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If you watch one show this season, make it 'Code Black'

This will be my last column for EW Community, and if there’s one thing I want to leave you with, it’s this: Make sure you’re watching Code Black.

CBS’s medical drama returns for its second season on Sep. 28, and it has done nothing but raise expectations for what we should get out of a hospital series. Code Black‘s model isn’t just, “Get patient, diagnose patient, save patient or not, and repeat.” It broke that mold by exploring all of the issues that come with being a part of the medical profession. Season 1 presented ethical dilemmas, doctor-patient disagreements, PR concerns, and an exploration of the business aspects that go into keeping a major hospital running. It’s an incredibly thorough series that offers so much more than any other program in its field.

That’s set to continue in season 2. As CBS announced in July, Rob Lowe is coming aboard to portray Colonel Ethan Willis, who’s part of the military’s Combat Casualty Care research program. Willis arrives at Angels Memorial Hospital to impart his knowledge to the staff, meaning that audiences will also get to explore the intersection of combat medicine and civilian medicine.

The staff at Angels remains positively first rate. Marcia Gay Harden is the brilliantly tough Dr. Leanne Rorish, who anchors not only her department but the entire series. Harden is one of the best actresses on the small screen, and Code Black is another fantastic performance from her. Season 2 will also see the return of TV’s most underrated bromance: Drs. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) and Angus Leighton (Harry Ford). These two characters seem like they shouldn’t be able to stand each other, but in truth, they play off each other so perfectly — perhaps because Hollingsworth and Ford are delightful actors who get better every week. Season 2 just gives them further room to be awesome.

Malaya Pineda (Melanie Chandra), Rollie Guthrie (William Allen Young), and Jesse Salander (Luis Guzman) are also back. Malaya went through the emotional wringer in season 1, and it will be interesting to see how she continues to come into her own in season 2, while Guthrie and Jesse will surely continue to provide the veteran wisdom that balances out the impulsivity of the younger doctors.

Meanwhile, Boris Kodjoe and Jillian Murray — whose characters, Campbell and Heather, are locked into blackmail drama— are now series regulars, and Noah Gray-Cabey, Emily Tyra, and Nafessa Williams are set to join as three new residents.

Another great quality of Code Black is its commitment to representing the many different perspectives amongst its ensemble. So many medical shows are packed with people whom audiences can barely remember; at Angels, every character has something to add to the story, and we often get to see how their points of view contrast.

The talent doesn’t stop there. Season 1 of Code Black racked up an impressive list of guest stars, including but not limited to Jeff Hephner, Beau Bridges, Michael Trucco, Annie Wersching, Tommy Dewey, Meagan Good, Christina Vidal, and cast members from The Lion King. All of their characters were well drawn and properly serviced. Who knows what remarkable people will walk through the doors in season 2 and what stories the writers will craft for them?

Which brings me to the third reason you can’t miss season 2 of Code Black: the quality of the writing. All the great ideas described above are just ideas unless the writing staff can truthfully convey them on the page. So much credit must be given to Michael Seitzman and his team for crafting scripts that not only set out to explore a concept but actually dig into that concept with both hands. Every episode feels like it’s asked the questions that the audience would ask and still leaves us asking ourselves other questions afterward. They give the actors, from series regulars to guest stars, enough material to do their best work. There is absolutely nothing half-assed on this show, and that’s what makes it stand out.

This show is CBS’s best drama since The Good Wife, and it has the potential to be as big a hit and to earn as many accolades, but it hasn’t gotten enough attention. Now is the time to pay attention, because Code Black deserves to be a much bigger hit than it is.

We’re in a golden age of television. We have the ability to make TV shows that can not only entertain us but inspire us and push the boundaries of what can be done. Code Black is one of those shows. From the biggest plot twist down to the smallest set detail, it’s a quality drama. But it also dares to be more. It tells intelligent stories and then dares to chase them wherever they go; it doesn’t succumb to the pitfalls of the average medical drama; it wants us to care about the patients as much as its doctors do. This show makes me excited about television, so if I can tell you anything, it’s that you need to be watching Code Black.

Code Black returns Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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