The Lazarus Syndrome stars Louis Gossett, Jr. as brilliant, temperamental cardiologist Mac St. Clair. At present, St. Clair is at loggerheads with his chief surgeon, who gives every sign of being incompetent. St. Clair's dedication to his job causes ongoing friction in his private life. Made for TV, The Lazarus Syndrome was the 90-minute pilot for the series of the same name. It was first shown September 4, 1979; the series itself lasted until October 14.