The Mob Doctor (FOX) Series Premiere Advance Review


FOX debuts its latest drama, The Mob Doctor, tonight at 8 pm ET and I have to admit, it is way more involved and enthralling than I expected.

The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as resident surgeon, Grace Devlin, who works in a Chicago hospital. There she is top of her class and trusted with almost any surgery by her chief, Dr. Stafford White (Zeljko Ivanek). She has a small close knit community of friends and one very sharp and loyal nurse, who keep her sane and watch over her. None of them, though, know that she is paying off a debt to a Southside mob. The payment includes caring for members of the mob injured in the line of duty. She goes to their homes, back rooms of animal hospitals, and anywhere she won’t be seen in order to get the job done.

While watching the first episode of The Mob Doctor, I began looking for the usual cliches. Tough girl from a working class neighborhood? Check. Meddling Mom nosing about in love life? Check. Patient coding on table immediately after risky but successful surgery? Check. As I was making note of these, however, the show shifted and the level of intrigue increased. Grace was asked to do something that even she had second thoughts about. More secrets were revealed about Grace’s debt, her family background, and even the workings of the mob. Then, the show became real interesting.

The Mob Doctor does not drag. It is fast paced and keeps you on your toes. Because stories move at such a fast pace, there are times that logic is flawed. For example, how is Grace able to get all of the medications she is giving to these mob guys without it being traced? Or how is she able to leave the hospital so much while on shift to run “errands?” The other things that get left behind in the rush are the medical stories at the hospital. Even though there were some unusual cases discussed, such as “outercourse,” they had to be wrapped up quickly to move on to the next story.

The Mob Doctor is not a show you tune in for purely the medical drama. It is not a show you tune into for the highly realistic factor. After all, there is a chase scene in the first episode. However, if you are able to sit back and just let it be what it is, The Mob Doctor is quite the ride. Not really expecting to like it, I plan on tuning in next week.

Watch The Mob Doctor tonight on FOX at 8 pm ET and then come back here and tell me what you think. Too much or too much fun?

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