Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: September 17, 2014 — February 7, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Astro, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Mandy Moore, and Rebecca Rittenhouse.
TV show description:
This dramedy is the coming-of-age story of a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles.
The narrator of the show is Charlie (Griffin Gluck), a 12-year-old who’s in a coma. He introduces the audience to this band of unlikely friends.
Jordi Palacios (Nolan Sotillo) is the “new kid,” a 16-year-old who comes to California by himself to try to get treated by the renowned hospital’s top surgeon.
Charming and independent, Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe) is the 16-year-old leader of the group. His best friend is Dash Hosney (Astro), a 16-year-old rebel with a big personality. He’s determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life.
A know-it-all, 15-year-old Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo) is Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend. She’s coping with an eating disorder. Meanwhile, Kara Souders (Zoe Levin) is a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with comatose Charlie. Although her heart is failing, she is realizing for the first time that she actually has one and begins opening it up to her new friends.
The pediatric ward at Ocean Park is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer). She’s a caregiver who has a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. She ends up putting her own life in second place. Her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary.
Nurse Jackson has little use for naïve and gullible Nurse Brittany Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse), who allows the teens to get away with things they probably shouldn’t.
Overseeing much of the kids’ treatment is Doctor Adam McAndrew (David Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon.
Episode #13 — Waiting for Superman
The group copes with the loss of one of their own, which results in new hope for one of them. Love is in the air as Nurse Jackson and Dr. Naday take things to a new level, however Dash’s love interest could cost him his life. Shocking news leads to new hope and Emma and Kara start facing their family issues.
First aired: February 7, 2015.
What do you think? Do you like the Red Band Society TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?