Side Effects

Strike TV (ended 1996)


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Medical drama set in Toronto at the Kingsview Family Clinic. Nadia Capone played the level headed chief doctor; Albert Schultz the unctuous callous doc Joseph Ziegler the crusader Anna Pappas the resident killed off at the beginning of the 2nd season and Jovanni Sy the good hearted doc who sometimes had trouble relating to people. Eve Harris played the administrator. Jennifer Dale was added in the 2nd season as the somewhat manipulative head of the clinic. Elizabeth Sheppard played R.N. Judy Owens Janne Mortil played the experienced receptionist michelle. This TV series premiered at the same time the U.S. unleashed two big-budget, critically acclaimed medical series, "Chicago Hope" and "E.R." Ironically, CBC's earlier hit Street Legal (which featured some of the same producers) aired the same year as "L.A. Law". Side Effects, though, faired less well in the comparison. The stories were often flaccid, having trouble stirring up the emotion needed, with largely tepid characters. The cast was O.K., with the actors growing into their parts, but none of them were (quite) strong enough, or charismatic enough, to electrify things...even an ensemble drama needs one or two interesting actors to anchor things. Still it evolved into a watchable, if unriveting, series. Created by Brenda Greenberg and Guy Mullally. Two seasons of hour long episodes on the CBC.moreless

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