The Night Shift (TV series)

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The Night Shift
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Genre Medical drama
Created by Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Composer(s) Fred Coury
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 35 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Gabe Sachs
Jeff Judah
Producer(s) Zach Lutsky
Jill Danton
Location(s) Albuquerque, New Mexico
San Antonio, Texas (setting)
Cinematography Lex duPont
Arthur Albert
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Sachs/Judah Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27) – present
External links
Official website

The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC.[1][2] The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the late night shift in the emergency room at San Antonio Memorial Hospital.

On May 8, 2015, NBC renewed The Night Shift for a third season, which ran from June 1 to August 31, 2016.[3][4]

On November 17, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a fourth season.[5]


The series follows the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital, where three of the surgeons have a connection to the U.S. military. Dr. TC Callahan is an ex-Army medic who initially exhibits PTSD-type symptoms, having watched his brother die right in front of him on the battlefield. He tends to go his own way at the hospital, frequently breaking rules and butting heads with his ex-girlfriend and newly-appointed head of the night shift, Dr. Jordan Alexander, and the hospital's administrator, Michael Ragosa. Dr. Topher Zia is a private-sector surgeon who previously spent a lot of time on the battlefield as an Army Ranger, while Dr. Drew Alister is a gay Army medic still active in the reserves who initially tries to hide his sexual orientation for fear of backlash. Dr. Krista Bell-Hart is a young surgical resident trying to work her way up the ranks, while fellow resident Dr. Paul Cummings works hard to emerge from the shadow of his father, a famous surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Jordan is initially in a relationship with Dr. Scott Clemmens, which complicates things when Scott becomes the Chief of Surgery at the hospital and sees that Jordan still has feelings for TC. After a cancer scare, Ragosa finds that he can no longer tolerate the stresses of his administrator job, and he quits that position in order to pursue his original dream of becoming a doctor.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Eoin Macken as Dr. Thomas Charles "TC" Callahan. A former army medic and Ranger who witnessed his brother's death in Afganisthan. After being discharged, he returned with PTSD symthoms and his relationship with Jordan broke. In season 2, they rekindle their relationship, but break again after she miscarries. In season 3, he dates Jessica Sanders.
  • Jill Flint as Dr. Jordan Alexander. TC ex-girlfriend, she dates Scott Clemmens in the first season, but she still has feelings for TC. She was temporarily the head of ER Night Shift. They rekindle their relationship, but break up after she miscarries in the season 2 finale.
  • Ken Leung as Dr. Christopher "Topher" Zia (seasons 1–3).[6] A former army medic and Ranger and TC's longtime friend. Head of the ER Night Shift. Married with three daughters.
  • Brendan Fehr as Dr. Drew Alister. An army medic still active in the reserves and chief resident. He tried to hide his homosexuality until he outed himself when boyfriend Rick, also in the Army, was about to have a leg amputation. After a fight and temporary breakup, Drew and Rick got married in season 2. He returns to active service in early season 3, but his actions to save a young 15 year-old child bride got him discharged early. He and Rick later foster an orphan girl, Brianna.
  • Robert Bailey Jr. as Dr. Paul Cummings. A first year surgical resident who works hard to emerge from the shadow of his famous father.
  • Jeananne Goossen as Dr. Krista Bell-Hart (seasons 1–2).[7] A first year surgical resident
  • Freddy Rodriguez as Dr. Michael Ragosa (seasons 1–2).[8] The hospital administrator, who, in season 2, quits the position to finish his medical studies and becomes a resident. In season 3, it's told that he is now a resident in Dallas after his ex-wife moved their children there.
  • JR Lemon as Nurse Kenny Fournette. An ex-college football star who became a nurse after an injury ended his sports career. He first dates Krista then Gwen.
  • Daniella Alonso as Dr. Landry de la Cruz (season 1)
  • Scott Wolf as Dr. Scott Clemmens (recurring seasons 1–2; main season 3-present). Head of Trauma Surgery and a recovering alcoholic. Dated Jordan in season 1, then TC's sister-in-law Annie in season 3.
  • Tanaya Beatty as Dr. Shannon Rivera (season 3-present). A Native-American doctor that Jordan recruits to work in the Night Shift. Her initial adversarial relationship with Paul flourishes into a romance.


  • Esodie Geiger as Nurse Molly Ramos
  • Alma Sisnero as Nurse Jocelyn Diaz
  • Catharine Pilafas as Nurse Bardocz
  • Luke MacFarlane as Rick Lincoln[9]
  • Merle Dandridge as EMT Gwen Gaskin (seasons 2–present).[10] Jordan's friend, dates Kenny until, in early season 3, she leaves to study law at Georgetown.
  • Sarah Jane Morris as Annie Callahan (seasons 2–3). TC's sister-in-law, the widow of his brother Thad. A recovering drug addict.
  • Adam Rodriguez as Dr. Joey Chavez (season 2)
  • Jennifer Beals[11] as Dr. Sydney "Syd" Jennings (season 3). A trauma doctor and Army commander. Drew's superior in Afghanistan, gets the brunt of his actions and she's forced to remain when she was hoping to return to see her daughter. After returning stateside, she decides to move to D.C. to avoid a custody battle with her ex-husband, who's moving there with his new wife.
  • AnnaLynne McCord[12] as Jessica Sanders (season 3), a pharmaceutical rep who is secretly involved in the sale of the E.R. to an insurance company. She briefly dates TC.
  • Kyla Kenedy as Brianna (season 3)
  • Elizabeth Sung as Sumei Zia (season 3), Topher's mother.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27) July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)
2 14 February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)
3 13 June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01) August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31)



The series first appeared as part of NBC development slate in October 2011, however, decided to not go forward with a pilot order.[13] In August 2012, NBC decided to revisit the pilot script for the series, then known as The Last Stand.[14] On October 8, 2012, NBC placed a pilot order, with the new name After Hours.[15] The pilot was directed by Pierre Morel and written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.

On April 18, 2013, NBC ordered four additional scripts under a third and final title, The Night Shift.[16] On May 10, 2013, NBC officially ordered The Night Shift to series.[17]


Casting announcements began in October 2012, with Eoin Macken first cast in the role of TC Callahan, a doctor who has recently returned from the Army, who constantly disagrees with his superiors and does things his own way.[18] Freddy Rodriguez was the next actor cast in the series, in the role of Michael Ragosa, the hospital's administrator who originally wanted to be a doctor.[19] Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen were then added to the cast, with Leung cast in the role of Topher, an emergency room doctor who previously helped soldiers that were injured in battle. Goossen signed onto the role of Krista, a beautiful resident at the hospital.[20] In early November, Robert Bailey Jr. joined the series as Paul Cummings, a young, but squeamish resident at the hospital.[21] Jill Flint later signed onto the role of Jordan Alexander, the newly promoted Chief of the Night Shift, who once dated T.C.[22] Daniella Alonso was the last actor cast in the series. Alonso will play the role of Dr. Landry de la Cruz, the lone psychiatrist working the night shift.[23]


Production on season one of The Night Shift began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in late August 2013, and ended filming in mid-November.[24] Production on season two commenced on November 10, 2014.[25] Production on season three took place from February to June 2016.[26]


Critical reception[edit]

Brian Lowry of Variety said "The Night Shift is still an awfully weak blip creatively speaking".[27] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show three out of five stars.[28]

On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds an overall 20% approval rating based on 20 reviews, with a rating average of 4.3 out of 10. The site's consensus is: "Calculated and cliche-ridden, The Night Shift is DOA."[29]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 0–100 reviews from critics, the series has a rating score of 45 based on 16 reviews as of June 30, 2014, indicating mixed or average reviews.[30]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Tuesday 10:00 p.m.
May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)
July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)
6.05[32] 2013–14 N/A 8.50[33]
Monday 10:00 p.m.
February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)
May 18, 2015
5.20[35] 2014–15 #86 6.67[36]
Wednesday 10:00 p.m.
June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01)
August 31, 2016 (2016-08-31)
5.43[38] 2015–16 TBA TBA


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