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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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Bobbiec July 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

I love it. I think it is a great dramatic series. I would love it to come back. I think people in general should learn more about psychiatric disorders.


Laurie July 25, 2014 at 12:43 am

When will the new season start? Need more shows!!! Too few episodes. This is better than any show on ABC except Castle but I like Black Box better. Gotta find out how Dr. Black gets back to the Cue after that B word stabbed her in the back out of jealousy.


Delores W Chambers July 25, 2014 at 12:41 am

Please renew its an awesome show and great actors
and actresses like. I’d be very sad if it was canceled. .


Gina July 25, 2014 at 12:31 am

Love this show! Please keep it!


Lynda July 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Love this series. Please renew


Sylvia Stein July 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I believe this show should be renewed it covers captivating and it deals with the subject of mental illness which is often so polarized in today;s world. I also like the fact that the main character of Katherine Black is herself bipolar and has to deal with her own inner demons of her own life as she treats her own patients.


Helene July 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Please re-new this intellectual TV program about metal illness . It is portrade very realistic. Thank You


jerry July 24, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Please keep it


Masie July 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I am so happy that there is a show that covers a (once taboo subject) of mental health. Many people in the world live with mental disorders and they shouldn’t be looked down at. I myself have Clinical Depression and my girlfriend is Bi-polar. We live with struggles everyday. Now I’m not saying that all people that are Bi-polar act as Catherine on the show, everyone is different.


Alda Mills July 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm

PLEASE Renew this amazing believable series !! My friends and I love it!! thank you


Jane July 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Fantastic show.please renew


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Kathy B July 24, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I absolutely love this show. Iam hooked. Please RENEW


Robin July 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Very interesting, captivating and educational series…..the mental health system has been neglected, ignored or frowned upon for so many years. Shows like this bring awareness about neurological and mental health disorders and can help provide struggling families out there with knowledge, guidance and support. Well produced, talented actors….it’s a keeper in my opinion :-)


Toni July 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Hope this show is renewed for a second season.


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