The passing of M*A*S*H actor Harry Morgan the other day, coupled with a trip to North York Branson for a post-biopsy follow-up mammogram yesterday, got me to thinking about the various and sundry t.v. docs I’ve come to cherish over the years. When I was a teenager, there was Col. Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) and Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) on M*A*S*H, and Jack Klugman in the title role on Quincy, M.E. – all boundary-pushing characters, combined with crankiness and/or craziness. I like to think of Quincy as a forerunner to t.v. M.E.s Dr. Jordan Cavanagh (Jill Hennessy in Crossing Jordan) and Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany in Body of Proof) – stupid brilliant at their jobs, with an edgy, irreverent attitude.
There have been some other amazing lady docs on the tube – some of them are even gay ladies: Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes, E.R.), Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) from Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy, Murdoch Mysteries) and – of course – the lovely Dr. Lauren Lewis (Zoie Palmer, Lost Girl). I’ve also taken a shine to neurosurgeon golden boy Dr. Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) and his ghostly GP ex-wife Dr. Anna Paul (Jennifer Ehle) on A Gifted Man.
They juggle personal and professional lives – and sometimes supernatural issues too – all while saving lives and working the bedside manner (to varying degrees of success). They’re awesome characters and I enjoy taking those case journeys with them.
On a personal note – and I’m not normally a superstitious or nervous person when it comes to medical procedures – I have to say that it was nice to have Dr. Lauren Lewis in mind when I went for that appointment yesterday. And, really, who could blame me?
Got a favourite t.v. doc?