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. Barbara says

    PLEASE RENEW BLACK BOX . Myself . ( an RN) An adult daughter ( with a history of mental illness) AND a Grandaughter who’s in college and interested in neuroscience. ARE ALL ENJOYING THE SHOW ALOT . Of course the LEAD CHARACTER DR Black ( KELLY RILEY ( and her personal complex side ) AND THE neurosurgeon story line give it just the right amt of sex appeal … Etc etc etc. AND THE JAZZ SOUNDTRACK IS PERFECT TO SET THE MOOD OF PARTICULAR SCENES

  2. Kathy W. says

    Please do not cancel this show. Last night was the best episode yet. Three great illnesses dealt with. Bickman cannot handle a relationship & focus on his work. Will is moving on. Catherine’s brother is giving up on her. She is struggling to manage her illness, her work & maintain a relationship. Please give it time to find a larger audience. This is a show that makes you think. So much junk out there.

  3. says

    DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW !!! It’s the only TV show on that you do have to use your BRAIN to understand it and that’s not what the American is into anymore they want to only look at programs or movies or games that only have murder and violence it’s sad!

  4. Cpan says

    Love the show! Agree that it opens up a whole new perspective for people with mental illness. Great characters. Don’t cancel.

  5. Eileen Coyne says

    DO NOT CANCEL this show ,I love it. I am sorry I missed the beginning of it. Why only 3 months of this. ?

  6. Melissa says

    I do not like the show. Propaganda when it comes to vaccines! They must be getting a kick back from pharm companies .

    • Robin says

      I am truly hoping that in the next season they write in medical marijuana treatments for Catherine’s bi polar and other various alternative medicines for The Cube neurological patients as well!

  7. Margaret B. says

    I Love the show…don’t cancel! I find it interesting how such a successful doctor can be so torn in her personal life. Keep the show!!!

  8. Verna says

    This show is well written & acted — very entertaining. I look forward to it every week. I look forward to next season !!

  9. says

    I love the show, the show give hope to People that suffer from any bipolar disorder are any mental illness .it show that a person with any mental illness can also be intelligent, and can become successful. In the world as long as you take your medication.

  10. Les says

    How brave to create a show like this. Don’t cancel now. It seems as though if a show isn’t a cookie cutter, re-creation of what has already been done, it gets cancelled. This show is also of benefit to those dealing with mental illness – a great step in removing the stigma.
    Keep it on!

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