Can you make an hour long medical drama that’s engaging despite every character being a terrible person? That’s the basic conceit of The Resident, a profoundly negative look at the healthcare industry through the eyes of resident doctor Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). He’s a great doctor but a bit of a jerk… and weirdly that makes him the positive character on the show.
We follow Hawkins through all sorts of horrific accidents, incidents and shenanigans that make up life in a hospital desperate to keep its doors open. Think of it like House but filled with intentionally terrible human beings instead of unintentionally terrible people. Each week it’s a look at the medical system that’ll make your stomach churn in a lot of ways.
It’s thirteen episodes that make you want to get on a treadmill and keep any sort of long-term disease away from you.
It’s actually an engaging show, despite the terrible nature of it all, because it has a ton going for it. A stellar cast, great writing and some spectacular visuals make it a great watch. This might not be the next great medical drama… but it’s pretty damn good.
20th Century Fox presents The Resident (Season 1). Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi. Starring Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Bruce Greenwood, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey, Melina Kanakaredes, Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Run Time: 615 minutes Not rated . Released on DVD: 10.2.18
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