Combat Hospital is an Canadian series set in a military hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan during the middle of the conflict there in 2006. The series actually started in June, 2011. The first season ended in September, 2011. No second season will be produced as ABC decided not to renew it, leading to Shaw's cancellation unless another channel would be partners with them.The show focuses on the lives and work of a multi-national ISAF medical team as they struggle to cope with the challenges of working in such an environment. Major Rebecca Gordon (a Canadian trauma surgeon) and Captain Bobby Trang (USAF diagnostic specialist) join Colonel Xavier Marks and the rest of his team near the frontlines in the first episode and are thrown into the thick of the action. The other main characters include civilian neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill and Major Grace Pedersen (an Australian psychiatrist).
Combat Medic: Played with in that all the uniformed personnel tend to be armed at all times, and Rebecca and Grace have been conducting field clinics in full kit and armor. The nature of the war means that the distinction between combat zone and safety is quite blurred. Col. Marks is the closest to it, having shown his sharpshooting skills in the midst of surgery when he spotted a snake in the operating theatre.
Crisis of Faith: Explored pretty thoroughly through the character of an Army chaplain who undergoes one while serving on base. Contrasted with a couple of other crises that other characters suffer during the same episode.
Dysfunction Junction: All the main characters are seen to be struggling with major psychological issues ranging from Bobby's anger and rage to Simon's alcoholism. Possibly justified by where they are serving and the horrors they witness and deal with on a regular basis.
Ending Memorial Service: Season 1 ends with Suzy's memorial being interrupted by new wounded coming in for the medical staff.
Every Helicopter Is A Huey: Played straight. While the Canadian Forces still use updated Hueys, the pilots and pararescuemen are US service members, and should not be flying one.
Flag Coded For Your Convenience: When they're wearing their fatigues, each character will have the flag of their nation on their arm. Handy way of keeping the Canadians, Australians, Americans etc separate (if you can't track the accents).
Also they each wear their own services' fatigues.
Fake American: Major Rebecca Gordon is played by an American, Michelle Borth. Captain Bobby Trang is portrayed by Terry Chan, a Chinese-Canadian.
Insufferable Genius: Rebecca, to an extent. Her repeated reminders about her elite training and youth are a prime example. Subverted when Col. Marks threatens to send her back home if she does not pull her head in.
Interrupted Intimacy: Graham interrupts Simon and Rebecca at the undressing-and-foreplay stage with some pretty serious news. Rebecca hides, then slips out the back.
Ladykiller in Love: Simon, who stops seeing other women as he gets to know Rebecca and finds out things about her like the kinds of gifts she'd like and so forth. He also stops acting like a jerk and starts being nicer. Lampshaded at the start of the season 1 finale when Rebecca calls him out and wishes he would take advantage of her.