Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Do No Harm?

Dissociative Identity Disorder doesn't need to do any fun runs or bake sales to raise awareness for the affliction, not when there's TV. The latest television show to center on a character with a split personality is NBC's drama Do No Harm, which debuts Thursday. I've seen the first two episodes, and I'm here to tell you and you whether it's worth either or both of your time in this edition of, "Hey TV.com Tell Me What to Watch!"


Save me a trip to Wikipedia. What is Do No Harm about?

In Do No Harm, a talented surgeon named Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) has a bit of a hang-up: Every night at 8:25pm Jason Cole goes away and Ian Price, Cole's dangerous alter ego, comes out to play until 8:25am, when they switch back. Cole is a good guy, like Boy Scout good. Price is dangerous, like Pervy Boy Scout Leader dangerous. It's the classic Jekyll and Hyde story about a man battling his own demons, where "own demons" means "occasionally being a total asshole." There's also a heavy medical procedural element, as Cole performs his day job.


Save me a trip to TV.com's television listings page. When does Do No Harm start?

You can watch Do No Harm on Thursday, January 31 at 10pm on NBC. Thursdays at 10pm on NBC during the midseason... wasn't there another show about a guy with a split life in this time slot?


Save me a trip to showcreators.com. Who created Do No Harm?

This one comes from David Schulner, whose previous credits include What About Brian, The Event, Kings, and Desperate Housewives. However, to my knowledge, this is his first show he can call his own.


Save me a night of peeking into people's windows and finding out who watches this show. Who's the target audience?

Mostly people who like a wild ride from the comfort of their own couch. Fans of the medical genre won't get enough scalpels or panic for their taste, and those looking for a Jekyll-and-Hyde tale will wonder why the show becomes a medical drama every once in a while. This is going to be an interesting experiment, actually. Maybe it will find an audience, maybe it will alienate everyone. If I were betting, I'd take flop over hit.


While you're here, can you tell me what's good about Do No Harm?

It isn't dull, that's for sure. Whether Jason and Ian are engaging in a war over one body or Jason is tickling someone's brain as Dr. Jason, Do No Harm rarely takes a deep breath and that's the point. The show wants to be reckless and fun, it doesn't want to win Emmys or be Breaking Bad. And the diurnal battle between Jason and Ian is hilarious; Jason may hide his credit cards before he turns, but Ian will always find some way to make Jason's life miserable at night. Pasquale also looks like he's having a lot of fun in the role(s), especially when he can puff out his shoulders and furrow his brow as Ian, so he's fun to watch. He's no Bryan Cranston, but he has two unmistakable modes.



Since you told me what's good, shouldn't you also tell me what's bad?

Okay, fine. This isn't a good show, per se. In fact, it's kind of hilarious. Whether that's the intention or not is up for debate (but should it matter as long as it's hilarious?). The medical aspects of the series seem to be there in order to satisfy NBC's studio notes and to make the show less ambitious and more standalone, and they don't really fit in among the rest of the madness.


Okay last question, I promise. Should I watch it?

When you don't know whether a show is good or bad yet you're still entertained by it, it's time to stop wondering and just enjoy it. You should watch Do No Harm while your brain takes a nap. If you do that, you'll find it fun and I'm pretty sure the show wants you do that anyway. If you don't do that, you'll hate it. And yes, there's a decent chance you will hate it. Personally, I liked it, though I wouldn't run around telling everyone to watch it even though I guess that's what I'm doing right here. Hey, don't blame me if you hate it!


Do you have a trailer so I can see for myself?

Hey! I thought you said the last question was it! Here's your trailer:


And if you like the trailer so much that you just can't wait, here's the whole first episode:


Now I'm outta here!


Wait one more! What do I drink with this?

White wine spritzer in one hand, pint of whiskey in the other.



Do No Harm premieres Thursday, January 31 at 10pm on NBC.

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I loved this show back when it was called My Own Worst Enemy...
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So let me get this straight. Last year NBC practically ignores, dumps in a bad slot, and eventually cancels a brilliant Thursday at 10/9c show about duality and inevitably replaces it a year later with... a show about a man struggling with duality. Oh NBC! It's run by such intelligent people! Hey, even better! Let's get Leno retire five years in advan... oh wait
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Actually i think this is the kind of one-hour shows NBC does best. I really like this show even though i know there is a chance it gets cancelled, so enjoy it while you can.
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All i am going to say Christian Slater in My own worst enemy :( and this sounds worse
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The pilot was exciting. I enjoyed it more than I expect myself to. Perhaps because I had low expectation of the show and it turns out to be not bad. I kind of agree with Tim. You probably enjoy it more if you do not over analyze it. Its entertaining. Pasquale did a good job. I am so used to him as the nut nerd from Rescue Me (I am a fan til season 5) but here he managed to convince me he is Dr Cole here which is to say his acting is not bad.
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That sounds an awful lot like a classic "Tim trying not to offend some viewers by outright saying 'no'," no. So no, I won't watch this.
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I found the pilot incredibly dull and pointless. The watch gazing is tedious, the switch between characters is virtually non-existant both characters seem pretty brain-dead. TV is due a revisit to Jekyll & Hyde but this ain't it. I'll give it the 4 episode test but first impressions very disappointing.
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I just don't know. I would have thought this would make a good drama, so to skip to it being fun and hilarious makes me not want to see it, but also makes me curious.
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i watched the pilot and i liked it what i don't get is why u think it was funny? i watched it as a serious shows because its just that and i enjoyed it and the possibility's its story telling can take i did not turn off my brain and i luved it so can u or someone else explain in what part could u actually think its funny? (aside from the blood test incident in the surgery room with is alter ego)
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I don't think what he has is supposed to be multiple identity disorder (in the writers minds) - to me it seems to be of a more "supernatural" nature (or at least "mysterious" lol) - the fact that he switches at 8:25 to the second (plus the potential absence of real sleep) - For me, the only reason he thinks it's m.i.d is because 1°) it's the only logical explanation - if that happened to me I would probably go the m.i.d route ant not the "I must be possessed or cursed or something magic" route 2°) He's a doctor, his friends are doctors, so of course he is even more inclined to think it has a medical origin.
I liked the pilot - will continue to watch - and as with most shows nowadays, I half expect it to be canceled any second now.
P.S : Made me want to re-watch "Jekyll" too ... That was fantastic.
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umm if someone else take sover his body at night basically then when does he sleep? lol
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he sleeps but only for a bit sometimes
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If it lasts more than a season I'd be surprised but I'll still watch it because like said above, it looks funny & stupid.
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Looks dumb. On tv there is a promo where at the end he glares into the camera. It was one of those funny, stupid things.
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Oh and if this is ends up being 1% as good as show "Jekyll" was, it will be good... we'll see!
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I'll watch the first episode, if it sucks it's out. .. but the way this winter season is going, after the disappointing The Following and The Americans, I'm ready for this show to suck too.
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Not convinced, will wait to see if it gets a second season.
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God, I miss Rescue me!
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Knowing the NBC I give it 13 episodes
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Oh Tim, I just love your reviews! As for the show, I enjoyed it a whole bunch. Hope it sticks around for a bit. But I'm not holding my breath.
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the whole idea behind the disassociative identity disorder is the unpredictablity of it.. you wouldn't know when an alter ego will pop-up so the daily schedule of alter ego appereance is kinda hard to belive.. those who ask about sleep: in the trailer, it shows the guy waking up as the doctor, so obviously the partying guy sleeps for sometime.. I am sure at sometime they planned to explain the significance of 08:25, and why the alter ego appeared but I seriously doubt the series will have that much of a life..
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I prefer when they go the science fiction route... that it's not some normal dissociative identity disorder by some sort of _blank_ reason. Like the BBC series take on "Jekyll" or the cancelled US show "My Own Worst Enemy"

Trying to go with a normal dissociative disorder thing... never works out well because they tend to mess with it just to fit the framework of the show. As you say: it's typically erratic or stress induced. Not really on a timed schedule.
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Dr. Jason Cole...Dr. J. Cole
really?
::sigh::
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No. Just...no. I love Steven Pasquale. His comedic work on Rescue Me (and to a much lesser extent, Up All Night) was just great. And I have no reason to think that he can't also pull off a dramatic role. I'm also genuinely glad that he's getting a chance to shine on his own. That being said, this has IMMINENT CANCELLATION stamped all over it, not to mention a strong smell of cheese. But, hey, if the really weak Elementary can survive in this time slot, maybe this one can, too.

Anyway, Archer is on at the same time, so that settles that for me.
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It sounds like it would be better if they'd drop the medical procedural aspect. I like lots of shows that I find entertaining, though they aren't actually "good" (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, White Collar, etc), so we'll see.
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Not interested. The split personalities thing looks a lot like Christian Slater's My Own Worst Enemy from a few years ago, also on NBC. Just curious, when does he sleep??
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if I could watch fictional shows that had a medical premise/background without b*tching about how inaccurate it is I would give it a try based on your review. It's a personal thing for me but I won't be watching it.

For various personal reasons I just can't utilize the "suspension of disbelief" with fictional medical shows or shows with people who have dissociative disorder (the inaccuracies drive me up the wall---even though I can tolerate and even embrace them in other genres)
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I watched Awake & there's not a single thing in this article that leads me to compare the two

Gislef hit the nail on the head. This smells like NBC finally watched BBC's Jekyll & said, "Oooh! We need one of those, only with doctors or something! There's never enough doctors on TV!"

I'll check it out though. Jekyll effin' rocked.
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Hahaha, love your description of the board meeting there. That's what tv is missing. . . doctors! ;)
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Why doesn't the good doctor take a 12-hour sleeping pill at 8:20 pm? He could then be the greatest bad-ass in his dreams.
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I didn't think I would watch Do No Harm but this review just convinced me to give this a try. I do love some not complicated and fun show that makes you relax nicely without 1. being mean 2. taking itself too seriously 3. being so full of appalling EVERYTHING that you want to throw up and/or are ashamed of watching it.
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I have always liked this idea of a story now I just need to find a network that will keep one of these shows on the air longer than 10 episodes!
*cough* My Own Worst Enemy *cough* Awake *cough* both on NBC *cough* both cancelled before anything approaching one full season had even aired *cough*
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Hi Tim, enjoyed your review - the empty time slot on my DVR will record this for consideration. WILL YOU WATCH DO NO HARM? I selected your fourth option. Good humor.
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Just watched the pilot and, I gotta say, I liked it. I liked it a lot. I'm not only going to give this thing a chance to grow, I will definitely keep watching as long as they can keep up with the insanity of it all (har har).
And Pasquale kicks some serious acting ass. Dr Cole is still a little bit bland for me, but Ian is scary and hot as hell.
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It sounds like an American version of the British Jekyll series.
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Oh my. I'm easy. I mean, I'm an easy viewer, I'll critique and analyze something to pieces but it won't stop me from watching it. It's that damn tv addiction. So what I already watch Scandal and Elementary in the same timeslot. This is why one has two DVR's dammit. It's intriguing enough a concept for my Psychology loving mind, to actually give it a shot.
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I can see this being a bit too soapy or overly dramatic to be taken seriously. I'll give it a try, but at it's best, I expect something like Revenge. At its worst, maybe Ringer? I have no idea what I'm trying to get at. I'll give it a watch.
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You should. *waves hands frantically at camera*
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I watched the first episode and I have to say this will join Revolution in my comedy section. Unlike Revolution it's not laughably bad (well kinda), but it's one of those shows where you go, "Really, did they seriously write that?" And you think that everyone on the set must have been having a jolly good time shooting these scenes cause they're so...out there. It's entertaining, that's for sure. So I'll be watching.
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Revolution just doesn't get praised enough. It's one of the best comedies on TV.
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Oh I think the bloopers will be pretty amazing on that one.
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I really don't get why people keep comparing it to Awake, they are nothing alike.
In one there a guy with a single personality who lives in 2 seperate realities, in the other it's 2 seperate personalities sharing a body in in a single reality.
It's a totally different concept with completely different rules.
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Maybe I am an artard but if the other guy parties through his 12 hours, how does their common body get any sleep? I know he is drugging himself now but this has not always been the case. As I understood, he has used the drugs only last couple of years.Your body still needs some sleep. Like physically your organs wont function without rest... Or am I an artard? It seems he has lived with this illness forever and it just.. makes no sense that a person can live up to his thrties with like an hour of sleep a day plus he (presumably) attended/graduated medical school without any midnight cramping sessions obvs. But he did all that.. with like limited amount of sleep.

Maybe they just havent started answering those questions. I am really looking forward to hearing the explanations. They are not part of the mystery storyline for me atm, they just bugs me to no end.
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You are NOT an artard (if you are asking if you are mentally retarded--not sure what artard is...). I think it requires suspension of disbelieve or something.
also what about the precise time his personalities switch---I just can suspend disbelief. it may be an excellent show but it's not for me
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Had to look-up artard. Thanks for the new word.
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I automatically thought that everybody will know the word.. too much South park I guess...
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No such thing...
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I honestly feel like this just sort of a more silly Awake and my complaint about Awake was that it like drew you in so you were emotionally invested and then had this elaborate conspiracy that you were kind of curious about and then you had the regular police stuff which was stupid. I found myself getting really annoyed at that, so I doubt I would enjoy this.
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LOL! I have a friend who had exactly same things to complain about Awake..I failed to make me see how awesome Awake was, so i won't try with you. I have watched the pilot of Do no harm..its gun, its great..i think the only thing you have to get over to enjoy this show is to believe Multiple personality disorder do exist. If you do,you are set. The Ian character is crazily fun, but you need to see Jason's straight-laced character to really appreciate the crazy persona. Give it a try.
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I mean, I might. I believe mpd exists, not like this, but as a medical condition.
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