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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: The medical drama based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) with the help of senior nurse Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzman), leads a group of first-year residents: Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Malaya Pineda (MelanieThe medical drama based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) with the help of senior nurse Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzman), leads a group of first-year residents: Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Malaya Pineda (Melanie Kannokada), Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) and Angus Leighton (Harry M. Ford), to help the most critical cases at a Los Angeles hospital. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 29, 2015
    83
    Not for the squeamish, but a well-done new medical drama.
  2. 75
    Action and the beginning of character development are both good signs.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 30, 2015
    67
    The show needs to work on building the urgency to its stories and cutting away the treacle.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 21, 2015
    50
    The ER is crowded with cases familiar from House, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Hope, and ER, and the doctors perform many near-miracles. And yet Code Black has a heartbeat. Gay Harden is fierce and vital even when spouting clichés.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 30, 2015
    50
    Harden is a fine actress, but the show’s writers too often give her heavy-handed lines that are the equivalent of cauterizing a head wound with a blow torch.
  6. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sep 29, 2015
    40
    The derivative Code Black takes elements from every medical drama before it, puts those aspects into a blender, and throws the results at the audience at high speed.... I'm not sure what Code Black is supposed to be about. It's a collection of rapidly moving medical cases with no real center.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 29, 2015
    25
    You'll find some fine actors here, Harden and Somerville among them, along with some whose continued employment may strike you as a mystery. Not that it matters much: Dr. Zorba returned from the dead would not have been able to breathe life into this stiff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Oct 22, 2015
    10
    Was unclear if I'd like this past the pilot but since sticking with it through four episodes, it has grown on me significantly. It's one ofWas unclear if I'd like this past the pilot but since sticking with it through four episodes, it has grown on me significantly. It's one of those shows you must pay attention to else you'll miss something important, but as long as you do pay attention, you'll find sheer brilliance in the writing, the acting (ahem, Marcia Gay Harden anyone??), and the depth of the humanity. It's gripping (especially this last episode (#4), and it's heading in a great direction, at least I hope, because this seems like a show with Emmy potential. Great ensemble cast and strong lead by MGH. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2015
    10
    Amazing writing and stellar acting/cast. Great stories and characters that draw you in every week! Can't wait for more. A worthy show with heart!
  3. Nov 1, 2015
    10
    I'm loving the way the writers are building up the characters, giving us little snippets every week. They developing relationships betweenI'm loving the way the writers are building up the characters, giving us little snippets every week. They developing relationships between Christa & Neal and Christa & Leanne have really drawn me in. Excited to see where the rest of the season goes. I just wish the wait between episodes was shorter. Engaging cast of Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth & William Allen Young. For me, this is the break-out show of the year Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2016
    9
    Very good medical drama. Like the characters and the actor's do a fine jobs in the roles they play, Really hope they give it a shot for nextVery good medical drama. Like the characters and the actor's do a fine jobs in the roles they play, Really hope they give it a shot for next year. The really cool aspect of this show is that it is based on a medical student's documentary of a busy LA ER during his residency training. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2015
    9
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the show! Cried at every episode based on humanity! Fantastic actors on the show and I look forward to it the new episode everyLOVE LOVE LOVE the show! Cried at every episode based on humanity! Fantastic actors on the show and I look forward to it the new episode every week! Hopefully there will be a NEXT season!! Awesome series, two thumbs up!! Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2015
    6
    Maximum drama with shallow dialog. Heroes diagnosing at warp speed, Doctors doing it all, to hell with nurses-except of course for Guzman theMaximum drama with shallow dialog. Heroes diagnosing at warp speed, Doctors doing it all, to hell with nurses-except of course for Guzman the top Sergeant to Harden's Colonel of Spec Ops-to hell with patient privacy, to hell with reality. Cookie cutter medical drama on steroids. Expand
  7. Oct 8, 2015
    0
    Disastrous. In more than one way!

    The amount of work that goes into this show does not warrant the output. So much time is spent on making
    Disastrous. In more than one way!

    The amount of work that goes into this show does not warrant the output. So much time is spent on making it "real" and "accurate" and upping the chaos that every other aspect does not get the appropriate attention in production.
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