China Beach

The BEST episodes of China Beach

Every episode of China Beach ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of China Beach!

The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.

Last Updated: 11/28/2022Network:ABC (US)
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How to Stay Alive in Vietnam, Part I
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8.40
5 votes

#1 - How to Stay Alive in Vietnam, Part I

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/29/1989

Beckett and a civilian photographer temporarily join Dodger's patrol; McMurphy gets to know a wounded POW.

Directors: Fred Gerber
Vets
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8.40
5 votes

#2 - Vets

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/15/1989

The accounts of life in Vietnam by real vets are intercut with scenes from old episodes showing how closely the show has mirrored reality.

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Twilight
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8.38
8 votes

#3 - Twilight

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/22/1989

Wayloo Marie's digging results in a medal ceremony for Boonie and an unwelcome investigation into his lost jungle patrol. McMurphy sees Dodger again as he prepares to go back into action. Frankie befriends a captured deserter.

Directors: Michael Fresco
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Limbo
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8.36
11 votes

#4 - Limbo

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/14/1988

McMurphy continues her vigil by Dodger's bedside as he stays in a coma. KC agrees to get Boonie some black market penicillin for a native hospital in exchange for his help in building her a beauty salon on base.

Directors: Dan Lerner
Writer: Carol Flint
Warriors
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8.25
4 votes

#5 - Warriors

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/14/1990

McMurphy is in an emotional and ethical turmoil when she delivers Vinnie's buddy from death but he falls into a terminal coma; and Frankie finds herself in charge of a squad of grizzled grunts.

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I Could Have Danced All Night... But Didn't
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8.25
4 votes

#6 - I Could Have Danced All Night... But Didn't

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/4/1991

McMurphy meets a sympathetic drummer at a 1983 wedding and recalls the 1969 wedding of Lila and Sarge Pepper, as well as the end of her relationship with Dr. Richard.

Skin Deep
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8.20
5 votes

#7 - Skin Deep

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1989

McMurphy uses a little guilt and a little blackmail to get a reluctant K.C. to visit a wounded soldier whose face has been badly disfigured. Holly, the new doughnut dolly, challenges the nurses on behalf of the Red Cross Volunteers to compete in a Miss China Beach beauty pageant. Frankie is assigned to the motor pool and runs into Sarge Pepper, who's not very eager to have her there.

Directors: Mimi Leder
Writer: Carol Flint
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Dear China Beach
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8.20
5 votes

#8 - Dear China Beach

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1989

Dodger is left with an Amerasian baby that is supposedly his son; McMurphy makes a poor patient when she comes down with dysentery; and Holly badgers everyone into answering the letters sent by seventh-graders from Colorado.

Directors: Michael Rhodes
Writer: John Wells
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Hello, Goodbye (2)
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8.20
5 votes

#9 - Hello, Goodbye (2)

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 7/22/1991

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

Writer: John Wells
Hello, Goodbye (1)
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8.00
4 votes

#10 - Hello, Goodbye (1)

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 7/22/1991

McMurphy agrees to attend a China Beach reunion planned by Boonie and recalls her last day in Vietnam, and travels to Washington DC with the others to visit the Vietnam Memorial. Karen comes to terms with the ghost of her absent mother, KC.

Writer: John Wells
The Always Goodbye
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8.00
5 votes

#11 - The Always Goodbye

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/18/1991

The arrival in Bangkok in 1969 of a hard-drinking McMurphy and a young private disrupts KC's carefully developed new life and brings back unwanted memories.

Directors: Gary Sinise
100 Klicks Out
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8.00
4 votes

#12 - 100 Klicks Out

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/11/1991

The imminent fall of Saigon reunites KC with her daughter as she struggles to get the little girl out of Vietnam and safely to America and a waiting Boonie. In the 1980s, a cynical McMurphy tries to prevent further child abuse in New Mexico.

Directors: Mimi Leder
You, Babe
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8.00
4 votes

#13 - You, Babe

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/13/1990

In Saigon in 1967, KC gives birth with McMurphy's help and gives the baby over to a foster mother.

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With a Little Help From My Friends
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8.00
7 votes

#14 - With a Little Help From My Friends

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/1989

Holly is shaken when it appears that Hang is connected to the VC and has been using their friendship to gain information; Frankie is seriously injured by a booby trap; and McMurphy aids Dr. Bernard at a civilian clinic.

The Unquiet Earth
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8.00
5 votes

#15 - The Unquiet Earth

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1989

McMurphy and K.C. are kidnapped by the Viet Cong and taken underground into a warren of tunnels, where their captors expect McMurphy to operate on their wounded leader.

Directors: Michael Rhodes
The World, Part I
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8.00
7 votes

#16 - The World, Part I

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/26/1989

Wayloo Marie prepares to return the world and a new job at BBC news. She's unexpectedly joined by McMurphy, who's returning to her unsettled family in Kansas following her father's heart attack.

Directors: John Wells
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F.N.G.
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8.00
5 votes

#17 - F.N.G.

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/16/1990

In November 1966, fairly new guys Colleen McMurphy and Dr. Richard find themselves learning the ropes when they arrive at China Beach.

Writer: Carol Flint
China Beach (2)
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7.94
32 votes

#18 - China Beach (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/26/1988

McMurphy decides that she can't leave China Beach even though she is eligible to go home. Cherry and Laurette arrive- Cherry to look for her brother whom her family lost contact with and Laurette as a USO back up singer who gets promoted to lead when the lead singer can't cope with the war.

Directors: Rod Holcomb
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Cherry
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7.89
9 votes

#19 - Cherry

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/1/1989

Wayloo Marie becomes intimidated by the war as its reality sinks in following Cherry's death. McMurphy tries to fight the bureaucracy to keep Dodger from going to Japan for more medical help. KC fights her heroin habit as she tries to locate Cherry's brother and prepares to accompany her body home to Iowa for burial.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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After Burner
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7.86
7 votes

#20 - After Burner

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/5/1989

McMurphy goes through the emotional wringer when Natch Austen returns to China Beach after six months as an MIA. Lila cares for the ""pet"" of a wounded G.I. Boonie and KC have trouble with the on-the-make hustler who's now in command of the Jet Set.

Writer: Carol Flint
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Independence Day
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7.83
6 votes

#21 - Independence Day

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/1989

China Beach celebrates a soggy Independence Day with Boonie and Holly trying to keep everyone's spirits up, McMurphy dealing with a love struck private as she tries to sort out her feelings for Dr. Bernard, Lila and the Sarge discussing the future and Beckett and K.C. quarreling over registering the dead to vote.

Directors: Mimi Leder
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China Men
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7.83
6 votes

#22 - China Men

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/22/1989

Dodger and Hyers square off after a battlefield incident; McMurphy spends an uncomfortable evening with Dr. Bernard's sophisticated civilian friends; and Boonie gets a surprise from the sexy Asian singer all the men in camp are longing for.

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Chao Ong
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7.82
11 votes

#23 - Chao Ong

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/8/1988

Despite distractions, McMurphy and Natch finally get together. Laurette gets a chance to join another, bigger USO tour. McMurphy gets blamed for a body that disappears on her shift.

All About E.E.V.
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7.78
9 votes

#24 - All About E.E.V.

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/11/1989

A dashing lieutenant colonel parachutes into China Beach for some R&R and disrupts the lives of Lila, KC and Wayloo Marie. Dr. Richard and McMurphy play a game of sexual brinksmanship. Frankie falls for a GI who thinks he's Chuck Berry.

Directors: Peter Medak
A Rumor of Peace
star
7.75
4 votes

#25 - A Rumor of Peace

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/7/1990

China Beach reacts to the rumors of peace floated by Beckett and Frankie during their pirate radio broadcast.

Directors: Neema Barnette

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