The Night Shift: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Calculated and cliche-ridden, The Night Shift is DOA.


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Air date: May 27, 2014
Air date: Jun 3, 2014
Air date: Jun 10, 2014
Air date: Jun 17, 2014
Air date: Jun 24, 2014
Air date: Jul 1, 2014
Air date: Jul 8, 2014
Air date: Jul 15, 2014

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Season 1 follows the lives of men and women who work the night shift at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Critic Reviews for The Night Shift Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

Night Shift won't make anyone forget the glories of NBC's ER at the height of its powers.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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This seven-episode medical drama inevitably evokes past doctor shows. But Night Shift brings new twists to the story.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Night Shift... is lively and moves quickly. Some of the characters, even the most stereotypical, are interesting and engaging.

May 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

The cast here is decent, especially Flint and Rodriguez, but the writing is unforgivably bad.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

May 22, 2014 | Full Review…
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NBC's The Night Shift delivers yet another standard procedure medical drama about attractive doctors and their ongoing sexual tension with one another.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The problem is that the bulk of the action and conflict are built around TC, who is a parody of a cliché of a stereotype.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The canned drama in The Night Shift fails to inject any new life into this very worn and tired genre.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Its hero is so obnoxiously awesome and self-righteous that I could only make it through half of the whopping eight episodes NBC sent out for review.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Night Shift: Season 1

Absolutely 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.

The show got off to a slow sTart but picks up quickly. It has good action, humor and a great And talented cast.

Compelling 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.

While 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.

This is a great medical drama series. It isn't as intense as Grey's Anatomy (or as good), but you will fall in love with the characters. Great show for Grey's lovers!

Trying so hard not to be ER and the only thing it has going for it is the small part that is like ER.

Having seen many medical shows, from ER, to Scrubs, to House, the Night Shift is nothing new. In fact, it steals plots from past medical shows, and attempts to act like they are producing something new and special. Have a patient come in incredibly sick, only to have an African American medical provider take care of them, only to realize the patient is full of neo-Nazi tattoos? ER did take almost 20 years ago now. The dreaded doctor fighting against a tough hospital administrator? St Elsewhere did it 30 years ago. A massive disaster thrusting everyone into panic mode? Every show has done it. Let's not get started on the realism of this show. There isn't any. From what I can deduce, it appears the producers, directors, and writers sat down, watched Grey's Anatomy to learn how to setup medical situations, and used that as their basis for medicine. We aren't talking about simple mistakes like the "Let's shock the patient in asystole" myth that many shows perpetuate (for those out there who don't know the steps at that point, its chest compressions, epinephrine, reassess. Defibrillation is only for shockable rhythms). I suggest the production staff actually set foot into a real emergency room. There they would learn that trauma or unstable patients involve whole teams of medical providers, not just one nurse looking worried while a doctor performs chest compressions. I suggest they realize random ER physicians don't walk away from a busy ER to perform a high risk surgery. And certainly, please, learn that scheduled surgeries aren't performed at night. These problems only scratch the surface, the Night Shift is about as realistic as Armageddon is at depicting physics and space flight. This show should be used to educate medical students on how NOT to interact with patients, or perform medical procedures. Then there's the characters. We have the pretty boy ER doctor, former military man who has his random flashbacks. He's supposed to be a caring, strong advocate for his patients, but his character is nothing but a slutty, cocky guy who thinks he's good enough to do anything. Then we have the tough administrator with a secret past, who is really a good guy. Really? The other characters are so extremely bland, the only difference is whether they have their mouth open or closed to a dramatic moment. In the end, this show will go down as another wasted attempt at making a bad medical drama. Without any redeeming qualities, not many should miss this show once it gets thrown into the trash heap.

I love this program, it's not the same crap you see in every other show.

I don't hate it as badly as the critics do, but I can't recommend it, either. This show seems to gleefully strive for every cliche it can sloppily toss on the heap. And don't even get me going on the medical unreality of this show, which makes Scrubs look like a study guide for interns. If you are bored out of your mind and don't have anything else to do (paint your nails? Walk your dog? Paint your spare room?) then sure, give it a try. Just don't say I didn't tell you so.

Good story lines and shocking twists. A little bloody, but hey, it's a medical drama.

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