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If all televison drama was like "China Beach"...
on June 28, 2003
... there would be no declining Neilson ratings. The late '80's produced several great quality drama shows, and "China Beach" was certainly among the top three. A show that respected both the viewer and men and women in uniform, it was a show that became better and better with each season. There are very few actors or actresses who have created characters as enduring and memorable in impact as Dana Delany did with Colleen McMurphy. An exceptional cast that had a lot of chemistry together that made the show all the more powerful.... Great casting, great writing, great acting, great production.
I used to tape the shows and watch them. Sorry the only one I have kept was the 2-hour finale that was shown in July 1991. "China Beach" had an incredible beginning as seen in this VHS tape and an incredible ending. The finale finds all the members of the five and dime unit coming back together for a reunion years after the war is over and they have returned to the States. The final scene with Colleen McMurphy at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. with her daughter brought tears and emotions to my eyes like no other television show I had seen.
I would definitely be a candidate to buy the complete episode boxed set of this show in DVD format if it is ever released.