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The Night Shift is an American TV show that premiered on NBC in the summer of 2014. Largely panned by critics, particularly for its ridiculous promotional posters, it nevertheless obtained decent ratings, and returned for a second season in February 2015 and season three premiered in June 2016. The series centers around emergency room staff (many of whom are military veterans) working the night shift at San Antonio Memorial.

The series was canceled in October 13, 2017, after four seasons.


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  • Anachronism Stew: TC is said to have been kicked out of the army around the time Donald Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense, yet flashbacks show him and Topher wearing Multi-Cam uniforms that hadn't been issued yet.
  • Artistic License – Military:
    • TC is shown serving in the same unit as his brother. This is prohibited to lower the possibility of a family losing all their children at once.
    • TC is shown carrying a weapon and participating in raids. Doctors are noncombatants under the Geneva Convention and aren't supposed to fight if at all possible. Also, a doctor going into battle knowing that he could intentionally kill someone goes against the Hippocratic Oath and would have resulted in TC losing his medical license (among a host of other punishments and ramifications).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chavez is kind of strange in his constant yoga/zen spiel and his offbeat sense of humor, but he's a heck of a surgeon.
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  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Averted, for the most part, given the show primarily takes place in the trauma department of an emergency room. Still happens from time to time, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: TC and Topher, to the point where Topher's first call is to TC when his wife is stuck giving birth in a car in a storm and needs help when the second twin is breech (turned around). TC's the one who gets the second baby out and is the first one to hold her aside from Topher and Janet.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Krista comes onto Drew, who finally has to tell her he's gay when she tries to kiss him. They become good friends.
  • Love Triangle: TC/ Jordan/ Scott in season one.
  • Manly Gay: Drew, who shocks many of his colleagues when he comes out. His boyfriend Rick also qualifies. Both are/were in the military.
  • Mauve Shirt: Dwayne the MRI technician, who appeared in a few episodes prior to be killed in "Blood Brothers."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: TC. His actual first name has yet to be revealed.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Eoin Macken's American accent gets a little shaky at times and comes out sounding very Irish.
  • Put on a Bus: Landry in season two, as well as Krista and Ragosa in Season three and Topher in Season four.
    • Bus Crash: As the staff requests the return of Topher, they receive a report that he and his daughter died in a car accident.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: TC, who clearly has PTSD and finally has a breakdown in the first season finale.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Ragosa in the second season premiere, as he decides to quit his administrative job with a spectacularly pissy speech to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: Averted in season two. After starting therapy for his PTSD, TC brings up how great therapy is on multiple occasions.
  • Transparent Closet: Drew thought he was doing a good job of staying in the closet. It eventually turns into great big open secret before he becomes more open about his sexuality.


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