Revisiting ABC’s “Off the Map” from Shonda Rhimes (2011)

It was Grey’s Anatomy in the jungle, but Off the Map only lasted one year. Revisit the one-season-wonder series.

Are you ready for a medical drama with a twist? Look no further than 2011’s Off the Map, a show that follows young (attractive) doctors as they provide medical care in the beautiful, remote jungles of South America. From jungle parasites to language barriers, there was never a dull moment on this show.

Cast and characters:

But Off the Map wasn’t just about the medical cases. (It’s a Shondaland show, created by Jenna Bans, after all.) The show followed the personal lives of the characters’ relationships, struggles, and triumphs. From love triangles to fighting for survival, the characters’ stories kept audiences on the edge of their seats.

Each character was perfectly cast with familiar faces (especially if you watch Grey’s Anatomy) like:

  • Jason George (Station 19)
  • Martin Henderson (Virgin River)
  • Mamie Gummer (True Detective)
  • Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights)
  • Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls)
  • Rachelle Lafevre (Under the Dome)
  • Valerie Cruz (The Following)

Not to mention the recurring or guest actors like:

  • Tessa Thompson (West World)
  • Nicholas Gonzales (LaBrea)
  • Aimee Garcia (Lucifer)
  • Judy Reyes (Scrubs)
  • Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong)
Love in the jungle wasn’t enough:

Off the Map was filmed on location in Hawaii, with the lush jungles and crystal clear waters serving as the perfect backdrop for the show’s dramatic and emotional moments. But no matter how beautiful the people or the setting, the series struggled in the ratings and was ultimately canceled after one season. But for those lucky enough to catch it during its original run, the show remains a hidden gem that can occasionally be found on streaming services today.

Is it worth revisiting?

Do you like other shows from Shonda Rhimes and team? If so, you should pack your bags and prepare for a jungle adventure with Off the Map. Even though the show may be off the airwaves, it’s a fun, soapy ride that modern-day viewers will still enjoy.