3 lbs

3 lbs

Created by Peter Ocko
Starring Stanley Tucci
Mark Feuerstein
Indira Varma
Tamara Taylor
Armando Riesco
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Peter Ocko
Ken Topolsky
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Levinson/Fontana Company
Ocko & Company
CBS Paramount Network Television
Original network CBS
Original release November 14 – 28, 2006
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3 lbs was a drama that aired on CBS from November 14 to 28, 2006, replacing the cancelled series Smith. The show itself was then canceled three weeks later due to poor ratings.[1][2]

The title refers to the fact that the average human brain weighs approximately three pounds. The show follows the medical careers of prominent brain surgeon Doctor Douglas Hanson (played by Stanley Tucci) and his protégé, Jonathan Seger.

The show was promoted as "the next great medical drama." The theme song is "Calling All Angels" by Train. Eight episodes were made, and the five episodes that did not originally air in the United States are available on Amazon Unbox.

The program filmed in New York City at the request of Tucci, who didn't want to be away from home to make the series.

When the pilot was originally filmed Dylan McDermott played Dr. Doug Hanson, and Reiko Aylesworth played Dr. Adrienne Holland.

Main cast

Actor Role
Stanley Tucci Dr. Douglas Hanson
Mark Feuerstein Dr. Jonathan Seger
Indira Varma Dr. Adrienne Holland
Armando Riesco Dr. Thomas Flores
Zabryna Guevara Melania Ortiz
Griffin Dunne Jeffrey Coles
Juliette Goglia Erica Lund
Tamara Taylor Della


No.TitleDirected byWritten byU.S. air dateUK air date[3]U.S. viewers
1"Lost For Words"Davis GuggenheimPeter OckoNovember 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) (CBS)March 11, 20079.86[4]
After a teen collapses while playing violin in a concert, it's discovered she has a tumor. Dr. Hanson want to operate on the young girl's brain, but the girl's mother isn't sure that is best since she recently suffered a loss of another daughter during an operation. Meanwhile, Hanson's protégé, Dr. Jonathan Seger arrives.
2"Of Two Minds"Arlene SanfordDavey HolmesNovember 21, 2006 (2006-11-21) (CBS)March 25, 20079.21[5]
Hanson and his staff deal with a pregnant woman who has a brain tumor. Hanson wants her to follow a treatment plan that threatens the life of her unborn child, but the patient is determined to keep her baby. Although she refuses the radiation, she agrees to a complicated brain surgery that could buy her some time. After the surgery, she discovers some unexpected side effects. Meanwhile, Dr. Seger discovers he is involved with the attorney of a man he's treating who has been accused of a violent crime.
3"Heart-Stopping"John David ColesScott KauferNovember 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) (CBS)April 15, 20077.97[6]
A woman that three years ago Hanson operated for an aneurysm returns complaining of double vision. After making some test, they find that she has another aneurysm that her chance of surviving surgery is approximately 20%. But when she agrees to surgery, her brother is determined to stop her and at the same time risking her life. Meanwhile, Adrianne falls for an astronomy professor who suffers from face blindness.
4"Disarming"Nicole KassellPeter OckoOctober 10, 2008 (2008-10-10) (Universal HD)March 18, 2007N/A
A soldier who was wounded in Iraq by shrapnel to his head suffers a stroke, which leads to paralysis in his left arm. Even worse, the man believes the arm doesn't belong to him but rather to a fellow soldier who died. Also, a woman is diagnosed with a so-called joking disease caused by a tumor that makes her lose memory and find most things humorous.
5"The God Spot"John FortenberryJessica BallOctober 17, 2008 (2008-10-17) (Universal HD)April 1, 2007N/A
When Erica Lund's seizures become more severe, Dr. Hanson suggests surgery, but she adamantly refuses because she doesn't want to lose the euphoric moment before the seizure hits when she sees God. Meantime, another patient is being treated for a traumatic head wound that causes him to blurt out his most intimate thoughts.
6"Bad Boys"Sanford BookstaverPeter OckoOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24) (Universal HD)April 22, 2007N/A
A young man has a motorcycle accident, and goes into a coma. After a round of tests it is discovered that he is responsive to the sound of his girlfriend's voice.
7"The Cutting Edge"Ken GirottiMatt McGuinnessOctober 31, 2008 (2008-10-31) (Universal HD)April 29, 2007N/A
A woman thinks she is pregnant, but we find out it is a pituitary tumor. She has had an affair with a younger man, and he wants to stick by her.
8"Plugged In"Ken GirottiDavey HolmesNovember 7, 2008 (2008-11-07) (Universal HD)June 3, 2007N/A
Hanson decides to do a cutting edge procedure on a man who is suffering from severe clinical depression. He cannot be cured with medication.


  1. "'3 Lbs.' gone in 3 weeks". Archived from the original on 2 December 2006.
  2. CBS sheds 3 Lbs. - TV.com
  3. "BBC One - 3 lbs - Episode Guide". BBC. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  4. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 11/13/06 THROUGH 11/19/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. November 21, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  5. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 11/20/06 THROUGH 11/26/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. November 28, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  6. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 11/27/06 THROUGH 12/03/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. December 5, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2011.

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