Code Black

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (12,923)

Code Black was a medical drama that aired on CBS from 2015 to 2018. The show was set in the busiest and most notorious emergency room in the United States - Angels Memorial Hospital. The ER was nicknamed "Code Black" due to the overwhelming influx of patients that came in daily, leaving the staff with too few resources and too little time to attend to each patient effectively. This extremely busy and overwhelmed atmosphere made for a unique and dynamic show with intense action and medical emergencies.

The show was developed by Michael Seitzman, who was inspired by the documentary Code Black, which gave an inside look at Los Angeles County General Hospital's overcrowded emergency room. Seitzman created a show that portrayed the daily lives of the doctors and nurses at Angels Memorial Hospital, who frequently dealt with a high volume of patients, and the tough conditions that came along with it.

Rob Lowe starred as Dr. Ethan Willis, the new addition to Angels Memorial Hospital's ER team. Dr. Willis is a former military doctor who is brought in to shake things up within the department, bringing his unique approach and expertise to the table. Marcia Gay Harden played Dr. Leanne Rorish, the residency director who is constantly fighting against the system to do what's right for her patients. Luis Guzman played Jesse Salander, the head nurse who was responsible for keeping the chaotic ER running as smoothly as possible.

The show also featured a range of other talented actors who played doctors, residents, and nurses within the hospital. The characters played by Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Jillian Murray were all residents who were training under the supervision of Dr. Rorish. William Allen Young played Dr. Rollie Guthrie, an experienced doctor who had seen it all in the ER and was known for telling it like it is, no matter how harsh. Bonnie Somerville played Dr. Christa Lorenson, a single mother who was trying to balance her personal and professional life while being a hard-working ER resident.

Throughout the series, Code Black presented a range of intense and unique medical cases, including injuries from car accidents, real-life disasters, and even rare diseases that the doctors had never seen before. The show was realistic in its portrayal of the fast-paced environment of an ER, with the doctors and nurses constantly struggling to triage and treat all of their patients in a timely and effective manner. The show made sure to highlight the hard work and dedication that the staff exerted daily, often sacrificing their own well-being to save the lives of their patients.

The show also explored various ethical dilemmas that the staff encountered while treating their patients. They were often faced with tough choices, such as whether or not to continue treating a hopeless case or to override a patient's wishes for their own good. These tough decisions were often emotionally charged, and the actors did an excellent job of portraying the internal conflict felt by the characters.

Code Black also delved into the personal lives of the staff at Angels Memorial Hospital, showing the toll that the chaotic environment took on their personal relationships. The show highlighted the unique relationships that developed between the staff members and how they relied on each other for support in and out of the hospital.

Overall, Code Black was an intense and dynamic medical drama that accurately portrayed the tough conditions that medical staff often deal with in an overcrowded hospital. The show was well-acted, with a talented cast that brought the medical emergencies to life with gripping performances. Fans of medical dramas will enjoy this thrilling show.

Code Black is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (47 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 2015.

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The Business of Saving Lives
13. The Business of Saving Lives
July 18, 2018
Angels Memorial descends into chaos when a plane crashes into the 8th floor. Noa has a car accident and it is up to Mario to save her life and Willis admits to Rox that he needs her in his life and the doctors gather in court to support Leanne for her custody hearing.
As Night Comes and I'm Breathing
12. As Night Comes and I'm Breathing
July 11, 2018
Willis continues to tend to Rox's medical needs in San Diego and Leanne and Max's father go searching for Ariel. Also, when Noa reveals to Mario she wants to take a job offer in Philadelphia, and Campbell offers Mario the attending position at Angels, they realize their career choices will mean ending their relationship.
One of Our Own
11. One of Our Own
July 4, 2018
While rescuing an injured firefighter, Rox is hit by a drunk driver and rushed to Angels Memorial. Willis begins to realize his feelings for Rox and goes to great lengths to help her. Also, Leanne is excited to tell Ariel good news about her adoption.
Change of Heart
10. Change of Heart
June 27, 2018
Elliot fears the worst after hearing the emotional testimony by Detective Gomez's wife at his malpractice trial, but he hopes footage Diego shot for his documentary will change her mind. Also, Rox attempts to connect with Willis but he pushes her away, and Leanne attempts to comfort Ariel in the wake of a devastating loss.
Only Human
9. Only Human
June 20, 2018
Max is brought to Angels Memorial with breathing difficulty, and Ariel tells him she loves him. Also, Rox accompanies Willis and Martin to the funeral of an army buddy of Willis' brother, and Willis decides to get to the bottom of what happened to his brother's unit.
Home Stays Home
8. Home Stays Home
June 13, 2018
Mario joins Rox and Willis on the scene of a boat crash and, in Center Stage, Leanne works to save a brother and sister who drank boiling water through a straw as part of a challenge. Also, Max's father tells Leanne to keep Ariel away from his son after he finds them kissing.
Step Up
7. Step Up
June 6, 2018
Rox decides to make amends with her former step coach when she arrives to Angels Memorial with the local high school step team after a pyramid stunt goes wrong. Also, Noa pleads with Leanne and Campbell to try any other method before performing an emergency hysterectomy on a young teenage girl, who is experiencing complications after giving birth.
Hell's Heart
6. Hell's Heart
May 30, 2018
Willis and Rox are called to the scene of a wildfire in the mountains of Los Angeles to tend to the injured firefighters, and they choose to stay to look for a missing young boy who was separated from his father in the chaos.
Cabin Pressure
5. Cabin Pressure
May 30, 2018
Over the radio, Leanne and Jesse talk a young girl through how to use the supplies on board a small plane to build a makeshift defibrillator when her mom, the pilot, loses consciousness. Also, Rox and Willis are taken hostage at gunpoint while on their way to meet the plane at the landing site. Julitta Scheel, Marcia Gay Harden's daughter, stars as Ruby Harris, the young girl on the plane.
The Same as Air
4. The Same as Air
May 16, 2018
Elliot doubts his ability as a doctor when he's sued for his role in the death of a SWAT officer. Also, Willis and Rox arrive at a road rage accident resulting in multiple serious injuries, and Leanne discovers Ariel on an ice cream "date" with Max, a young patient at the hospital.
La Familia
3. La Familia
May 9, 2018
Jesse is in denial when his brother arrives at Angels Memorial in bad shape after being pinned down in a warehouse collapse, and further tests reveal he has advanced congestive heart failure. Also, Willis opens up to Rox about his brother who was killed in Afghanistan.
Better Angels
2. Better Angels
May 2, 2018
Angus and Mario treat a patient who is a self-proclaimed psychic and envisions the staff singing and dancing, seeing beauty amid the chaos at Angels Memorial. Also, Willis and Rox put their lives in danger to rescue a congressman and his staffer from a multi-car accident.
Third Year
1. Third Year
April 25, 2018
In the Season 3 premiere, a drug bust-turned-shootout tests the bravery of the doctors of Angels Memorial as they race to save a girl caught in the crossfire. Also, Willis shifts his focus to field medicine, choosing to work primarily on an ambulance with his new partner, paramedic Rox. And Leanne begins her journey to adopt Ariel.
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Code Black is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Code Black on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 30, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (12,923)