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.

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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  1. Ms Kitty says

    Black Box is TV for intelligent adults and brings to light the complexities of the human mind. Not only is the script and content stimulating Kelley Reilly is a fantastic actress. All of the cast are perfect but you have to admit Kelley really does steal the show. Definitely moving this show to 8 p.m. was a bad mood and needs to be at the more appropriate 10 p.m. time slot. I will be extremely disappointed if this show is cancelled .

  2. says

    This show should have kept the 10:00 time slot because the ratings- as well as promotion FOR the show- declined drastically only after it moved to 8:00. Personally, I had trouble catching it at this earlier time. But I watched EVERY episode on-demand at LEAST 2 or 3 times- and would watch them over & over if still available. Every person I recommended it to loved it & became regular viewers- despite having never heard of it before. We NEED a show like this right now!!! We NEED a heroine like Catherine right NOW!!! I only say that because I, too, struggle with bipolar disorder- yet have struggled more to break into the field to treatment being a student of psychology & neurobiology myself as such is still discouraged in our society. The mental health system- which I’ve been navigating since 1999- is SEVERELY flawed simply BECAUSE there aren’t enough practitioners who have PERSONAL & PRACTICAL experience with mental illnesses themselves. I know I am not alone!!! My father was both a member of MENSA and a professor of psych @ a major university. He never sought treatment though, as it could’ve interfered with his career, and so he ended up committing suicide shortly before earning his PhD. This is not just about an entertaining & informative SHOW!!! We NEED the eyes and minds of America to open up and accept the fact that it “takes one to know one” in the TRUE practice of the human brain and the MIND which it contains!!!

  3. Anonymous says

    This show should have kept the 10:00 time slot as it’s ratings & advertisement dropped dramatically once it moved to 8:00. Personally, I had trouble catching it that early. But I watched EVERY episode on-demand at LEAST twice!!! And everyone I suggested the show to who hadn’t heard of it loved it and became regular viewers. We NEED a show like this!!! We NEED a heroine like Dr. Black!!! I say that as someone who struggles with Bipolar Disorder, yet studies psychology & neurobiology. PLEASE GIVE IT THE CHANCE IT DESERVES!!!

  4. Shazaan says

    This is an excellent show that sheds light on the many facets of mental illness: personal and professional life, the family members that strive to strike a balance between helping and enabling, the role of mental health professionals, and the opportunity for the workplace to remain open and diverse, yet appropriate for those with mental health challenges! The characters show compassion, creativity, and vulnerability as they portray doctors that practice medicine in spite of their own challenges (bipolar, agoraphobia, traumatic btain injury, and narcisim). Please keep this show!

  5. EFFIE says

    We have enjoyed this series and hope very much that it is renewed for another season. We all need to better understand this condition and this show helps us gain that.

  6. Kate says

    The Black Box is fast-paced, compelling, interesting and one of the more intelligent shows on air today. Please do NOT cancel this series!

  7. vs says

    Love this show. Well scripted. Very different from all other shows and needs more time on air so that people can have a chance to watch it. I tried to watch an episode but ended up missing the whole season entirely. Streamed the first season and can’t wait for season 2!!! Please keep the show.

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