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With a lot of medical dramas out there, this one has a different take.
Grace is a resident at a Chicago hospital and a respected surgeon. She
is a likable character. She does what she thinks would be the right
thing to do. It gives you very little of her background though.
Grace helps her brother out with his debt to the Mob. Now, she has to moonlight for them. The pilot did seem a little rushed. An extra half hour could have been nice to gather background information on the characters before throwing us into the Mob plot. The beginning and ending of the episode gave us a little insight, not much. It was a decent pilot and I hope the rest of the season turns out to be good.
I don't usually comment on TV series, but for this I had to.
There are a lot of doctor shows out there, but when you think of something that shows actual medical cases and real dilemmas, very few actually come up. ER and Grey's Anatomy type shows focus on the people and ignore the medical issues consistently and the likes of Dr.House focus on the brilliancy of the lead character and eventually come to avoid medical information altogether. Both types care more about the imaginary emotional problems of the main characters than for the actual characters. One could easily replace the doctors with high school hall monitors or street cleaners and not change a bit of the script.
Not so The Mob Doctor, where the lead character has to juggle her connection to gangsters and her usual high profile medical doctor job. She has both strange cases with limited resources outside of hospital and medical highlights inside, where all the equipment and tests are useless without a good doctor inspiration.
OK, the show is not perfect. The mob operations are ridiculously obvious and the way the doctor gets out of work without anyone raising eyebrows is also quite incredible, but overall the show brings a lot of the stuff that others ignore completely. This series is not bad and certainly did not deserve a cancellation after only one season, with no chance to improve.
The only cause I can find is that the female doctor in the show was not ravishingly beautiful and did not really have a romantic life. A professional that did her job well, discreetly and did not want to get into other's people business robbed the masses of their portion of gossip and monkey clan business and so they switched to the likes of Emily Owens. That's a shame, really.
It truly is a shame that such a well put together show will most likely
be dropped simply because it's a doctor show that steps out of the
'box' that people are used to.
I thought that the chemistry between the cast was dead on, the character development was brilliant, the plot was unpredictable and creative, and while it dealt with the mob it also maintained it's interesting medical backdrop. The main character alone, has so much going on that it's easy to stay interested. I mean she is a women from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make a name for herself in a big city hospital, while also trying to protect her family from the mob, and on top of it all she has to not only find, a way to NOT get so attached to her patients, but she also has to figure out a way to keep some semblance of a social life (i.e - boyfriends, friends, etc.)
I mean yeah, the show is based on a doctor who is indebted to the mob but that isn't that far fetched of an idea...nor do I find anything in the show to be unrealistic. I think that the way that they didn't handhold us viewers through the whole process of introductions and just plunged us right into the action of the show, while slowly feeding us details about the characters as the show progresses was a great idea (imo).
Anyways, I think that people should stop expecting this show to fill the big shoes that "House" left behind and just go into it with an open mind.
There's not to many shows out there my son and I like watching together but the mob doctor was one of them. I was very disappointed when I heard they were canceling it. We don't like or watch reality shows and it seems like that's all that's out there. It seems that way anyway. My son also developed a crush on Dr. Devlin. It seems this series has a little of everything. Medicine, drama, love,family & criminal activity. Not to mention conflict in the workplace (hospital) What does it take for a show to make it? I wish I could get an answer to that question I would of like to see Franco and Grace make it as a couple and Constantine brought to justice There's never enough time.
4.0 stars !
That's what this show was rated at IMDb a couple of days ago. Now it's 5.4 stars, and climbing. This also happened to "The L.A. Complex" (which is one of my favorite shows) and others. Seems like some group or person has hacked into the rating system here.
I don't usually like mob shows or movies, but the rating was so ridiculously low that I had to see for myself. And I was pleasantly surprised. I liked Jordana Spiro from "My Boys", and she's still gorgeous and did a good job here (s01e01) too.
As a fan of medical dramas (Grey's, Private Practice, Royal Pains, Saving Hope), I think this compares well. And I plan to watch at least a couple more episodes in the hopes that it continues to do as well or better that the first episode.
I am enjoying this show and it fills in the Fox Broadcasting hole that
was left by the departure of House. The dilemmas Grace must face to
fulfill her debt to the mob, stay under hospital radar when she needs
to use their equipment and also follow her conscience to her oath as a
doctor put her in some tough situations. Does she kill a mobster on
orders from the people she owes? How does she fix up the guy that she
knows just caused a family great pain and anguish and still live with
herself? Grace faces all this and more. The show is gaining an audience
in the 3 or so weeks it has aired. The cast is good and the show is
well done. The premise is interesting and plot twists are not always
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Time will tell, but it looks like a good show to me. I like medical
drama/mysteries/suspense/adventure. This has it all with the mob twist
that makes it interesting and even more intriguing and suspenseful to
watch. Good Dr. "Grace" is a thoracic surgeon trying to do her best
juggling the demands of her job and her obligations to mob in Chicago.
There's no rule book-Grace must face a moral dilemma in each case as
she goes along, always trying to balance her conscience with what is
the right and wrong thing to do. The stress she feels lets the audience
feel her pain and frustration which draws people in to this new TV show
that seems headed for success.
9:00 PM Mondays on FOX
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The pilot gives us quite a bit to chew on. Lots of action and suspense. I was impressed by how it developed and the pacing could not have been better. More than anything I really loved the acting by the lead actress Jordana Spiro. I must admit I am bias as she is good in anything she does. Her look and feel fits this show to a tee. There is also great acting from the rest of the cast, Wendy Makkenna and Zack Gilford, I also detect it will have a soft side to it as the action slows to do human stories along the way. You will enjoy seeing scenery of the Chicago that does not make into most films and television. Over all I feel this will be a strong drama series based on, yes, just the first episode. Watch and enjoy.
Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is forced into working for the mob to
cancel a debt his useless brother Nate (Jesse Lee Soffer) incurred.
Only her connection to the mob boss Constantine Alexander (William
Forsythe) is actually much more personal than that.
It's impossible to zero in on one thing that was wrong with this show. It was a critical failure, a ratings failure, and filmed only 13 episodes. It was dead on arrival. Jordana Spiro is a nice comedic actress, but the character really had a limited range. Jesse Lee Soffer plays Nate who is probably the most annoying and frustrating character around. Then there is Paul Moretti (Michael Rapaport) who played the bad Mob guy. He's annoying. He disappeared for awhile and then returned. It was bad idea. They should either kill me off, or let him be a constant character. That kind of change really can screw up a serial show. The problems were just never fixed.
The Mob Doctor is a show I was looking forward to over the summer but
it died out quickly with me once it premiered. I really didn't care
what happened to any of the characters.
Jordana Spiro I like in certain roles like her in My Boys but it just doesn't really ring true as her playing a medical resident being forced to do back alley medical procedures on some mafioso's.
In the pilot episode they had Michael Rapaport as a mob guy who isn't believable as an Italian character in any way at all.
It's a show that might work better as a made for TV movie then an actual TV show itself.
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