First Impression: 'The Mob Doctor'

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

First Impression: 'The Mob Doctor'

My niece Laura asked me yesterday if I was ready for Fox's only new drama series for the 2012-2013 TV season,"The Mob Doctor," and I sheepishly admitted that I hadn't even heard of it.

And now that I have, I'm sorry I did. Three words:


The sole reason I watched the damned thing was because of the presence of second-billed William Forsythe, and not even the old pro made this show even remotely palatable!

Trying to meld two small-screen staple genres, the medical (think "House M.D." and "Chicago Hope") and the mob (how could anyone think other than "The Sopranos?") script was dreadful and the narrative absurd!

I hated this show from start to finish, correctly anticipating every plot twist (and resolution) five-to-seven minutes before it happened, and wondered if his character having been killed off the previous evening on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," had led Forsythe to accept this role just to keep working.

Jordana Spiro

Perhaps the most annoying element was the lead, actress Jordana Spiro... I hated the character, I hated her wardrobe, I even hated her high forehead and hairline!

My neice has some serious 'splainin' to do!


1. Laura Spaulding-Dragon said...

I must admit the slate of new Fall shows is uninspired. But even so, it would not prompt me to check out "The Mob Doctor." The premises didn't sit well with me when I read the preview in the paper. After all isn't the primary rule of good doctorin' "First, do no harm?" I merely was inquiring as to whether you were going to suspend disbelief and give it a watch. I spent my TV time last night watching the Summer finale (and when did that start becoming a thing) of my latest guilty TV addiction, "Perception." Yes, yes, I know, it's the television equivalent of junk food but I like Eric McCormack as the mentally tortured, professor. And everybody deserves to snack on junk food once in awhile.

Chumped by my own niece! ack!
– Dean

2. Tugboat Bertha said...

Speir, congratulations. You have a very articulate niece.

It's not as if I had anything to do with that, but on behalf of Laura, her N'uncle thanks you.

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