The Mob Doctor - An Interesting Concept That Quickly Lost Its Appeal
February 18, 2013 12:53am CST
Before the start of Fall TV season last year, this show did not seem to get proper attention or promotion like some current new TV series such as The Revolution, The Following, and The New Normal. I could be wrong or biased. Looking at the trailer of the show, I thought this would be interesting to watch. So, I added it on my DVR. My thought of the series at first was a female doctor that was corrupt as she may side with the mob or a female doctor that put matters in her own hand (in other words like playing God). I thought this would be a twisted TV series. After watching couple episodes, I started to lose interest, but I kept on watching it. The story is still interesting. In almost every episode, it has a flashback of the female doctor's child version of growing up watching his dad kidnapped by a car, growing up without a male role model, and witnessing violence around her neighborhood. I would not be certain if many little girls would act calm at the scene of dead body. This somewhat calm and composed little girl (as I put it) turned out to be a medical student who was trying to establish her residency. She seems to have these elements: confidence, determination, risk taking. Another unusual or interesting part of this series is how the main female doctor's character's progress of education as a hospital/medical student. It seems like the mob boss that has connection with her dad fund her education. In return, she juggles between hospital responsibility with regular patients to the mob boss' request to attend those are illegal to go to a hospital. Without describing further, I was not surprised by FOX's decision to cancel the show. There are possibilities that could play a factor in its cancellation or its low ratings. Fall's Monday has some significant overload interests like Monday Night Football, The Voice, and few other shows that I cannot think of at this moment. Also, many viewers may not be quick into accepting another medical TV drama after House, which cannot be comparable. Another factor lies in its characters. The concept of medical student/doctor juggling with work responsibilities and mob's request is interesting, but somehow quickly or gradually lose appeal (just my take). The only interesting characters, in my opinion, are of course, the female medical doctor herself and the mob boss. The others don't seem to have much appeal. Feel free to say what you think of this show.
• United States
21 Feb 13
When I first saw commercials for the show, before it ever aired, I thought it would be a hit. It looked interesting. I never watched it because I already watched something else at that time. But I thought it would succeed. So that it was one of the first shows canceled kind of surprised me.
• Greenwood, Mississippi
26 Feb 13
I watched the entire season of the Mob Doctor and enjoyed it. I thought William Forsythe did a really terrific job playing the mob boss. I did find the aspects of the show dealing with the mob generally more interesting than the medical storylines (though sometimes those were interesting too). I agree with what you said about most of the characters not being very interesting apart from Grace and Constantine -- in particular, I felt that Grace's colleagues at the hospital weren't really fleshed out enough for me to care about them. I'm a fan of Zeljko Ivanek's and was happy to see him in the role of Grace's mentor at the hospital, but even an excellent actor can't work wonders if he isn't given enough quality material to work with. Still, I enjoyed the show and would've keep watching it if it had been renewed. However, the season finale was a good series finale too...it finished Constantine's saga.