Island Son
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Island Son
Island Son
GenreMedical drama
Created byMartin Rabbett
Judith Paige Mitchell
Lane Slate
StarringRichard Chamberlain
William McNamara
Brynn Thayer
Theme music composerPaul De Mello
Bruce Broughton (replacement)
Composer(s)Dennis McCarthy
Country of originUSA
Original English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive Richard Chamberlain
Carol Evan McKeand
Nigel McKeand
Running time60 minutes
Production Maili Point Productions
Lorimar Television
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1989 (1989-09-16) -
March 15, 1990 (1990-03-15)

Island Son is an American medical drama television series that aired on CBS from September 16, 1989 to March 15, 1990 during the 1989-90 schedule.

Island Son marked the return to regular weekly series television of Richard Chamberlain, who had not so appeared since his Dr. Kildare series almost 25 years earlier. In the interim he had enjoyed a somewhat successful career in feature films, and had become widely known as "The King of the Miniseries" due to his success in that format.


Chamberlain once again portrayed a dedicated medical doctor, Dr. Daniel Kulani. Kulani was born in Hawaii and practiced on the mainland for many years prior to his return to work at the fictional Kamehameha Medical Center in Honolulu. Kulani's complicated life involved his stressful work environment; his adoptive parents, Tutu and Nana; his 18-year-old son, Sam; and his love interest, high school drama teacher Nina Delaney. Dr. Kulani's complicated life was never resolved to the satisfaction of the viewers because the program was canceled in March 1990.


  • Richard Chamberlin as Dr. Daniel Kulani
  • Brynn Thayer as Dr. Margaret Judd
  • Clyde Kusatsu as Dr. Kenji Fushida
  • Carol Huston as Dr. Caitlin McGrath
  • Timothy Carhart as Dr. Anthony Metzger
  • Betty Carvalho as Nana Kulani
  • William McNamara as Sam


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Heart and Soul"TBATBASeptember 19, 1989 (1989-09-19)
2"Fathers and Sons"TBATBASeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
3"Sometimes They're Zebras"TBATBASeptember 26, 1989 (1989-09-26)
4"Gifts"TBATBAOctober 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
5"Painkillers"TBATBAOctober 10, 1989 (1989-10-10)
6"Life Sentences"TBATBAOctober 24, 1989 (1989-10-24)
7"The State vs. John Kulani"TBATBAOctober 31, 1989 (1989-10-31)
8"Role Models"TBATBANovember 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)
9"Everyday People"TBATBANovember 14, 1989 (1989-11-14)
10"Hihia"TBATBADecember 14, 1989 (1989-12-14)
11"The Christmas Story"TBATBADecember 21, 1989 (1989-12-21)
12"Falling Stars"TBATBAJanuary 4, 1990 (1990-01-04)
13"Icarus Falling"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1990 (1990-01-11)
14"Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"TBATBAFebruary 1, 1990 (1990-02-01)
15"Janine Returns"TBATBAFebruary 8, 1990 (1990-02-08)
16"Viruses"TBATBAFebruary 15, 1990 (1990-02-15)
17"Moving Targets"TBATBAFebruary 22, 1990 (1990-02-22)
18"Separations"TBATBAMarch 15, 1990 (1990-03-15)


  • Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 583. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.

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