was considered to be more risqué in storyline choices than its rival, General Hospital (which premiered on the same day). While the doctors on General Hospital worked in harmony with one another for the most part and in some cases were intimate friends, the physicians on The Doctors were much more cutthroat. General Hospital (GH) is the longest-running daytime American soap opera on the American Broadcasting Company television network, and is also the longest-running soap opera produced in Hollywood (having been taped at the Prospect Avenue ABC Television Center West and Sunset-Gower Studios). ...


For example, Dr. Powers was put on trial for murder, was forced to rescind his Chief of Staff position, and became very depressed. Another doctor took over Powers's spot and immediately schemed to remove his allies, such as Dr. Althea Davis, from positions of influence in the hospital. In another storyline, one doctor's nurse found out that he killed his rival and made it look like suicide. When he discovered that she knew the truth, he tormented her every day at work until she committed suicide herself, allowing him to get away with the murder. Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the willful act of killing oneself. ...


In 1972 and 1974, the serial received a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama. In the years following, announcer Mel Brandt would inform the audience at the beginning of each episode: And now, The Doctors: The (Emmy-award winning) program dedicated to the brotherhood of healing. The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... Mel Brandt (born June 18, 1919, Brooklyn, New York) was an actor and NBC staff announcer. ...


For most of its run, The Doctors was sponsored by the Colgate-Palmolive company through its Channelex division; in 1980, NBC took over production in-house. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) is a multinational corporation in the business of the provision of products such as soaps, detergents, and oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and toothbrushes. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ...


Recently, SFM Entertainment reached an agreement with Colgate-Palmolive and the Hallmark Channel, by which SFM would assume syndication rights to the show. SFM Entertainment is an American television syndicator, established in 1968. ... The Hallmark Channel is a cable television network that broadcasts in over 100 countries. ...

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Ratings/Scheduling History

The Doctors became very popular in the late 1960s when it was featured in advertisements for NBC's 90-minute soap bloc. The Doctors flourished when it was placed in the timslot of 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 Central, in between Days of Our Lives and Another World, two highly rated shows. It spent nearly 16 years there, an extraordinary feat for daytime shows of its day, especially when it is considered that among its victims in the ratings were long-running favorites such as CBS' House Party with Art Linkletter and, later, ABC's Dating Game. Broadcasting's longest-running soap, CBS' The Guiding Light, went up against it more than once as well. This page indexes the individual year in television pages. ... Days of our Lives (Days or DOOL) is an American soap opera. ... This AW logo was used between 1987 and 1989. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... In the United States and the United Kingdom the term house party refers, typically, to a type of party where large groups of people (usually high school or college students) get together at a designated house, mainly for the purpose of consuming alcoholic beverages. ... Art Linkletter caricature by Sam Berman for NBCs 1947 promotion book Art Linkletter (born Gordon Arthur Kelly on July 17, 1912) was the host of two of the longest-running shows in broadcast history: House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Dating Game is an ABC television show that first aired on December 20, 1965 and was created by Chuck Barris. ... This Guiding Light logo, which debuted in 1982, was used, save for background changes, until 1990. ...


From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, The Doctors was among the higher-rated soaps of the day. In 1973-74 the show peaked at fourth place, behind CBS' As The World Turns and fellow NBC soaps Days and AW. This page indexes the individual year in television pages. ... See also: 1972 in television, other events of 1973, 1974 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1973-74 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1973 in television, other events of 1974, 1975 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1974-75 American network television schedule. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light), airing each weekday on CBS. It debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956 at 1:30pm. ...


However, after 1975, the show's popularity went into terminal decline: eighth place in 1975-76 and 11th place from 1976 through 1980, before falling to the bottom of the pack by 1982. This can be traced in part to ABC's expansion of One Life to Live in 1976 and CBS' promotion of Guiding Light to an hour in length in late 1977. However, its own network, NBC, inflated the adjacent AW to 90 minutes in March 1979, bumping The Doctors ahead to 2 p.m./1 Central, alienating some longtime followers. A year and a half later, in August 1980, Procter and Gamble spun off Texas from AW, requiring The Doctors to move again, this time to 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. Central. As if facing the youth-oriented Ryan's Hope on ABC and the stalwart Search for Tomorrow on CBS were not enough, in March 1982, NBC essentially left the show out to pasture at 12 Noon/11 Central, where daytime's most popular game, Family Feud, ran on ABC, and where CBS stations in the Central Time Zone ran the first half of The Young and the Restless. Not surprisingly, The Doctors fell into the single digits in the Nielsens, and NBC had no choice but to end a show that fell a mere three months shy of its 20th anniversary. This is a list of television-related events in 1975. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1976. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1982. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... See also: 1976 in television, other events of 1977, 1978 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1977-78 American network television schedule. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... Texas (sometimes called Another World in Texas and, later, Texas: The New Generation) was a soap opera which aired on NBC from August 4, 1980 until December 31, 1982. ... Ryans Hope (RH) was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. ... Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera which started airing on Monday, September 3, 1951 on CBS. The show was moved from CBS, its original broadcaster, on Friday, March 26, 1982, with NBC picking it up on the following Monday, March 29, 1982. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Family Feud Broadcast History (United States), Family Feud in popular culture, Family Feud rules and production, Family Feud around the world be merged into this article or section. ... The Young and the Restless (commonly abbreviated as Y&R) is an American soap opera that has been broadcast on CBS since March 26, 1973. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


Core characters

The five core characters during the series' run were:

James Pritchett (born October 27, 1922 in Lenoir, North Carolina) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Matt Powers on the long-running soap opera The Doctors. ... Ann Williams, toward the end of her stint on Search for Tomorrow. ... David OBrien (b. ... Jada Rowland (born February 23, 1943 in New York City) is an American actress. ... Elizabeth Hubbard is an American soap opera actress, best known for her role as Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors. ... Virginia Vestoff (born December 9, 1939 in New York City- died May 2, 1982) was a Broadway actress most famous for having played Abigail Adams in 1776, a 1972 musical about the Second Continental Congress, as well as the same role in the film version of the musical. ...

Additional well-known actors

Several well-known actors and actresses had roles on The Doctors throughout its long run:

Armand Assante (born October 4, 1949, New York City, New York) is an American actor born to an Italian American father and an Irish American mother. ... Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... Julia Duffy is a comedic actress who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 27, 1951. ... Jonathan Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor and director best known for his portrayal of Commander William Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers Gilbert Gerard, better known as Gil Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor. ... Kathryn Harrold (born August 2, 1950 in Tazewell, Virginia is an American television and movie actress who has appeared in a number of TV series, including The Rockford Files, MacGruder and Loud, The Bronx Zoo, Ill Fly Away, and The Larry Sanders Show. She has also appeared in several... Anna Stuart Anna Stuart (born November 1, 1948 in Bluefield, West Virginia) is an American actress. ... Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Ian Andrew Ziering (March 30, 1964 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor best known for playing Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills 90210. ... Kim Zimmer Kim Zimmer (born February 2, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American actress. ...

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