Three Rivers

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6.92010TV-14
A new twist on the television medical drama, this one-season series set in a Pittsburgh hospital explores the race-against-time world of organ transplants from the perspective of the medical team, the organ recipients, the donors and their families.
Starring
Alex O'LoughlinKatherine MoennigDaniel Henney
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Place Of Life
    October 4, 2009
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    After suffering a heart-attack, Andy tells a young pregnant woman that in order to save her and her unborn child she must get a heart transplant. However, unexpected complications with the donor's family place the transplant in jeopardy.
  2. 2. Ryan's First Day
    October 11, 2009
    44min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Andy and the team try to save an 18-year-old college student in need of a double lung transplant but run into a road block that might not allow her to be eligible for a new set of lungs
  3. 3. Good Intentions
    October 18, 2009
    42min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After Andy convinces UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) to give a former drug addict a new heart, things take a turn when the patient disappears right before the surgery.
  4. 4. Code Green
    October 25, 2009
    44min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Following a bus crash, the parents of a football player must make a heartbreaking decision whether to donate his organs. Meanwhile, Andy and Ryan rush to find a procurement team to give a boy a heart transplant he desperately needs.
  5. 5. Alone Together
    November 1, 2009
    42min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In order to save his life, Andy tries a risky new procedure on his wife's partner who suffers from an aortic aneurysm.
  6. 6. Where We Lie
    November 8, 2009
    44min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Lisa becomes very attached to an 8-year-old boy who she witnesses being crushed by a ride at a fair. Meanwhile, Andy and David try to get a VAD (ventricular assist device) for one of their patients.
  7. 7. The Luckiest Man
    November 15, 2009
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Andy treats a car crash victim dying from ALS who asks to be to taken off of life support so his organs can be used to save others. Meanwhile, David tends to a foster parent with pulmonary hypertension who refuses admission to the hospital.
  8. 8. The Kindness Of Strangers
    November 22, 2009
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    The wife of a billionaire suffers the consequences after a setback leaves her without a new liver and her husband resorts to buying one on the black market. Meanwhile, a friend from Andy's past resurfaces.
  9. 9. Win-Loss
    June 5, 2010
    42min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a bride is gunned down at her wedding, the team is sent to harvest her lungs to transplant into a college basketball player.
  10. 10. A Roll Of The Dice
    June 12, 2010
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Andy is forced to make a tough decision when the wife of a man in need of the kidney transplant is not a suitable match.
  11. 11. Every Breath You Take
    June 19, 2010
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A firefighter must decide whether to be a living donor to her captain, a man who has mistreated her. Meanwhile, Andy's uncle turns up with a stab wound and asks him not to report the incident for fear it will violate his parole.
  12. 12. Case Histories
    June 26, 2010
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Andy is upset when his rival, an arrogant heart surgeon with no bedside manner, returns to the hospital.
  13. 13. Status 1A
    July 3, 2010
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Andy puts his patient Kuol at the top of the donor list to receive a new heart after his condition takes a turn for the worse.

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NOVA GuyReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
What were they thinking when they canceled the series??
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I only recently came across this series and can only say that I am thoroughly puzzled by the network's decision to cut the season (after only 4 episodes). Luckily, while they cut the series at least they made an entire season of episodes. I've read opinions elsewhere that said the medical aspects weren't at all realistic. I'm no doctor, maybe they're right. However, I have picked up some actual real world medical experience with regards to respiratory and heart issues (that would be through experiencing them) and I didn't see anything in the show that ran counter to what I learned. Enough of that, as I said I'm no doctor, maybe they bamboozled me but... who cares? It was close enough to be reasonable.

I found the writing to be of a very good quality, the characterizations were very believable and the plots were involved enough to keep the mind occupied. The writing, acting, and direction showed the entire gamut of the hopes, fears, and emotions of people involved in the drama of organ donation and transplants. At the same time, the shows weren't dark, they also showed just enough humor to keep you from wanting to end it all after watching the show.

Over all, this was a great series that should never have been canceled.
23 people found this helpful
GrydoveReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sorry to see this one end.
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Sorry to see this show end. There is so much good in medical transplantation, and there probably would have been a lot more "cases" and relationships for us to learn from and enjoy if the show had continued. Even though this was a fictional show, there was enough medical information to inspire me to look up terms and procedures that were fascinating to learn more about. And the interesting personalities of all the characters kept my attention. Ah well... The actors and plots were excellent and I hope Amazon will continue to offer good programs like this for Prime members.
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aussietvhobbyistReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Three Rivers" takes the televison medical drama genre a third gigantic leap forward.
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I am a fan of television medical drama. As a kid, I grew up with "Ben Casey". My passion for the subject of medicine being portrayed in the media took two gigantic leaps forward with "St. Elsewhere" and "ER". The intelligence and the spirit of the creators behind these shows truly permeated through their storylines and their characters, to connect with viewers like myself, so strongly, because they acknowledged that we too had intelligence and spirit. I have followed the concept write-ups for "Three Rivers" - a new fall CBS drama which tells the story of today's cutting edge medical technologies and processes of organ and tissue transplantation from three perspectives - those of the transplant team; the donors and their families; and the recipients and their families. Headed by Alex O'Loughlin ("Moonlight"), and supported by a strong ensemble cast including a long-time personal favourite, Alfre Woodard ("St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law"), I hold high hopes for "Three Rivers" to share with TNT's "HawthoRNe" the third gigantic leap forward for television medical drama.

P.S. As of October 19th, 2009 Network Ten in Australia has pulled the plug on "Three Rivers" after airing only one episode. A VERY disappointing move indeed!!!! After singing the network's praises in the past for airing such great quality programming as "Picket Fences" and "NYPD Blue", I am VERY disappointed that they haven't given the people behind creating the "Three Rivers" concept more credit. Not only is it an insult to the real life transplant surgeon (whose life Alex O'Loughlin's character "Andy Yablonski" is based on), but it is an insult to those who are trying to support the public health message of organ and tissue donation, and the future possibilities of transplantation medicine. I can only hope that CBS in America give "Three Rivers" the credit it deserves, and in its wisdom, a DVD release of the series for those who are genuinely interested in its subject matter.

P.S. As of November 25th, 2009 I am so thankful CBS still regards "Three Rivers" highly enough to include it on its schedule through to the conclusion of its 13 episode order. In an almost limitless landscape of television choice "Three Rivers" truly deserves to stand proudly as "the new engine on the block that could", as the comparable viewer totals during sweeps for it and other highly regarded dramas, such as "Cold Case", "Law & Order", "Brothers & Sisters", and the new "FlashForward" are pretty much on par with each other. Keep it up "Three Rivers". I, for one, am very proud of what you stand for.

P.S. As of December 2nd, 2009 I have learned that CBS has removed "Three Rivers" from its December schedule, and some entertainment news sites have announced that the show has been officially cancelled. This is indeed sombre news - but a little beam of light illuminates the fact that "Three Rivers" is still in production to complete CBS's 13 episode order. This will give the high quality drama a chance at a high quality conclusion. I will be lining up with a whole legion of admirers to purchase "Three Rivers - The Complete Series" on DVD.

P.S. As of April 28th, 2010 it appears CBS has signed Alex O'Loughlin on to head its new version of "Hawaii Five-O". Presumably, this high-action crime drama will be marketed as one of CBS's most anticipated new series for its Fall 2010 Season launch. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope that this can work, in marketing terms, in favour of a DVD release of "Three Rivers - The Complete Series", as I would like, so very much, to see this significant series in its entirety.
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LaurieReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Three Rivers
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Three Rivers is a fascinating show, and it has something for everyone. You don't have to be a fan of medical dramas to enjoy it. Alex O'Loughlin is perfectly cast as Dr. Andy Yablonski, and his hard work and study shows. Alex is extremely passionate about this role, and has become an ambassador for Donate Life.
Not only is Three Rivers informative and important in educating people about organ donations, but the writers are quickly weaving stories around the various characters, and making me more and more anxious to see each episode. The entire cast is excellent, but I am glad to see that we are finding out more about Dr. Andy and his past and personal life. A doctor with a dark past to deal with along with work that keeps him too busy to keep his marriage together makes for a fascinating hour.
The writers have woven the three parts of this show so skillfully - the doctors, the donors and the families of the donors. There is action to keep your attention the entire hour and it leaves you wanting more. This show is touching, dramatic and has just the right touch of humor.
Three Rivers has a very tough spot. Where I live, the football on CBS has consistently pushed it later than many people want to watch TV on a Sunday night, with school and work the next day. It has been on against football on NBC, and it even had the World Series to contend with on FOX. This week, while I watched one of the best episodes yet, ABC was airing the AMAs - and again, football on NBC. I am glad to see that CBS seems to be trying to give this marvelous show the chance that it so richly deserves, and I hope that they appreciate the show and the stellar cast enough to try airing it on another night during the week.
I love Three Rivers. Alex O'Loughlin, as always, is brilliant - and I look forward to seeing much more. I am praying for a DVD!
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C. GilsonReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quality DVD set, with writer and cast of Hawaii 5-0
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If you liked the first season of Hawaii 5-0: the main leads, the written episodes, the tech briefings and flat-screen computers then you going to like Three Rivers.

The Hospital is set in Pittsburgh, where the three rivers meet. The series is created by Carol Barbee, who is executive producer with Alex O'Loughlin as lead surgeon. This show ran 2009-2010, then both jump to Hawaii 5-0 for 2010-2011, and Carol Barbee leaves after season 1 to go to Touch.

The set up might seem familiar: a few quick story developments before the credits, then from the various cities into the hospital Three Rivers and we see how the people end up connected, who lives, who might die, and how this effects the main characters, including Katherine Moennig heartthrob of L-word and Daniel Henney of the X-files films.

The first few episodes show how the organ system works and how `procurements' are done, as well as how close to death you might need to be in order to get an organ (plus how good your insurance might need to be).

This medical show is different in that it takes place mostly in the ICU, not the ER and covers everyone from people who come in Ambulance through the ER, to chronic conditions and those who have been waiting for years for transplants. With an A-list of patients (including some ex-doctors from Chicago Hope), there seems to be no problem finding the story of that week medically but also some background drama for doctors.

Owiso Odera is Kuol, representing the hopeful uninsured who can't even get listed for his heart, which is shutting down, despite his having survived the war in the Sudan.

The DVD set, in a three holding case look like the real thing and while there are not paper ads, the 13 episodes along with 2 special features are present, much like other 3 DVD/13 episode series. There are no subtitles, which at $5,000 an episode are probably too expensive, or too much in terms of room on the DVD. Still it is a good deal for a very enjoyable medical series. And one which we are fortunate to find on DVD at all.

Sad it is gone BUT it seems some of the equipment, producer, writer and actor went on to the first season of Hawaii 5-0.
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Carolina GirlReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Television
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I have so enjoyed this medical series. I am amazed that an hour has been enough time to make me care about what happens in the lives of the donors, the recipients and the medical staff of Three Rivers. I also found this show answering questions I have long had about what happens with organ donors and how the donation and recipient process works. I have to admit, Three Rivers has gone a long way in calming some of the fears I have had about becoming an organ donor. In addition this is a very interesting show, as well as a show with a lot of heart. The problem in watching it each week was in actually finding the show on television on Sunday nights. Due to constant football overruns, it never aired at the same time twice in a row! One night I timed the delay, and on that specific evening it finally started more than 35 minutes after the time it was scheduled to begin. I told my sister, who lives in Canada, about how much I was enjoying Three Rivers and although she was anxious to see the show for herself, she was only able to find and watch it once! What a shame. It is such a good show with a wonderfully rich cast of both regulars and weekly visitors. The last episode got more personal with Dr. Andy and revealed an interesting family tie who was first a negetaive influence and then became a questionable saviour; a family tie that apparently lead him down a path that he has, at least temporarily, been able to divert and save himself from. This set in motion a new twist that I believe separates Three Rivers from the medical dramas that came before it. This show used cutting edge and some not yet realized computer aged technologies to provide the magnificent visuals that allowed the audience a glimplse into the complicated world of medicine. It provided to the audience a means of understanding the medical dramas that unfolded each week without talking down to us. It is my humble opinion that this show, in addition to providing much needed information and clarification to the public at large on the subject of organ tranplants, broke new ground in medical dramas for television. It is a real shame it has been cancelled. I miss seeing it each week and can't wait to buy it on DVD.
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sdbunnyReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Best medical I have watched in some time..
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Initially I thought " who needs another medical show". The ensemble cast works. They are quirky, u predictable human beings that work on ia transplant unit. Fast paced. Smart dialogue. Engaging characters. I was unhappy when I ran out of episodes to watch. There is warmth, humor and empathy infused throughout the episode. The characters are at times unpredictable, but always compassionate, intelligent advocAtes for those on their team. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Janet BrownReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
There Needs To Be More Episodes!
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I watched every episode of Three Rivers with tears in my eyes. Some were tears of joy and some were sadness for the donor families. Both my parents donated their bodies and I know the heart felt feelings portrayed here. I am sad that there aren't more seasons. I would have loved to see Kuoul become part of the staff. He was as big a part of the show as the doctors. I loved this series and will watch it again.
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