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intertitle of Trauma
Format Drama
Written by Dario Scardapane
Peter Noah
Directed by Jeff Reiner
Starring Derek Luke
Anastasia Griffith
Aimee Garcia
Kevin Rankin
Taylor Kinney
Jamey Sheridan
Cliff Curtis
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Dario Scardapane
Peter Noah
Peter Berg
Sarah Aubrey
Jeff Reiner
Producer(s) Steven Sassen
Original channel NBC
Original run September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28) – present
External links
Official website

Trauma is a television series which premiered on September 28, 2009 at 9/8c on NBC.[1] The series is about a group of paramedics in San Francisco, California. A month after its premiere NBC announced it would not order any further episodes, but will broadcast the 13 episodes ordered.[2] On November 19. 2009, NBC reversed its decision, announcing it had ordered three additional episodes of the series, bringing the order to 16 episodes; the order was extended to 20 episodes on January 20, 2010, as part of a package of episode orders that followed the demise of The Jay Leno Show.[3] Trauma returned on March 8, 2010,[4] with the season finale scheduled for May 10, 2010.[5]


Cast and characters

  • Derek Luke as Cameron Boone – Cameron is a paramedic paired with Tyler Briggs. They often argue over trivial things but they typically enjoy a good working relationship. He is married with two young kids and he desperately tries to keep the horrors of his job from his homelife but he feels if he can't talk to his family about work, who can he talk to? He has been caught by his wife, Sela, having affairs. The two eventually go to marriage counseling but soon after Boone responds to a shooting rampage in a lawyer's office where Sela is also being held hostage. After saving her life, he finds out Sela was in the office consulting a divorce lawyer (Bad Day At Work). While on call to a Halloween party, Boone expresses disapproval with the homosexual community, something he fights with partner Tyler about, leading to Tyler telling Boone that he himself is gay (Masquerade). Tyler and Boone respond to an ambulance crash which Nancy and Glenn were the victims. Boone pushes for Tyler to follow protocol and attend to the most injured first, something he feels badly about but as he is told by superiors, he did the right thing (Home Court).
  • Anastasia Griffith as Nancy Carnahan – Nancy was originally paired with Terry Banner, a partner whom she was having an in-work relationship with when they responded to an electrocution on a rooftop. The easy run turned tragic when the rescue helicopter was destroyed in a tragic accident, costing Terry and the pilot, Asher "Rotor" Reynolds, their lives. These scenes depict the events taking place one year before the pilot (Pilot). Her partner after Terry was Sam Bailey, who only appeared in the present-day scenes in the pilot. In episode two, Nancy is paired with a new EMT, Glenn Morrison, and enjoys multiple short term relationships. Nancy constantly ridicules and hazes Glenn for being a newbie, as does the rest of the team. The entire team made bets on how long it would take for Nancy to sleep with Glenn and they have come close often but so far their relationship has remained platonic. Nancy is also very close to Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck. Their relationship was strained when Reuben survived the crash that killed Terry but while treating victims of a shooting rampage, Rabbit takes a bullet for Nancy when she refuses to allow the shooter to kill one of the injured (Bad Day At Work). Nancy shows her incredible skills as a surgeon while repairing a torn artery in an impalement case. Nancy successfully repairs the broken artery with great agility, something that Dr. Joe Saviano praises her for (Stuck). Dr. Saviano also writes Nancy a letter of recommendation for a residency rotation at the hospital but two hours later Nancy and Glenn are broadsided by a bus while driving the rig. Nancy suffers internal bleeding from cracked ribs puncturing her spleen and she is forced to have her spleen removed in a splenectomy (Home Court). In Blue Balloon, we learn that she and Rabbit are a couple, and that neither Nancy nor Rabbit want anyone to find out. This kind of relationship began at Thank You, when Rabbit goes to Nancy's place for Thanksgiving.
  • Aimee Garcia as Marisa Benez – One year after the fatal helicopter accident, young military veteran Marisa joins the SFFD as the pilot of the rescue helicopter where she is partnered with Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck. Rabbit's rule bending and often comedic style differs from her stern by-the-book way of working but she eventually learns to tolerate Rabbit's actions. While driving Marisa home, she experiences Rabbit's daring, Bullitt inspired driving where he informs her he continues with job because he "can't die" (Pilot).
  • Kevin Rankin as Tyler Briggs – Tyler and his partner Cameron Boone enjoy a good working relationship althought they argue over trivial matters on a daily basis. Tyler was also a survivor of the fatal helicopter crash one year ago that killed EMT Terry Banner. Tyler still respects Terry's legacy as he even refuses to beat Terry's score on a video game (Alls Fair). Tyler recently "came out of the closet" to Boone while safeguarding a halloween party. Tyler felt troubled over Boone's very apparent disapproval with homosexuality but since then they have held onto their partnership (Masquerade).
  • Taylor Kinney as Glenn Morrison – Glenn is brought in as a new EMT one year after the fatal helicopter crash that killed EMT Terry Banner. Glenn is partnered with Terry's former girlfriend, Nancy. Glenn puts up with a lot of nasty practical jokes and hazing by the other EMTs, who refer to him as "probie". The team had a bet going on how long it would take Nancy to sleep with Glenn, but they have remained platonic. During a massive car accident at a town fair, Glenn attempts to send the driver who caused the accident last, but Rabbit reminds him that they are there to treat victims, not to decide who is good or bad (Alls Fair). Glenn forms a close friendship with ER intern Diana Van Dine as they are both new to their jobs. That same day Glenn attempts to talk to Nancy but his distractions while driving to a softball accident causes their rig to be broadsided by an oncoming bus leading to a massive accident. Glenn and Nancy are both injured but Nancy is far worse with a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding. Glenn feels responsible for the accident, something he later relates to with Diana after she misdiagnoses Glenn's CT scan and Glenn ends up collapsing in a bar after getting into an argument with an inebriated Rabbit (Home Court).
  • Jamey Sheridan as Dr. Joseph "Joe" Saviano – Dr. Joe, or often called "Joey", by Rabbit, as his EMT friends call him, is a doctor at the ER for the hospital. While he fond of all of the paramedics, he is especially close with Nancy. He is impressed by her skills and encourages her to follow through with her training as a doctor. Joe writes Nancy a letter of recommendation for a residency rotation but two hours later Nancy and Glenn are brought in after their ambulance is hit by a bus and crashes, costing Nancy her spleen. Nancy's father finds the letter that Joe wrote and later accosts him in an elevator where he strongly implies that Joe has feelings for Nancy and that any relationship would be inappropriate (Home Court). Joe is especially hard on the new ER intern Diana Van Dine.
  • Cliff Curtis as Reuben "Rabbit" Palchuck – Rabbit gets his nickname by the fact that he constantly has survived massive accidents unscathed, to the point he feels like he "can't die". Rabbit survives a fatal helicopter crash that kills EMT Terry Banner and the pilot, Asher "Rotor" Reynolds (Pilot). Rabbit often uses sardonic humor with his job and has a narrow-minded rule bending approach to things, something his new pilot, Marisa Benez, disapproves of. He is especially close to Nancy, though their relationship suffered a strain after the crash but Reuben eventually takes a bullet for Nancy while treating victims of an office building rampage (Bad Day At Work) Rabbit shows Marisa his gift of "not dying" while driving her home at incredibly reckless speeds and is inspired by the movie Bullitt. During the speed, he accidentally clips a man's car door and severs his finger. The man, intoxicated, is convinced with Rabbit's influence that he caused the accident, something Marisa strongly objects to. Reuben has bottled up his emotions after the helicopter crash to the point that he gains a fear of flying. After receiving help from his colleagues, he faces his fear by flying in an intense storm and surviving (Stuck).
  • Scottie Thompson as Diana Van Dine – Diana is a new ER intern at the hospital who, like EMT Glenn Morrison, is frequently the butt of her co-workers' jokes. Rabbit flirted with her until she gave him a firm "no" (Masquerade). Diana eats lunch in the laundry room to avoid the nurses and other doctors. After Glenn joins her one day, they realize - much to their surprise - that they are both natives of neighboring communities in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. Glenn and Nancy are later involved in a car accident. The doctor forces Diana to take point on Glenn's hospital stay and she fails to double check his CT scan. Later Glenn and a drunk Reuben get into an altercation at a bar and Glenn collapses. After a firm reprimand by the doctors, Diana is discouraged again but Glenn manages to make her feel like part of the group after Nancy and Glenn regain consciousness from their injuries (Home Court).


The pilot episode featured a multi-vehicle accident and resulting giant fireball, which were filmed in March 2009 on Interstate 280 in the Mission Bay neighborhood just south of downtown San Francisco.[6]

US Nielsen ratings

Weekly ratings

Also see the list of Trauma episodes

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
1 "Pilot" 4.4 7 2.3/6[7] 6.93[7] 4 11
2 "All's Fair" 3.6 5 1.8/4[8] 5.49[8] 4 12
3 "Bad Day at Work" 3.5 6 1.8/4[9] 5.52[9] 4 12
4 "Stuck" 3.4 5 1.8/4[10] 5.52[10] 4 15
5 "Masquerade" 3.7 6 1.9/5[11] 5.77[11] 4 12
6 "Home Court" 3.9 6 2.1/5[12] 6.23[12] 4 11
7 "That Fragile Hour" 3.5 5 1.8/4[13] 5.38[13] 4 10
8 "M'Aidez" 3.4 5 1.8/4[14] 5.16[14] 4 10
9 "Going Home" 3.4 5 1.7/4[15] 5.40[15] 4 12
10 "Blue Balloon" 3.7 6 1.8/4[16] 5.89[16] 4 12
11 "Tunnel Vision" 3.0 5 1.4/3[17] 4.78 4 13
12 "Protocol" 1.5/4[18] 5.25


Trauma has been criticized by national EMS organizations for being unrealistic and portraying paramedics inaccurately.[19][20]

International distribution

Country TV network(s) Weekly schedule (local time)
Australia Australia Seven Network Mid-2010
Brazil Brazil Warner Channel 10:00pm Wednesday[21]
Belgium Belgium 2BE 9:10pm Mondays[22]
Canada Canada Citytv 9:00pm Mondays[23]
Netherlands The Netherlands RTL 5 9:30pm Tuesday[24]
 New Zealand TV3 9:30pm Sunday (9:30pm Sunday)
 Portugal AXN 10:25pm Thursdays (10:25pm Thursdays)
Sweden Sweden TV3 9:00pm Mondays
Greece Greece Star Channel 6:45pm Saturday
United Kingdom United Kingdom Virgin1 10:00pm Mondays
Spain Spain Tele 5 April 2010
Poland Poland Canal+ April 8, 2010


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  2. ^ Robert Seidman (October 28, 2009). "Trauma Canceled by NBC: no additional episodes will be ordered". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NBC orders more 'Trauma,' 'Parks,' 'L&O,' more". The Hollywood Reporter. January 20, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NBC's post-'Leno' schedule revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 8, 2010). "NBC Announces Season Finale Dates, including Two Hour Chuck Finale on May 24". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Christopher Heredia, "Patient spectators have blast at S.F. TV shoot," San Francisco Chronicle, 30 March 2009, B1.
  7. ^ a b Robert Seidman (September 29, 2009). "TV Ratings: House down, still tops; Trauma’s explosions lead to ratings implosion". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Robert Seidman (October 6, 2009). "TV Ratings: Most shows down Castle flat (in finals); Heroes sinks further". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Robert Seidman (October 13, 2009). "TV Ratings: Castle flat; Heroes, Trauma stabilize as CBS and ABC take night". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Robert Seidman (October 20, 2009). "TV Ratings: Castle flat; Heroes, Trauma stabilize as CBS and ABC take night". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Robert Seidman (October 27, 2009). "TV Ratings: CSI: Miami rerun CRUSHES The Jay Leno Show; Castle gains". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Robert Seidman (November 3, 2009). "TV Ratings: World Series Game five wins for FOX; Heroes, Trauma up; Castle down". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Robert Seidman (November 10, 2009). "TV Ratings: House, Lie to Me up; Heroes, Castle down; Jay Leno slips below 4 million viewers". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Robert Seidman (November 18, 2009). "TV Ratings: The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Castle up; Heroes down". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Last Night's Result: 11/23/2009". November 24, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  16. ^ a b Robert Seidman (December 2, 2009). "TV Ratings: House tops night; The Jay Leno Show loses to reruns of CSI: Miami, Castle". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
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  21. ^ "Channel Schedulle" (in Portuguese). 
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  24. ^ "Ziekenhuisseries Mercy en Trauma nieuw bij RTL 5" (in Dutch). Mediacourant. 

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