Marcus Welby, M.D.
is an American medical drama television program
that aired on ABC
from September 23, 1969, to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young
as the title character, a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner, and was produced by David Victor and David J. O'Connell. The pilot had aired as an ABC Movie of the Week
on March 26, 1969.
As with most medical dramas of the day, the plots often concerned a professional conflict between well-meaning physicians. Here, Dr. Welby's unorthodox way of treating patients was pitted against the more strait-laced methods of Dr. Steven Kiley (James Brolin
). The catch with this particular program was that the roles were reversed in that Dr. Kiley was much younger than Dr. Welby. In the similar series Medical Center
, it is the older doctor who is more orthodox and the younger who is radical.<br/>The opening credits of "Welby" for each episode
reminded viewers of the generation gap between the two doctors, Welby driving his long sedan and Kiley riding a motorcycle.
Welby had served in the US Navy as a doctor during the war, and was a widower. He owned a sail boat and enjoyed the ocean.
The doctors worked alongside each other in their private practice in Santa Monica, California
, regularly working in conjunction with the nearby Lang Memorial Hospital. (This was later revealed in exterior shots to be the real-life St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California now renamed simply as Saint......