The Interns isn’t one of my favorite obscurities, so I’m not all that eager to see more episodes the way I am with many shows. I’ve seen two, I think, and that gave me a pretty good feel for the medical drama that celebrates its 45th anniversary today. It premiered on Friday, September 18th, 1970. My article about the show can be found here.
Broderick Crawford starred as the somewhat ill-tempered doctor charged with supervising five young interns played by Stephen Brooks, Christopher Stone, Hal Frederick, Mike Farrell and Sandra Smith. Episodes featured plots involving medical mysteries and personal problems faced by the interns.
Like so many of the new shows that debuted in the fall of 1970, The Interns was part of the wave of relevance and reality that the networks assumed viewers wanted. The interns were young and diverse–one was African-American while another was a woman in a male-dominated field. Another was married, which added further potential for tension to the series.
CBS ignored critics who blasted the series and despite middling ratings decided to pick it up for the entire 1970-1971 season. A total of 24 episodes were broadcast.
At some point during the 1990s, cable channel Nostalgia Channel (later known as American Life TV and GoodLife TV) aired episodes of The Interns. Whether you watched it on CBS in 1970 and 1971 or during the 1990s on cable, if you have any memories of The Interns, please share them in comments.