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John Ellison, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor, finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy's life and killing one of his attackers. When... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Jessica Szohr ...  Gretchen Polk 10 episodes, 2015
Beth Riesgraf ...  Samantha Ellison 10 episodes, 2015
Gregory Fears ...  Nurse Tech 10 episodes, 2015
Lauren Stamile ...  Bridget O'Neill 10 episodes, 2015
Albert C. Bates ...  Oliver Ellison 10 episodes, 2015
Jason O'Mara ...  John Ellison 10 episodes, 2015
Vanessa Dixon Vanessa Dixon ...  Charge Nurse 9 episodes, 2015
Chris Chalk ...  Darius Bishop 8 episodes, 2015
Christine Horn ...  Sherry Perkins 8 episodes, 2015
Conphidance ...  CJ / ... 8 episodes, 2015
RonReaco Lee ...  Quentin Harper 6 episodes, 2015
Eric Edelstein ...  Jed 6 episodes, 2015
Esme Rebecca Susan Nix Esme Rebecca Susan Nix ...  Rebecca Ellison 6 episodes, 2015
Jaiden Byrd Jaiden Byrd ...  Antoine Tyler 6 episodes, 2015
Tim Peper ...  Kyle Hawkins 5 episodes, 2015
Brent Sexton ...  Robert Holden 5 episodes, 2015
Kevin Tighe ...  Gary Ellison 5 episodes, 2015
Anthony K. Hyatt ...  Ezera 'Easy' Tyler 5 episodes, 2015


John Ellison, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor, finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy's life and killing one of his attackers. When he learns the boy is still marked for death, he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost and discovers that his life and his outlook on medicine may never be the same. Written by USA Networks

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lesbian | 2010s | doctor | er | gun | See All (8) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

18 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Сложности See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Kevin Tighe who plays Dr Ellison's Dad played an EMT in a hit medical drama tv show in the '70s called Emergency. See more »

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Almost like an actioneer - well-done, paced, and plotted...
30 June 2015 | by jantoniouSee all my reviews

The context for "Complications" seems wild: A stressed-out ER doctor out for a drive comes upon a drive-by shooting. He ultimately saves the boy who is shot and kills members of a rival "Loco" (read: Mexican) gang who are coming back to finish the job.

Turns out the boy is not just a random ghetto statistic: He is the son of a prominent imprisoned gang leader. The E.R. doc - Dr. John Ellison, played very well by Irish actor Jason O'Mara - is unwittingly drawn in to their world and ultimately lives or dies at their behest.

Dr. Ellison bouncing from one admittedly absurd scenario to another forces you to either embrace the show as an edge-of-your-seat action-drama show or reject it as a ridiculous farce. Some will certainly choose the latter. Any drama - nor comedies or kids' shows, either - is nothing without conflict and "Complications" has plenty of it.

"Complications" was created by Matt Nix, the creator of "Burn Notice," one of my favorite USA shows - though admittedly the premise of "Burn Notice" wore quite thin after a few seasons. To Nix's credit he pushed the show into fairly dark territory as the stock show formula of Michael saving X person from bad guys and getting some form of revenge got pretty dull.

Now that Dr. Ellison in "Complications" is being setup as a kind of gangland doctor one wonders if Nix will follow something of a similar formula with various scenarios involving he and numerous somewhat or entirely outlandish setups where only the doctor can help.

It's great to see Beth Riesgraf - the very quirky Parker from the wonderful and frequently overlooked show "Leverage" - as Ellison's wife. Nix also seems to be drawing on some "Burn Notice" regulars as well, notably Lauren Stamile as another E.R. doctor (IIRC she played an FBI agent who was at first against Michael in "Burn Notice" but ultimately worked with him).

Whether you love or hate this show - I'm close to "really like" - there is no denying the direction, writing, and acting are all very good. Unlike a lot of pilots and new shows the actors seem incredibly comfortable and believable in their respective roles. The plots are at times pretty absurd - why doesn't the doctor, for example, simply go to the cops if a gang leader is threatening his life and that of his family? - but they're also designed quite well to keep you interested in the story. I have to wonder what direction they'll be taking next.

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