L.A. Doctors

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L.A. Doctors
Genre Medical drama
Created by John Lee Hancock
Theme music composer Jeff Rona
ComposerJeff Beal
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Executive producers
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original network CBS
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) 
May 10, 1999 (1999-05-10)

L.A. Doctors is an American medical drama television series set in a Los Angeles primary care practice. It ran on CBS from September 21, 1998 to May 10, 1999. It replaced Brooklyn South after its cancellation in May 1998. [1]



Four Los Angeles doctors run a practice in this drama that focuses as much on the problems in the American medical system as it does on the patients.



The series was scheduled opposite ABC's Monday Night Football and NBC's Dateline Monday , and struggled in the ratings, leading up to the show's cancellation in May 1999


No.TitleDirected by [2] Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code [2]
1"Pilot" [3] Gary Fleder John Lee Hancock September 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) [3] 100 [3]
Young doctors (Ken Olin, Matt Craven, Rick Roberts) open a medical practice where patients come before profit; with Sheryl Lee.
2"Under the Radar" Dean Parisot TBASeptember 28, 1998 (1998-09-28)101
Tim and Roger go after marijuana for a patient with advanced AIDS; a woman hides the fact that she has lupus from her new employer.
3"A Prayer for the Lying" Peter Markle TBAOctober 5, 1998 (1998-10-05)102
Roger buys a celebrity-laden client list; a teen refuses treatment on religious grounds; with Tom Arnold.
4"Fear of Flying" David Carson TBAOctober 12, 1998 (1998-10-12)104
Evan and Sarah find a makeshift medical facility for illegal aliens; Roger's stepmother needs bypass surgery; Tim vents anxiety on a claims adjuster.
5"Whither Thou Goest" Graham Yost TBAOctober 19, 1998 (1998-10-19)105
Evan learns Roger is treating Kelly; a technician blackmails Tim; Sarah's husband is increasingly aloof.
6"Classic Evan"Gary FlederTBAOctober 26, 1998 (1998-10-26)106
Tim and Julie may lose the twins to their biological mother; Evan treats a drug-addled radio personality.
7"Maybe It's You" Ken Olin TBANovember 2, 1998 (1998-11-02)107
Roger confronts a man he suspects of spouse abuse; a couple breaks up over Viagra; chicken soup and a cork.
8"The Code"David CarsonTBANovember 9, 1998 (1998-11-09)108
Tim helps a mother addicted to heroin; Roger confronts a dangerous plastic surgeon.
9"What About Bob?" Scott Brazil TBANovember 16, 1998 (1998-11-16)109
Sarah delivers two babies simultaneously; Roger identifies with a homeless man; Tim encounters a racist.
10"Nate Expectations" Nicole Holofcener TBANovember 30, 1998 (1998-11-30)103
Parents abort an unborn child after learning it is male; seeking a nontraditional cure, Tim accompanies a terminal patient to Mexico.
11"Leap of Faith" Reynaldo Villalobos TBADecember 7, 1998 (1998-12-07)110
Sarah is happy to be pregnant; Roger has a new relationship; Evan and Kelly date.
12"Endless Bummer"Gary FlederTBADecember 14, 1998 (1998-12-14)111
Roger's old flame has a brain tumor; Tim wants to donate bone marrow to a cancer patient.
13"Been There, Done That"Rick BotaTBAJanuary 11, 1999 (1999-01-11)112
Teenage girl abuses steroids; suicide attempt; crooked business manager.
14"Just Duet" Joe Napolitano TBAJanuary 18, 1999 (1999-01-18)113
Sarah searches for a dying patient's mysteriously absent husband (Robin Williams).
15"True Believers"Ken OlinTBAJanuary 25, 1999 (1999-01-25)114
A boy has a flesh-eating bacteria; a patient says he was abducted by aliens.
16"Baby, It's Cold Outside" Stephen Gyllenhaal TBAFebruary 8, 1999 (1999-02-08)115
A sniper traps Dr. Newman and wounded children inside a classroom; an African-American mother delivers a white baby.
17"Immaculate Deception" Joe Napolitano TBAFebruary 15, 1999 (1999-02-15)116
Sarah's patient falls victim to rape; Roger helps a drug addict.
18"Denial" Rick Rosenthal TBAMarch 1, 1999 (1999-03-01)117
Tim helps a dying 3-year-old boy; Evan's ex-wife wants to move; obsessive-compulsive disorder.
19"Where the Rubber Meets the Road"John Lee HancockTBAMarch 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)118
The father of a patient sues Roger for malpractice; Evan's patient wants to die.
20"The Life Lost in Living"Rick RosenthalTBAMarch 22, 1999 (1999-03-22)119
Roger treats a death row inmate with a brain tumor; Sarah's father has palsy.
21"O Captain, My Captain"Ken OlinTBAApril 19, 1999 (1999-04-19)120
A patients-rights activist (Vanessa Williams) questions Evan's professional judgment.
22"Que Sera, Sarah"Scott BrazilTBAApril 26, 1999 (1999-04-26)121
Tim and Leanne clash over a mentally impaired patient's wish to have a baby; guest Dennis Rodman.
23"Every Picture Tells a Story" Alex Graves TBAMay 3, 1999 (1999-05-03)122
Sarah and Evan's romance blossoms; Roger thinks his friend was poisoned; Susann's boyfriend has hepatitis C.
24"Forty-Eight Minutes"Ken OlinTBAMay 10, 1999 (1999-05-10)123
The doctors are involved in a massive, multicar pileup while on their way to a medical convention and try to attend to the injured amid chaos.

Awards and nominations

The series won the 1999 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Dramatic Television Series.

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