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Night Shift won't make anyone forget the glories of NBC's ER at the height of its powers.
This seven-episode medical drama inevitably evokes past doctor shows. But Night Shift brings new twists to the story.
The Night Shift... is lively and moves quickly. Some of the characters, even the most stereotypical, are interesting and engaging.
It's the kind of manipulative, boilerplate material that you could use as a teaching tool at the school for TV hacks, in a seminar called "How to Be Bland and Formulaic." It is definitively generic.
The cast here is decent, especially Flint and Rodriguez, but the writing is unforgivably bad.
If a TV show goes over the top too often, it's eventually going to bump its head on the ceiling. And then it's going to get really loopy. That's what happens to NBC's new medical series The Late Shift.
NBC's The Night Shift delivers yet another standard procedure medical drama about attractive doctors and their ongoing sexual tension with one another.
The canned drama in The Night Shift fails to inject any new life into this very worn and tired genre.
The Night Shift's pilot suffers from a wandering script that adheres to archetypes over fleshed out characters.
Things are so unsurprising in the pilot you expect even the new show is suffering from summer rerun syndrome. Generally, it makes one appreciate better shows like Nurse Jackie, Getting On or Children's Hospital.
Audience Reviews for The Night Shift: Season 1
Jan 17, 2021Acting is good, but this series only works if you know nothing about working in healthcare. Punching colleagues, and shouting at patients would just get you sacked
Jul 11, 2020Acting not believable... At all
Jun 22, 2020This is a rough one. Dont get me wrong, the acting itself is decent, however, the writing is a dumpster fire rolling downhill in san francisco. The big I had was that they tried to cram a whole bunch of drama and events in such a short time frame. Events that should have been drawn out through a whole season play out in one or two episodes. They definitely learned to space it out a bit in season 2 and later on, but season 1? Official diagnosis: Excessive Pilot season syndrome
Apr 12, 2020Pathetic writing. Cliched scenarios. Not even worth watching as background noise.
Jan 19, 2020honestly my fav show atm
Oct 20, 2019It passed the time, but you really need to suspend thinking about the inaccuracies of the medical parts of the show. The hail Mary last minute crazy ideas in this show would get a doctor in Seattle Grace fired.
Jun 18, 2018Absolutely ridiculous portrayal of healthcare professionals. They're trying to show the comradery and work hard/play hard attitude of a busy ER, but they too much over the top to the point where it's not believable and just stupid. While docs and nurses sometimes push rules or standards to help patients or get frustrated with "bad" patients, these people do things that would have them lose their licences all the time.
Apr 18, 2018The show got off to a slow sTart but picks up quickly. It has good action, humor and a great And talented cast.
Jan 08, 2018Compelling characters and a great premise of a PTSD-suffering veteran staff but those are both butchered by poor writing and over the top plots that are needlessly escalated in their ridiculousness.
Jul 21, 2017While dramatic and occasionally touching, this show is an idealistic take on emergency medicine written by someone who doesn't know how any of this operates; and we're supposed to take it seriously. The protagonist is a Marty Stu of a doctor who seems to spend every scene he's in name-dropping his war experiences, making females swoon, or committing malpractice en route to saving lives. And each time, the show tries to justify his actions by playing to the sympathies that helping others is the only goal. Anyone who has experiance in emergency medicine, or even healthcare in general need not apply. Find a medical comedy instead.