Ben Casey

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Ben Casey
Kathy Nolan Vincent Edwards Ben Casey 1963.JPG
Vince Edwards as Ben Casey and guest star Kathleen Nolan, 1964.
Format Medical drama
Created by James Moser
Starring Vince Edwards
Sam Jaffe
Theme music composer David Raksin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 153
Production
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Bing Crosby Productions
Distributor Viacom
Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Color
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02) – March 21, 1966 (1966-03-21)
Status Ended
Chronology
Followed by The Return of Ben Casey

Ben Casey is an American medical drama television series. It ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The series starred Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe.

Ben Casey is a young, intense but idealistic surgeon at County General Hospital. His mentor is Doctor David Zorba, At the beginning of the 1965 season, Jaffe left the show and Franchot Tone replaced him as new Chief of Surgery, Doctor Daniel Niles Freeland. The show began running multi-episode stories and Casey developed a romantic relationship with a patient who had just emerged from a coma after thirteen years.

In 1988, the television movie, The Return of Ben Casey, with Vince Edwards in his role as Casey, aired in television syndication. The pilot was not picked up by the major networks to bring the series back.[1]

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