Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.
Diahann Carroll is a nurse with two men in her life - her boss (a cranky but lovable M.D.) and her six year old son. Premiere. (season 1)
Did You Know?
This show was controversial because it was the subject of constant criticism that it did not realistically portray the lives of blacks in America. Diahann Carroll
continuously defended it in interviews, saying that it was a "fantasy" and that very little on TV showed life as it really was. The show may have been ahead of its time, and when The Cosby Show
(1984) premiered and became a mega-hit, the American public showed that it finally was ready for a show of its type. See more
Gee, you're big. Are you a football player?
No, I'm an actor.
That's too bad.