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TV Series Review

Your doctor should be someone you trust. Someone you can go to with complete confidence as they slice you open during surgery or stick another needle into your veins. After all, it’s your life on the line.

Unfortunately, carelessness, lack of time and the lure of money cause some medical professionals to lose their touch and their heart. Unconventional senior resident, Conrad Hawkins, knows that this isn’t true of every physician at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, but it is of some.

“[As doctors] All we want to do is help our patients, but what they don’t teach us in medical school is that there are so many ways to do harm.”

And there’s the dilemma. How do you continue to do good when harm is lurking around the corner? And how do you consistently put your patient first when messy hospital politics always seem to get in the way?

No Two Doctors Are Equal

Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta may have its fair share of bad eggs, but it’s also filled with dedicated staff members whose highest concern is the patient—like the brash genius Conrad, or Conrad’s lover and top-of-the-line nurse, Nicolette, or Conrad’s protégé, resident doctor Pravesh. Even Conrad’s fellow colleagues Mina Okafor, Irving Feldman and AJ Austin, while they can’t match Conrad’s surgical prowess, still care deeply for the patients in their care.

But these excellent medical professionals feel as if they’re constantly working against a broken system—whether that’s at home or in the office.

Chastain Park has recently been bought out by Red Rock Mountain Medical, a company determined to bring the hospital up to par, no matter how many caring doctors get the boot. And when the doctors take a breather from saving lives and preventing deaths, they’re engaged in personal battles and sorting out emotions behind closed doors.

Another Medical Drama for the Books

It seems like audiences would get sick of medical dramas at some point, but according to shows like The Good Doctor, New Amsterdam and our current specimen, The Resident, viewers can’t seem to get enough of medical terminology, soapy drama and bloody procedures.

And they get the whole gambit while viewing this Fox original.

The sexual content and language issues don’t reach that of the salacious Grey’s Anatomy, but they’re still present. Main character Conrad Hawkins isn’t quite as snarky as the beloved titular doctor of House, but he has his moments. And the heart of the show, while it does exist, doesn’t always shine as brightly as it could.

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Episode Reviews

Sept. 24, 2019: "From the Ashes"
May 6, 2019: “The Unbefriended”



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Matt Czuchry as Conrad Hawkins; Emily VanCamp as Nicolette Nevin; Manish Dayal as Devon Pravesh; Shaunette Renée Wilson as Mina Okafor; Bruce Greenwood as Randolph Bell; Tasso Feldman as Irving Feldman; Malcolm-Jamal Warner as AJ Austin; Jessica Miesel as Nurse Jessica Moore; Vince Foster as Dr. Paul Chu; Denitra Isler as Nurse Hundley; Michael Hogan as Dr. Albert Nolan; Jane Leeves as Dr. Kitt Voss; Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain; Corbin Bernsen as Kyle Nevin






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Kristin Smith

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