Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Now Available on DVD -- The Mob Doctor: The Complete Series (Review)

 It’s not her debt. But she’s paying the price.


Starring Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, Zach Gilford,
James Carpinello and Željko Ivanek

"FOX’s medical drama THE MOB DOCTOR – based on Ron Felber’s novel “Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor” – will arrive on DVD March 12th when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases THE MOB DOCTOR: THE COMPLETE SERIES. The series introduces Dr. Grace Devlin, played by Jordana Spiro (TV’s “My Boys”), as a young surgeon torn between morality and an unpaid family debt to a Southside mob boss played by William Forsythe (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”). Rounding out the ensemble cast are Zach Gilford (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), James Carpinello (The Punisher) and Željko Ivanek (TV’s “Damages”). Series’ guest stars include Michael Rapaport (Cop Land), Michael Madsen (Donnie Brasco), Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Terry Kinney (Promised Land), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed) and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance).

THE MOB DOCTOR: THE COMPLETE SERIES contains all 13 episodes in a three-disc DVD set. Produced by Sony Pictures Television the series was created by Josh Berman and Rob Wright (both TV’s “Drop Dead Diva”). Berman, Wright, Michael Dinner (TV’s “Justified”) and Carla Kettner (TV’s “Bones”) serve as executive producers.

SYNOPSIS Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro, TV’s “My Boys”) is a promising young surgeon working in Chicago's most preeminent hospital.  Still, she can’t escape her Southside roots.  With her kid brother facing a mobster’s wrath, Grace makes a deal and agrees to work “off book” for the infamous Chicago Outfit.  As Grace’s “day job” forces her to take on emotionally compelling cases – a convict determined to donate his heart to his estranged daughter, a whole family injured in a horrific hit-and-run – she is also forced to deal with mob-related tasks, doing emergency medical procedures in back rooms, treating mobsters hiding from the law, and even working on a stolen thoroughbred only hours before he's due to race. Through it all, Grace fights to keep her dual life a secret… except from the one man who knows Grace best -- Southside mob boss Constantine Alexander (William Forsythe, TV's "Boardwalk Empire"), whose relationship with Grace is more than it seems."


Family Secrets
Protect & Serve
Sibling Rivalry
Change of Heart
Turf War
Game Changers
Fluid Dynamics
Life and Death


My Thoughts:

Ever since ER went of the air years ago, I have been searching for medical television series that was just as entertaining.  A friend turned me on to this popular series, which I was reluctant to watch at first, once I hear it was about about the Mob, and not just a full-fledged medical drama.  But, the way in which my girlfriend described the show, peaked my curiosity, and made me want to tune in and check it out.  And, I am so glad that I did, as it really is a great television series, and one that has you hooked and wanting more episodes.  Because I only tuned in at the tail end of the series, I couldn't wait for the complete series to become available on DVD, so that I could see how the show began and what I missed in the middle.

Just last week, I received an advanced screener copy of the Mob Doctor: The Complete Series to review, and spent the better part of the weekend watching the episodes that I missed.  If you like roller coaster type movies and television series, then you will love The Mob Doctor, as you never know what will happen next.  And, usually what you are expecting to happened doesn't, throwing you for a real loop, yet making you want to tune in more. :-)

Usually I space out viewing of complete seasons/series over a few weeks, as I don't have that much down time (except in the wee hours of the night/morning).  But, once I began watching this new DVD release, I couldn't stop.  Yes, I may have had raccoon eyes by the morning, but come Monday AM, after a weekend stint starting Friday and lasting through Sunday of late night viewing, I watched all the episodes that made up this complete series.  Now, I can finally talk with my girlfriend about past episodes, as I previously asked her not to talk about until I was able to see them.  And, boy do we have a lot to talk about. :-)

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.

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