'Red Band Society' Review: The Cure For the Common TV Show

by Leanne Aguilera 10:15 AM PDT, September 17, 2014
Playing 'Red Band Society' Review: The Cure For the Common TV Show

Every TV fan knows that Fall is the most overwhelming season of the year. Why? One very simple reason: Too many shows and too little time. So we at ETonline are reviewing each and every one of the new fall TV shows to bring you our reviews on the good, the bad, the adorable and the just plain horrible.

Show: Red Band Society

When It Airs: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

The Biggest Stars: Octavia Spencer, you remember her as the Oscar-winning actress from The Help, takes the lead on this endearing series as Nurse Jackson. Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) plays a hunky/brilliant doctor, and the rest of the cast is made up of talented, yet relatively unknown teens who are so great that we're shocked we haven't seen them before. Oh, and did we mention that Steven Spielberg, yes the Steven Spielberg, is one of the executive producers on the show? Feel free to be impressed at any time...

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Here's What You Need to Know: Set in the pediatric ward of a hospital, Red Band Society follows the trials and tribulations of a group of teens who are battling serious illnesses, while still trying to live life to the fullest. There's a character for everyone to love: Cheerleader Kara (Zoe Levin) whose glare is so vicious, you'll swear she's stealing your soul with just one look, troublemaker (and weed enthusiast) Dash (Astro), Leo (Charlie Rowe) a cancer patient who oozes charisma, and Emma (Ciara Bravo), a brainiac with an eating disorder.

However, our hearts belong to one boy in particular: Red Band Society's 12-year-old narrator, Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who is telling this ridiculously charming tale from deep inside a coma. Leading the stellar line-up is Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson, a protective mama bear with an omnipotent knowledge of what is happening in her hospital halls at all times. Of all the pilots we watched this season, (And trust us, there were a lot!) this was the only show that caused us to keep looking at the clock to see how many more minutes we had left to cherish.

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If You Like… The heart of Parenthood, the teenage snark of Glee, and the raw ensemble talent of Orange is the New Black then you'll love Red Band Society.

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Bottom Line: Red Band Society perfectly toes TV's categorical lines with equal parts of life-threatening drama and laugh-out-loud moments. It's a dramedy that has the potential to smash our hearts, and warm our souls — the perfect blend that all TV shows should strive for.

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