Octavia Spencer plays Nurse Jackson, a sassy mother hen who is presumably not shitting in pies she’s feeding to the kids.
Dave Annable is Dr. Jack McAndrew. Justin Walker is looking good… a little older, but still looking good.
Astro plays Dash. He has cystic fibrosis. We can thank The X-Factor for bringing us someone named “Astro.” When I saw his name on-screen the first time, I immediately thought of the Family Guy episode where a grown and very drunk Elroy Jetson is sitting at a bar demanding, “TAKE ME TO ASTRO’S GRAVE!”
Ciara Bravo is Emma. She is anorexic (so she doesn’t want any “Goodies”), and serving white Zendaya realness.
Griffin Gluck is the comatose narrator of the show, Charlie.
Zoe Levin is out-of-this-world bitchy cheerleader Kara. She has something wrong with her heart.
Rebecca Rittenhouse is ray of sunshine Nurse Dobler.
Charlie Rowe is Leo, who had a promising soccer career on the horizon until cancer took one of his legs.
Nolan Sotillo is the spicy Jordi, who also has cancer and might possibly lose a leg.
Wilson Cruz is sassy gay man-nurse Kenji. I assume he is the counterpoint to Nurse Jackson’s sassiness.
Catalina Sandino Moreno is still full of grace as Jordi’s deadbeat mom, Eva.
Thomas Ian Nicholas brings his current crunchy granola mug as Charlie’s father, Nick.
Griffin Dunne is here, loud and clear, as wealthy patient Ruben Garcia.
The story of a group of kids that live in a hospital… a hospital that is supposed to be in Los Angeles, but in one episode, the kids are on the roof and that is clearly Atlanta in the background.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING
In the pilot, she is walking into work having just come from her local Starbucks. The name written on her cup is “Scary Bitch.” She screams at a taxi driver that nearly hits here as she crosses the street. She walks into the lobby and gets on the elevator. She is the only person on it, and there is a guy racing to get to the elevator. He calls out to her, “Hold the elevator! I’m late!” To which she responds, “Doesn’t mean I should be too.” and the elevator doors close. Yes, honey! We were living for Ms. Jackson!! But then we watched a few more episodes and…
YOU SHOULDN’T BE WATCHING BECAUSE
Octavia’s sassy Nurse Jackson is being watered down.
Also, the premise is wearing thin. Sick kids are not very interesting to watch on TV. Leo likes Emma. Kara mocks Emma because she doesn’t eat. Emma likes Jordi. Jordi hates his mom. Jordi thought Jack was going to take his leg. Kara wants to go to prom. Kara has power lesbian moms. Leo is jealous of Jordi stealing his thunder. Charlie talks to all the kids when they are under anesthesia (that’s right, there’s a fucking H in anesTHesia). Dash smokes pot all the time. Nurse Jackson is all tough love. Charlie’s father comes in and plays the guitar to him, much to Kara’s dismay. Everything by the way is much to Kara’s dismay. She is a fucking bitch. Does any of that sound exciting or even palatable? It shouldn’t because it isn’t.
I can’t find any solid information on its ratings, so I have no idea how the show is doing. I did see that when taking into account live + same day viewers, the pilot was seen by 9.9 million viewers. That’s not too shabby, I suppose. The World Series has kept it off the air for a minute. I may watch one more, but doubtful. Most likely this will be #onelessshow.
THE GRADE: the pilot: B+; every episode since: C-.