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TV Review

‘Mob Doctor’ not worth watching

Fox’s preposterous organized-crime/medical-show combo platter – the-tells-you-exactly-what-it-is-in-its-title “The Mob Doctor” – manages to be silly and sappy in equal measure.

Given its ridiculous premise, the show (9 p.m. today) needs to either make viewers buy into it or laugh at it, but it tries to have it both ways. After Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro, “My Boys”) extracts a screwdriver from the noggin of a low-level mob flunkie, she tells a colleague, “I had a patient with a pounding headache.”


Grace juggles work for the mob with her job as a resident at a Chicago hospital because it was (supposedly) the only way she could save the life of her brother, who was in debt to the mob. She agreed to work off his debt as the mob’s go-to physician.

But her family’s tangled history with the Chicago mob extends beyond Grace’s brother. Grace has daddy issues, as Monday’s pilot reveals, and she also treats a recently paroled mobster, Constantine Alexander (William Forsythe), who inquires about the well-being of Grace’s mother (Wendy Makkena) with some frequency.

At her legit job, Grace is in the middle of political drama involving her boss, a colleague and her boyfriend, Dr. Brett Robinson (Zach Gilford, “Friday Night Lights”), whom she easily pulls into her rule-breaking orbit. When a girl from Grace’s neighborhood shows up in the hospital pregnant, Grace convinces Brett to lie to the girl’s father, lest the girl lose an athletic scholarship – her only way to a better life! – if word of the pregnancy got out.

“This is not legal,” Brett says.

“Then it’s a good thing we’re not lawyers,” Grace shoots back.

Not grounded enough to be taken seriously and not clever enough to be truly funny, there’s only one prescription for “The Mob Doctor”: fuhgettaboutit.