The five students featured on the show, you see, don`t spend much time studying. And they do hang around in their underwear a lot. 1.
I found parts of the second pilot episode from January 21, 1991, (a failed pilot aired in the Summer of 1988) and the introduction by Suzanne Pleshette:
"you get to meet the girls, to discover their secret pasts, their dreams, their desires, their loves …."
…sounds more like the back of a softcore vhs box than a NBC pilot on a Saturday night before the Superbowl.
This is the first thing you see in the pilot, because you see, one of the girls in the nursing program witnessed a murder and now she’s in the witness protection program, and they make her become a nurse?
Already at 7:58, it looks like they’re about to shoot a pillow fight scene.
"YOUR ASSES BELONG TO ME." really, she says that. I’m not joking.
Wow. Look how short those uniforms are!
All the ladies were making googly eyes at this doctor. Did I mention that he walked away from a guy who had just been stabbed to introduce himself to the new students?
They go to a club named Panda after studying for 5 minutes…
…and one of them has the stage all to herself and dances with a cigarette? I think a 12 year old girl wrote this. This is something I would think was cool when I was 12.
They focus on her butt a lot too.
She’s dancing and grinding on a mannequin. This was all to reveal that she has a life beyond nursing school where she dances at Panda…oh and she abandoned her daughter when she was six months old, and her mother is trying to adopt the little girl now.
In the second clip from the pilot, right after a commercial break, there is this long shot of one of the girls bodies while they lounge around on a 90° day.
Our little dancer rings water on herself.
Ok, thats enough. Real nurses who didn’t play ones on tv were PISSED at this show, and the negative articles starting rolling in around March of 1990:
Carol Grimaldi, a spokeswoman for the nurses association, says
“Nightingales“ belittles the profession by portraying the future nurses as “little sex kittens.“ “Why don`t they just go ahead and do a show about lingerie models instead?“ she asks bitterly.
Members are writing to get NBC to cancel the show and most letters probably echo a nursing instructor who said: “We do not want this type of image on TV. You`re reducing nurses to a bunch of sluts.“ 1.
By May of 1989, bowing to pressure, and advertisers pulling out, the producers said that if Nightingales was renewed for another season, the show would be “cleaned up”. 3. It was too late, and the show was canned a few days later.
1. "Sour Notes On `Nightingales`." Chicago Tribune, March 16, 1989. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-03-16/news/8903270408_1_nightingales-carol-grimaldi-american-nurses-association (accessed December 3, 2013).
2. Trafford, Abigal. “Prime-Time Women: Still Skirting Reality.” Anchorage Daily News, March 8, 1989. http://www.truthaboutnursing.org/media/tv/nightingales/anchorage_1989-03-08.pdf (accessed December 7, 2013).
3. “‘Nightingales’ cleaned up.” Kentucky New Era, May 5, 1989. http://www.truthaboutnursing.org/media/tv/nightingales/kentucky_1989-05-05.pdf (accessed December 8, 2013).
Bonus II because its December.
In part 3 of the pilot, Santa Claus keels over.