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Hawthorne: Season One

Jada Pinkett Smith , David Julian Hirsh , Andy Wolk , Arvin Brown    Unrated   DVD

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After memorable roles in films like Collateral and Set It Off, Jada Pinkett Smith earned the clout to top-line a TV series. If TNT's Hawthorne gets off to a hectic start, it calms down in the nine episodes to come. In the pilot, a patient jumps off the roof, a homeless mother attacks the chief nurse, her daughter (Hannah Hodson) stages a protest, and her mother-in-law (Joanna Cassidy) insults her. Fortunately, the jumper (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's D. B. Woodside), her late husband's best friend, survives. Christina's colleagues at Richmond Trinity have concerns of their own: Kelly (Vanessa Lengies) lets people walk all over her, Candy (Christina Moore) has boundary issues, Ray (David Julian Hirsh) can't catch a break, and Bobby (Suleka Mathew), who uses a prosthetic leg, has qualms about dating. As in Grey's Anatomy, drama commingles with comedy, but with less bed hopping and repetitive dialogue. Some of the humor works (the banter between Ray and Candy); some doesn't (the sleazy payroll officer). Hawthorne distinguishes itself most when the nurses advocate for their patients, pitting them against doctors, social workers, and administrators who make fateful decisions without the same degree of familiarity (Alias's Michael Vartan plays the chief of surgery). A better name for the series, the product of Providence creator John Masius, might be Rebel Nurse. As written, Hawthorne's tireless crusader doesn't ring completely true, but Pinkett Smith, the daughter of a head nurse, invests her with the believable heart and backbone fans have come to expect--and Mathew offers an equally empathetic foil. Notable first-season guests include The Wire's Wendell Pierce and Scrubs' Judy Reyes, while extras range from six blink-and-you'll-miss-'em featurettes to an interview with Pinkett Smith, who praises nurses as "everyday people who do extraordinary things." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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At Richmond Trinity Hospital, Director Of Nursing Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith) Is Locked In A Battle Against Forces Far Too Large For Any One Person To Handle. Whether Fighting To See That A Homeless Woman Is Treated Like A Human Being, Talking A Close Friend And Suicidal Cancer Patient Off A Ledge, Accommodating The Clashing Egos Of The Hospital'S Talented Doctors And Administrators, Or Managing A Nursing Staff Of Grizzled Veterans And Idealistic Young Rookies, She'S The Much-Needed Conscience For An Organization That All Too Often Forgets Whom It'S There To Serve. Still Learning To Cope With The Death Of Her Husband And Make Peace With Her Powerful And Grieving Mother-In-Law, Christina Looks To Balance Her Pressure Cooker Career With Raising A Smart But Willful Teenage Girl As She Tries To Change A Broken System, One Patient At A Time.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HawthoRNe may very well be the next best tv medical drama June 22 2009
By Mr. Alan Chivers - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with Chris Caldara's suggestion that "St. Elsewhere" was "the template for all future television medical dramas"1. which changed how we perceived life behind the doors of a city hospital. The fragility of life exposed in "St. Elsewhere" took a gigantic leap forward in "ER", producing perhaps THE best television medical drama of our time. Now comes "HawthoRNe", a new story told from the perspective of a Chief Nursing Officer. I have followed this show from concept write-ups to TNT cable promotion, and I believe "HawthoRNe" to be the next BIG hit for the medical drama genre. Created by John Masius, whose other credits include "Touched By An Angel" and "Providence", and starring Jada Pinkett Smith, who heads a strong supporting cast, I have high hopes for "HawthoRNe", and anxiously await its DVD release !!!

1. Chris Caldara. "best tv series period" forum June 21 2009. TV Series Community at Amazon.com
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new shows Aug. 25 2009
By Lauren Michele - Published on Amazon.com
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I was skeptical when I purchased the first episode but this series quickly won me over. I've watched every episode now and will be sad when the season ends. As an actress, Jada Pinkett Smith sometimes lacks range in her character portrayals. She's the strong cocky female character. Even when she comes across more as Jada, than Hawthorne, the script is so strong it overshadows those momentary lapses. I certainly hope they've had enough viewership for another season. We've all seen several hospital dramas over the years, but this one centers more on the personal lives of the doctors ala Grey's Anatomy minus heavy emergency room environment. I'm really impressed. I did not expect to like this show so much.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show July 29 2013
By Warhammer - Published on Amazon.com
Very dramatic but my wife and I love it. Very good entertainment.Glad we were able to our prime status.We will be looking forward to the next season of Hawthorne.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ROMANTIC MEDICAL DRAMA July 14 2010
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
I ended up watching a few episodes from my friends DVD and after the first 2 I was hooked. I gave her the disks back and went and bought my own set. I just loved the characters and the plot is great. Jada has always been a good actor and should get more roles, she is simply phenomenal. I love Ray and Isabel helps make the show. But, Dr. Wakefield, totally has me hooked. That man can act and he is simply beautiful. If you want to laugh, cry, scream, and get butterflies then this series is definitely for you.
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollowood Depiction of Healthcare: Phony. Aug. 17 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Hollow--wood depiction is just that: fantasy scenarios geared to tug at the heart strings while falsely portraying heroes that care. This woman's portrayal of a chief nursing officer is all wrong: actual chief nursing officers and hospital administrators are NOT directly involved with patient care or patient case scenarios. Quite the opposite. And the average age of a floor RN (registered nurse) is 46 years of age----not one character in this series represents this population accurately. Plus, this series portrays nurses as having time to spend with their patients---which is SO NOT TRUE!!! Not one episode deals with nurse-patient ratio overloads, which is the main reason behind health care and medication administration errors, and patient injury/demise. And who is to blame for over-burdening nurses with humongous patient loads? Chief Nursing Officers and Hospital administrators---who do the usual: very little when it comes to patient care or safety; their time and effort is spent on pursuing nurses: looking for what nurses are failing to do rather than supporting what nurses do correctly or taking action to ensure nurses are able to perform optimally; they are punitive, not supportive. And the public wrongfully stereotypes hospitals and nursing persons based on phony shows like this. If ever there was a show that honestly depicted the reality of hospitals and hospital employees---it would be headed under 'horror' not 'drama'.

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