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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 26, 1988
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: Based on the book Home Before Morning, this acclaimed (but low-rated) Vietnam War drama was set mainly at an Army hospital near the conflict and focused on the women impacted by the fighting, including nurses at the hospital, USO workers, and local Vietnamese citizens. The series picked upBased on the book Home Before Morning, this acclaimed (but low-rated) Vietnam War drama was set mainly at an Army hospital near the conflict and focused on the women impacted by the fighting, including nurses at the hospital, USO workers, and local Vietnamese citizens. The series picked up numerous awards and nominations over its four seasons, including five Emmy wins (with two going to star Dana Delany). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    100
    A work of TV art. ... It's a major, major series - a masterpiece, with great characters. The writing is textured, deep, rich. [26 Apr 1988]
  2. 80
    A mature, beautifully realized piece of drama, it shows little evidence of the neutering, sanitizing process that usually compromises television storytelling. ... "China Beach" is "M*A*S*H" seen through a darker, bloodier lens. [26 Apr 1988]
  3. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Unforgettable and not to be missed ... At times it overreaches, overdraws, oversentimentalizes. Yet among its excesses are troves of dark brilliance that mark "China Beach" as a potentially significant series.
  4. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    When it's bad, it's incredibly embarrassing. But then when it's good, it's terrifically on target.
  5. Reviewed by: John Haslett-Cuff
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    The results are decidedly mixed in tonight's two-hour pilot, but this is a fairly serious effort that succeeds in stimulating interest because it tries to look at the war from a feminine (feminist?) perspective. [26 Apr 1988]
  6. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    While fitfully entertaining, not only is "China Beach" derivative, but the series... suffers from a leading lady who is not particularly likable, as well as an overabundance of strained humor and forced-march poignance. [26 Apr 1988]
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    The China Beach premiere has its ups and downs. The downs are mostly in its too pat and predictable dramatic choices. It takes the easy road too often in its resolutions. Its bag of storytelling tricks is trite, undermining a greater potential that might have been tapped with less telegraphed, less easy calls. But there is much to admire as well. The acting and characterizations are uniformly splendid. [26 Apr 1988]

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