“The night shift is not like your day shift. It’s an undisciplined zoo. Last week, someone stole my cell phone and sent erotic texts to my dentist.”
This complaint, lodged by a hospital boss with some messages to explain, is par for the course on The Night Shift. The medical drama premiered Tuesday on NBC and follows doctors who take on crazy cases after dark — and have some fun doing it. Will you come back for a follow-up?
Before you let us know what you thought about the series premiere, a brief recap:
The ER-meets-M*A*S*H series follows Dr. TC Callahan, played by Irish actor Eoin Macken (Merlin). When he and the other fun-loving docs at San Antonio Memorial aren’t shooting hoops in the break room or juggling balls pulled out of peoples’ rectums, they are strictly business.
We first meet TC when he wakes up on a jail-cell bed after a bar fight. As the hour progresses, we learn that TC, an Afghanistan veteran who got himself kicked out of the Army, is a great doctor who manages to save a guy with a tree branch lodged into his stomach right in the nick of time.
There is, of course, one person who does not approve of TC’s unconventional ways: the aforementioned administrative boss Michael Ragosa (Six Feet Under‘s Freddy Rodriguez). With the emergency room on the verge of being shut down, Ragosa is all about cutting costs — even if it means refusing to admit a baby in desperate need of dialysis. TC loves to remind Ragosa that he is not a doctor, but what he and the other docs don’t know is that Ragosa was on track to be one — until diminishing eyesight forced him to quit medical school.
The graveyard shift is a busy one, so joining TC is levelheaded best friend Topher (Lost‘s Ken Leung). He is caring and will pull whatever strings he needs – like convincing an intern to go on a date with a plastic surgeon – to save his patients’ lives. He is also in charge of residents Krista (Jeananne Goossen, Alcatraz) and Paul (Robert Bailey Jr., Wanda at Large).
And then there’s Dr. Jordan Alexander (Royal Pains‘ Jill Flint), the new night shift chief and TC’s ex-girlfriend. She is a brilliant and passionate doctor and does her best to keep the peace between her “self-destructive” (her words, not ours!) ex and her hard-ass new boss. But Jordan isn’t the only one with romantic ties to the doc: Psychiatrist Landry de la Cruz (Daniella Alonso, Revolution) and TC are Docs With Benefits.
Rounding out the night shift is closeted gay war-medic-turned-doctor Drew (Roswell‘s Brendan Fehr) and nurse Kenny (JR Lemon, Shadow Love).
Now we want to hear what you thought. Grade The Night Shift via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.Follow @meganspinelli