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The television series Trauma seemed to have all the right elements. It was gritty, well-written and well-acted. Plus, it had a great cast, but the series was short-lived. Initially, there were only thirteen episodes made and Trauma was cancelled only four weeks after it debuted. NBC did broadcast all thirteen episodes it had ordered before the cancellation. Also, the network changed its mind and ordered three more episodes, which also aired. The series finale aired in April of 2010.

Trauma was hard-hitting and highly dramatic and featured fast-paced action. The show centered on the lives and daily rescues made by several San Francisco paramedics and is very similar to another NBC show called Third Watch. Third Watch enjoyed more success than Trauma and ran for six seasons.

Trauma depicted the dangers of the profession and showed the toll it can take on those who work in this field. Peter Berg, the Executive producer, wanted to take the viewers on an adventure and this show certainly did live up to that premise. Week-after week viewers saw the dedication of the paramedics who went to extremes on land, sea and in the air to reach victims and try to save their lives.

The seven diverse paramedics were played by Aimee Garcia as former strict army pilot Marisa Benez and Cliff Curtis as rule-bending Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck. The two clashed at first but learned to get along as the show progressed. The rest of the cast were all rig drivers. Nancy was portrayed by Anastasia Griffith. Taylor Kinney played Glen, and Boone was portrayed by Derek Luke. Kevin Rankin played Tyler. Jamey Sheridan portrayed Dr. Joe who oversaw all the cases brought to him at San Francisco General by the seven dedicated paramedics.

The characters interacted well together, and it seemed as if Trauma was destined to be a hit, but the show never got the audience it deserved. Despite its short run, the action-packed, intense and gripping drama is not a bad show to watch and is sure to appeal to those who love a good drama.

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1 Season, 19 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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Trauma Full Episode Guide

  • A problem with dispatch creates chaos when medics are sent scrambling to the wrong locations. Marisa reconnects with her army buddy Casey but their visit takes a dark turn. Boone plans a surprise party for Tyler's birthday. Elsewhere, Nancy, who has a lot on her plate as she deals with a terminal cancer patient, ponders the next step with Rabbit in their relationship.

  • Glenn asks his co-workers to share experiences for his book.

  • Nancy and her father clash over his new role as head of the trauma center.

  • Nancy ignores protocol while treating a high-school cheerleader; Rabbit and Marisa are quarantined after being exposed to a patient with meningitis; a misunderstanding tests Boone's partnership with Tyler.

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