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Do No Harm: Season 1 (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 23

Do No Harm churns out cheesy writing with poor dialogue and ridiculous concepts.

13

Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 14

Do No Harm churns out cheesy writing with poor dialogue and ridiculous concepts.

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Season Info

Successful neurosurgeon Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) struggles to keep a lid on his dangerous alternate personality, known as Ian Price, but finds he can no longer control his lethal side: he's grown immune to the serum that's been controlling the problem for years. Ian is now running wild at 8:25 every night, threatening Jason's life and career, and everyone he knows. Phylicia Rashad costars as Dr. Vanessa Young, the head of the neurosurgery department.

Network: NBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 31, 2013

Pilot

Successful neurosurgeon Jason Cole struggles to keep a lid on his dangerous alternate personality, known as Ian Price, but in this drama's premiere finds he can no longer control his lethal side, who's grown immune to his oppressor's serum and can now run wild at the same time every night, threatening Jason's life and career, and everyone he knows.

2
Air date: Feb 7, 2013

Don't Answer the Phone

"Don't Answer The Phone", 2/7/13:Jason, furious over Ian's out of control spending, cuts off his cash flow, only to wake up at the wheel of a "borrowed" sports car with a trunk full of money and an angry drug dealer in his rear view mirror. HD Version

3
Air date: Jun 29, 2013

Morning, Sunshine

Ian breaks an important rule by beating up a man in a bar brawl, which puts Jason's medical skills to the test. Meanwhile, Jason tries to mend his relationship with Lena; and Olivia is unnerved by Ian's stalking.

4
Air date: Jul 6, 2013

Me Likey

Jason makes a deal with Ian that he can see Olivia, but only on the condition that Ian pose as Jason at a formal affair to honor Dr. Young, though the evening is nearly ruined by Ian's behavior, which pushes Lena away and puts Young's daughter in danger. Later, Olivia meets Ian in a hotel room, but it's a rendezvous he may soon regret.

5
Air date: Jul 13, 2013

A Stand-In

"A Stand-In," 07/20/2013: Ian falls for a woman in D.I.D. therapy, but when Jason suspects she has a life-threatening condition, he races to cure her - a cure that may mean she no longer loves Ian. HD Version

6
Air date: Jul 27, 2013

I Can't Keep Your Secret

Jason's secret is in jeopardy after he receives an anonymous text message threatening to expose him. Meanwhile, Olivia takes Cole to a place that reminds him of his father; and Jordan learns more about Jason's past.

7
Air date: Aug 3, 2013

Six Feet Deep

Ruben hires a gang to mug Ian to obtain a sample of his spinal fluid, which he believes can be used for a drug to eliminate him, but the plan hits a snag when Jason is blackmailed by the thugs to get rid of one of their rivals.

8
Air date: Aug 10, 2013

The Cookie Jar

A surgery goes past 8:25 pm due to complications, so Jason takes a chance on Ruben's new drug to keep Ian at bay. However, the effects don't last as long as they'd hoped, which turns out to be bad news for Lena and Olivia.

9
Air date: Aug 17, 2013

Circadian Rhythms

"Circadian Rhythms," 08/17/2013: Jason's early ingesting of the unfinished kill drug continues to have adverse affects, as Ian starts unexpectedly taking over his body during the day -- and vice versa. HD Version

10
Air date: Aug 24, 2013

Mine

"Mine," 08/24/2013: Jason, now aware that he has a son, desperately wants a relationship with him, but Olivia feels it's too dangerous and painful. HD Version

11
Air date: Aug 31, 2013

But I'm Allergic to Cats

"But I'm Allergic To Cats," 08/31/2013: In a desperate attempt to keep "his" son from Jason, he kidnaps him and hides him from both Jason and Olivia.

12
Air date: Aug 31, 2013

You Made Me Do This

"You Made Me Do This," 08/31/2013: After Jason collapses in front of Dr. Young, an MRI reveals Jason has a brain tumor. HD Version

13
Air date: Sep 7, 2013

This Is How It Ends

"This is How It Ends," 09/08/2013: Jason's brain surgery is about to begin, a neurotransmitter implant that will "cut out" Ian for good. HD Version

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (23)

While the pilot does as best it can to set up this retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, there are some aspects that need a good amount of polish to bring the show up to par. Or any semblance of par, for that matter.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Though I like Steven Pasquale, this is a weird show that can't entirely settle on a tone, covering the same modern Jekyll & Hyde territory that Steven Moffat's Jekyll handled so much better a few years back.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

It is so fast-paced and slickly produced, it could just be your new guilty pleasure.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Really, almost none of this works.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Do No Harm isn't flat-out awful, but it is high-concept to the point of being distracting and preposterous.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Do No Harm's biggest fault, besides lackluster dialogue, is its overall air of deep insecurity, a quality that's unfortunately too common on network dramas.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's a shame [the] message is buried beneath such ceaseless silliness.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's frustrating to see Cole's colleagues, who supposedly spend their entire lives thinking about the human brain, ignore the obvious dangers posed by his mental illness.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

TV should have a special rating that would cover shows in which some material is unsuitable for people under the age of 14 and all the material is unsuitable for people over the age of 14. That rating would be perfect for Do No Harm.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Do No Harm expects us to accept the dual-personality premise without grounding it in anything believable.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It gets tangled up on its own ambitions, taking TV's antihero craze to almost dizzingly schizophrenic new heights - a hero and an antihero in the same body!- before doing what the most banal of the antihero shows do: glorify the bad guy.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

A poorly-written show, with dialogue so cheesy you could use it for fondue.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Do No Harm isn't so bad. It isn't so good, either, but let's keep the glass half-full here.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Surprisingly dull given the edge of its concept, Do No Harm is yet another concept that could have been a home run on cable, where true risks are being taken, but feels neutered on network TV.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

The talented Pasquale gamely gives it a go, but the dialogue is excessively cheesy, with Price constantly tossing out double entendres about his condition, and the set-up is just too ridiculous.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

If only Harm had stuck with "strange" and not barreled right on past to "stupid."

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Poor Phylicia Rashad shows up as the head of neurosurgery, playing the part with all the enthusiasm of someone called to jury duty. Viewers will feel about the same.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Here's hoping Do No Harm gets toe-tagged sooner rather than later.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Pasquale plays the hunky perfect doctor nicely and De La Garza seems like she'd be worth his time. This bad-self business, though, does too much harm to what could have been a better show.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

While Rock Center didn't exactly set high timeslot expectations, failing to scare up viewers could liberate this latest good doctor from his evil half long before some wonder-drug ever does.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Given its overall ridiculous bent, Do No Harm would be better titled Heckle and Jeckle. They were vintage talking twin cartoon magpies who could be both mischievous and malicious. And in their own way, they made a lot more sense.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

In order for Do No Harm to make sense, it has to scale back on the far-out scenarios. And if it does that, then the premise disappears and we're left with a generic color-by-numbers doctor program.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Harm has an interesting concept, but the odds seem to be against its survival.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Part Dr. Jekyll, part Mr. Hyde and all dumb.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Do No Harm is a ridiculous show with plenty of lines of groaner dialogue.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NBC has had some problems launching new comedies, but at last it has a show guaranteed to have you falling on the floor in hysterics. Unfortunately, Do No Harm purports to be a dramatic series.

January 27, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

There's considerable charm in this medical-drama concoction, which comes with the usual generous supply of spectacular brain disorders nobody you know will ever get-and in Mr. Pasquale's Dr. Cole, a confident, dedicated surgeon.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

What really saves it though is Pasquale's charming portrayal of both characters, particularly his playful take on the evil Ian, who he imbues with dash of Dexter and a wink to American Psycho's Patrick Bateman.

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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