RED BAND SOCIETY (for the sake of this post, this will be the last time I am going to capitalise all letters) airs Wednesdays beginning September 17th on FOX and is a show I fell absolutely in love with. After the hype around movies like The Fault in Our Stars, which deals with teens having fatal diseases, I think it was obvious that some network would opt to explore this topic in a longer format. I highly doubt that Red Band Society will be one of the top Fall shows this seasons, but here are my thoughts on why I still really enjoy watching it.
Red Band Society is about a couple of teens who have to live in a hospital due to having various diseases (cancer, eating disorders, heart failure, …). You might think that it must be a terribly depressing format, but I think it is acutally life-afirming and has a certain feel-good quality to it – after all it is called a dramedy. Of course, there are sappy moments and tear-jerkers, but I don’t think the series would work if elements like these were missing.
The story is mostly narrated by a maybe 10-year-old boy who’s in a coma, but hears and knows everything that’s going on. I like the mix of characters we get, varrying from the bitchy cheerleader, to the troubled smart-girl, the stoner, the leader and so on. Although they are mainly very predictable, I think they made a good decission by casting them with fairly unknown talents. They each manage to pull your heart-strings with their individual stories and set up potenital conflicts for future episodes nicely.
The adults of the show (which here mostly means the staff of the hospital, except for an interesting rich hypochondriac) may just be a tad too heroic and understanding of their younger patients, but let’s face it, those kids need good people in their lives.
Just to drop some names at the end, the cast consists of: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Brian Bradley, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Rebecca Rittenhouse, …
Last but not least, I want to say that I really enjoy optimistic dramas and I can’t wait to see more episodes of this show. Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments below!