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Black Box

Black Box TV show on ABCNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 24, 2014 — July 24, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kelly Reilly, Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, David Chisum, Laura Fraser, Siobhan Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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TV show description:
This dramatic series revolves around uncovering the mysteries of the human brain —
Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is a world-famous neurologist who is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game. However, few know that she’s also bipolar. The medical director of The Cube, this complex woman draws patients from all over the world. Outside of work, she keeps multiple secrets from her family and loved ones.

Doctor Ian Bickman (Ditch Davey) is a brilliant neurosurgeon and a known womanizer. He’s handsome and funny but his work comes first. He’s always treasured his freedom — until he met Catherine.

On the other side is Will Van Renseller (David Ajala), a handsome and trailblazing new chef in Brooklyn. He’s smart and ready to settle down with Catherine but her secret may derail their happiness.

Doctor Owen Morely (Terry Kinney) is the chief of staff and department chairman of The Cube. He’s Catherine’s former teacher, current boss, mentor and a fellow neurologist. He’s a true gentleman. Lina Lark (Ali Wong) is an intelligent and eccentric radiology technician who’s hiding a secret of her own.

Joshua Black (David Chisum) is Catherine’s best friend, confidante, and brother. He’s her protector and stands by her side, keeping her rooted along. His wife is Reagan (Laura Fraser). She’s a complex woman who sometimes finds it a struggle to stand by and support Catherine knowing all her secrets. Things are more complicated by the fact that her teen-age daughter, Esme (Siobhan Williams), looks up to her aunt.

Doctor Helen Hartramph (Vanessa Redgrave) is Catherine’s very intuitive and insightful psychiatrist. She’s more than just Catherine’s doctor, she’s also a mentor. She knows more about Catherine than anyone else, and holds the key to her mysterious background.

Series Finale

Episode #13 — Consequences
The police pick up Catherine half-naked in the woods after she stole Bickman’s car. After undergoing treatment in rehab, Catherine returns to face the fallout at home and at the Cube. Joshua tells her that he can’t be her enabler anymore. Catherine returns home to her apartment. It’s in shambles. Joshua reminds his sister that she’s a lot stronger than she thinks she is.

Bickman gives Leo his coveted letter of recommendation. He later gives Catherine a big hug upon her return. He knows she’s bipolar. He also knows that she needs to fight for her job. He’ll back her up. He’s her friend. Owen is agreeable to having Catherine back at work, though it isn’t without strict parameters, making it a challenge for Catherine to earn her credibility back.

Owen gets the background on Catherine from Dr. Hartramph. There will always be risks of having her work at the Cube. Of course, there are great rewards, too. Back at the Cube, Truman is a young man who believes he has a doppelganger. Catherine is treating him under the watchful eye of Owen, who ultimately turns over the case to Farrah. A short time later, he realizes Catherine’s assessment of the situation is on target.

Nurse Carlotta is jealous now that Catherine is back. She believes Bickman is in love with her. Catherine shows up at Bick’s place asking to turn back the clock. She doesn’t wait around to hear his answer once she sees Carlotta is there. Bick later explains that he was just trying to get Catherine out of her mind.

While trying to get her life back on track, Esme’s biological father, Johnny, arrives and is in desperate need of a transplant. Catherine is faced with the difficult decision of having to reveal the truth to Esme about who her real parents are. Reagan agrees to break the news but without Catherine present. Esme is angry, but agrees to the transplant.

Catherine finds Johnny unconscious in his apartment. Time is critical now. Too bad Esme is nowhere to be found. That’s because she’s hiding at Will’s restaurant. The two of them show up at the hospital. Esme is ready to meet her biological father, but she wants her real dad and mom to go with her. Catherine is left standing in the corridor alone.

Owen lets Catherine know that he’s not going to second-guess her anymore. Later, news comes in that Esme is a good match for Johnny. She’s still not ready to talk to Catherine, who gets more bad news from Owen. Carlotta came to him with allegations that Dr. Black duped her into filling a prescription for Oxy that she ended up using for herself. Owen steps up to Catherine as she watches Bick operate. He tells her that she’s fired. (Description courtesy ABC.)
First aired: July 24, 2014.

What do you think? Do you like the Black Box TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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{ 469 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa November 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I am disappointed! I looked forward to this show every Thursday night! I am sorry to see it go!


lee November 25, 2014 at 3:09 am

enough of reality, Black Box was a good show. It’s important to get people to be more comfortable with mental illness. IT’s out there and needs to be understood, not feared, ridiculed, or belittled.


Jackie November 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I really enjoyed this show and so sorry that it will not be renewed. There are so many reality shows on TV now that are mind numbing but they bring those back and create new ones. Shows like this should be given a chance, please bring it back.


Hope November 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

loved the show. It was my favorite. It was different than any of the others out there. VERY sad to see it not coming back.


Anonymous November 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Bring back! Fascinating!


Sasha November 6, 2014 at 12:57 am

I’m about to the point I don’t want to start watching any new shows. It seems like new series aren’t really given a shot to draw an audience and are being prematurely cancelled. Other shows I’ve enjoyed that were cancelled fairly quickly were: Drop Dead Diva, Witches of East End, The Lottery, Whitney (starring Whitney Cummings, and there was a show after it that I can’t remember the name of that Chelsea Handler was in that was pretty funny), and I’m sure there are more I can’t think of at the moment, but I know I was upset at the initial cancellation. I loved Rules of Engagement, and it just sort of disappeared. I really liked Black Box because it shed light on Bipolar Disorder, which I have. Although it is considered a mental illness, the show portrayed a side of the disorder that most people don’t consider; you can be Bipolar and still be extremely intelligent and a productive member of society. It also showed the dangers of not taking your medication, which along with counseling, can let you live a completely normal life; I’m a mom, a college professor, and a copy editor. I also build websites, which includes my husband’s fishing guide service and my website for handmade jewelry. While on the path that works for me (an anti-depressant, an anxiety medication, and therapy), I’m highly productive, I’m educated, and I’m happy. Off my chosen path, I can’t get out of bed for days at a time, I’m highly OCD, and very unreliable in general. The show did more heavily emphasize the manic side instead of the depressive side, which is an all too real struggle that you can’t just “snap out of,” but maybe after getting fired, they planned to show Katherine in a highly depressive state, in season 2, we will never know! Anyway, sad to see it go, I really enjoyed it.


Victoria Wray-Moss November 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I really enjoyed Black Box…Complex and unique, I thought that it was an interesting way to handle a topic that seems to be in the news quite a bit. Good news for those who suffer from bipolar disability. Great acting by a top notch cast. Would definitely watch if the series was renewed.


Lorraine November 5, 2014 at 1:54 am

Loved the show! Definitely different from all the rest. In the era of so many annoying reality shows, I was excited to find something that peaked my interest. Would love to see it come back!


patty k. October 29, 2014 at 5:52 pm

My friends and I adored this show. A beautiful and brilliant physician. Acting was believable and we looked forward to the show every week. Please BRING BACK.


Bud October 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I liked the show very much ,it should not have been canced. I would like to see second season.


Paula October 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The Black Box was a great show with an above average intelligent viewer. Perhaps in this age of “dumbed down” reality shows, it was just too much for the average American. It’s a real shame.


Lorraine November 5, 2014 at 1:55 am

Couldn’t agree more!


anonymous November 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

That is why I loved it. It was enjoyable to someone with some brains. I can not stand reality shows.


Gail jeznach October 28, 2014 at 3:44 am

Wish black box would ve been renewed great show very interesting story line like the characters bring it back


Hospicegal October 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I loved this show…sexy, intriguing and a must see. I hate this, shame..shame!


Pam October 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Black Box should not have been cancelled. It’s one of the few shows I have been waiting anxiously to see if it was renewed. I was so sad when I just saw that it is being cancelled.
Enough is on TV about crime, gangs, zombies. This show was real, about real disorders people have. It put a focus truly on mental health and how it impacts real people’s lives. Shame on you for not renewing it.


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