Code Black (TV series)

Code Black
Genre Medical drama
Created by Michael Seitzman
Composer(s) Clinton Shorter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Scott Printz
  • Steve Sassen
Running time 40–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30) – present
External links

Code Black is an American medical drama television series created by Michael Seitzman which premiered on CBS on September 30, 2015.[1] It takes place in an overcrowded and understaffed emergency room in Los Angeles, California, and is based on a documentary by Ryan McGarry. On May 16, 2016, the show was renewed for a second season which premiered on September 28, 2016.[2]


The show centers on the fictional Angels Memorial Hospital, where four first-year residents and their colleagues must tend to patients in an understaffed, busy emergency room that lacks sufficient resources.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)February 24, 2016 (2016-02-24)
216[8]September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)TBA


On January 27, 2015, the show's pilot episode was green lighted by CBS.[9] On June 4, Brett Mahoney was appointed as executive producer for Code Black.[10]

On October 23, 2015, CBS ordered six new scripts for Code Black.[11] The following month, CBS ordered five additional episodes.[12] CBS renewed the show for a second season in May 2016.[2]


On February 17, 2015, Marcia Gay Harden was cast as Christa, a soccer mom who lost her son to cancer.[13] On February 23, Melanie Kannokada was cast as Malaya, a doctor beginning her residency.[14] Maggie Grace was cast as Dr. Leanne Rorish, the lead of the show, the following day.[15] On March 3, Luis Guzman was set to star as Jose Santiago, a senior nurse.[16] The character's name was later changed to Jesse Salander. The following day, Raza Jaffrey was cast as Neal,[17] and Ben Hollingsworth was set to star as Mario, a new resident.[18] When Grace left the show before filming began,[19] the role of Leanne was then given to Harden,[20] and Bonnie Somerville was cast in Harden's role as Christa.[20]

In season 2, Somerville and Jaffrey left the cast with their characters' departures unexplained, and Rob Lowe joined the cast as a military physician on temporary duty in Angels ED.


Code Black has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has a rating of 54%, based on 39 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, " While not reinventing the stethoscope, Code Black is an above-average medical drama, with appropriately theatrical storylines that make up for sometimes cheesy dialogue."[21] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]

At the 2016 Monte-Carlo Television Festival, Harden won the Best Actress in a TV Series Golden Nymph Award,[23] while Code Black was nominated for Best TV Series Drama.[24]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions,
including DVR)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 10:00 pm 18 September 30, 2015 8.58[25] February 24, 2016 6.91[26] 2015–16 34 TBA
2 16[27] September 28, 2016 6.37[28] TBA TBA 2016–17 TBA TBA


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  2. 1 2 Ausiello, Michael (May 16, 2016). "CBS Renews Code Black, Odd Couple and 2 Other Bubble Shows". TVLine. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Cavassuto, Maria (June 3, 2016). "TV News Roundup: 'Code Black' Casting Shuffle Promotes One and Loses Two". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. "New Storylines Revealed For CBS Series Returning This Fall". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (June 4, 2016). "'Code Black': Bonnie Somerville & Raza Jaffrey Exit As Part Of Creative Changes, Jillian Murray & Boris Kodjoe Promoted". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  6. Petski, Denise (July 5, 2016). "Rob Lowe Joins 'Code Black' Season 2 As Series Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
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  8. Andreeva, Nellie (November 14, 2016). "CBS Orders More Episodes Of 'Man With A Plan', 'The Great Indoors' & 'Code Black'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  9. Andreeva, Nellie (January 27, 2015). "'Code Black' Medical Drama From Michael Seitzman, Divorced-Dad Comedy Get CBS Pilot Orders". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  10. Andreeva, Nellie (June 4, 2015). "Brett Mahoney Inks CBS Studios Deal, Joins 'Code Black' As Executive Producer". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  11. Andreeva, Nellie (October 23, 2015). "'Limitless' Gets Full-Season Order From CBS". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  12. Abrams, Natalie (November 20, 2015). "CBS orders more Code Black". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (February 17, 2015). "Marcia Gay Harden Joins CBS Medical Drama Pilot 'Code Black'". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  14. Petski, Denise (February 23, 2015). "Melanie Kannokada Joins 'Code Black'; Andrea Anders In 'How We Live'". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  15. Goldberg, Lesley (February 24, 2015). "'Lost's' Maggie Grace to Topline CBS Medical Drama 'Code Black'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (March 3, 2015). "Luis Guzman To Star In CBS' 'Code Black'; Cody Horn In ABC's 'Broad Squad'". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  17. Andreeva, Nellie (March 4, 2015). "'Homeland's Raza Jaffrey To Co-Star In CBS Pilot 'Code Black'". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  18. Petski, Denise (March 5, 2015). "Charity Wakefield To Star In 'Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins 'Code Black'". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  19. Ausiello, Michael (March 9, 2015). "Lost Vet Maggie Grace Exits CBS' Medical Drama Pilot Code Black". TVLine. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  20. 1 2 Andreeva, Nellie (March 13, 2015). "Marcia Gay Harden Takes Over The Lead In 'Code Black', Bonnie Somerville Cast". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  21. "Code Black (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  22. "Code Black (2015): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  23. Richford, Rhonda (June 17, 2016). "Marcia Gay Harden Celebrates Acting Win for 'Code Black' at Monte Carlo TV Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  24. "Golden Nymph Awards Laureates & Nominees". Monaco Mediax. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  25. Dixon, Dani (October 1, 2015). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Empire', 'Survivor', 'Modern Family' & 'Rosewood' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' & 'Code Black' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  26. Porter, Rick (March 14, 2016). "Broadcast Live +7 ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' has biggest week 23 gain, 'Jane the Virgin' and 3 others double". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  27. Andreeva, Nellie (November 14, 2016). "CBS Orders More Episodes Of 'Man With A Plan', 'The Great Indoors' & 'Code Black'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  28. Porter, Rick (September 29, 2016). "Wednesday final ratings: 'Empire,' 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'SVU' & 'Blindspot' all adjust up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
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