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TV Series Review

When life gives you lemons, become a doctor! That’s not how the saying goes, I know. But that’s the motto 50-year-old Carol Kenney is living by.

After Carol’s husband left her to “find himself,” Carol decided to step out of retirement as a former high school science teacher to pursue her lifelong dream: becoming a doctor. Sure, it’s not the conventional, slow-paced life most retirees dream of following a lifetime of hard work and raising kids. But it’s all Carol has ever wanted. And now she’s starting fresh as an intern of internal medicine at Loyola Memorial Hospital.

As the oldest intern around, Carol’s got some wisdom, and years, on most of the doctors and interns around her. Still, not everyone embraces her high-energy approach to life, or her endless stories and gleaming optimism. Least of all chief resident Dr. Jacobs. Luckily for Carol, she knows how to win people over. So she starts by whipping out her teacher skills to guide her fellow interns, like conceited Daniel, insecure Caleb and uncertain Lexie.

Together, these four learn what it means to glean wisdom, to stop and listen, and to place patient care at the top of their never-ending to-do lists.

A Second Chance on CBS

Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton, best known for her long stint on CBS’ hit series Everybody Loves Raymond and ABC’s The Middle, returns to CBS to play Carol Kenney in her new sitcom. And anyone who’s familiar with her style on those two shows won’t be too surprised by her latest role here.

Heaton has always excelled playing likeable, down-to-earth, normal characters whom normal folks in Middle America will likely relate to easily. And though her character here is different in some ways, Carol Kenney once again embodies that kind of easy likability.

As does the show itself. Unlike so many sitcoms and medical dramas, Carol’s Second Act mostly steers clear of the kind of content pitfalls that often torpedo such shows. Yes, there’s some light profanity, a bit of innuendo and an occasionally crude reference. Carol’s not perfect. But at least in the early going, the new show avoids fixating on bloody medical procedures, nonstop boundary-pushing vulgarities and explicit sexual content.

Instead, Heaton’s latest comedic effort focuses on the value and wisdom of getting older, the importance of diverse perspectives and the hope that can be found in a second chance.

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Sept. 26, 2019: "Pilot"



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Patricia Heaton as Dr. Carol Kenney; Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Steven Frost; Ito Aghayere as Dr. Maya Jacobs; Ashley Tisdale as Jenny Kenney; Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Dr. Daniel Kutcher; Lucas Neff as Caleb; Sabrina Jalees as Dr. Lexie Gilani; Cedric Yarbrough as Nurse Dennis






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Kristin Smith

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