Critical Condition: The Resident

The Resident | TVNZ 2, 8.50 Monday

➢ “Dr. Conrad Hawkins (The Good Wife’s Matt Czuchry), The Resident of Fox’s new medical drama, doesn’t play by the rules. He’s foul-mouthed, obnoxious, has no respect for authority but he gets results. We’ve seen him before. And we’ve seen him on much better shows. Resident (★½ out of four) is an exercise in frustration. Self-important, predictable and inconsistent, the series delivers bland stories about terrible people playing God just because they can.” — USA Today.

➢ “A by-the-numbers treatment of genius doctors playing God, the sensitive nurses who screw them in the break room and the American medical system that treats patients like commodified extensions of their insurance plans. That’s not high praise, but ABC’s The Good Doctor has already proven this season that audiences are starved for by-the-numbers medical procedurals with minor character-driven wrinkles, and The Resident has the sort of cast that makes watching uninspired drama at least feel diverting.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

➢ “Fox’s latest attempt at a fresh medical drama is a surprisingly cynical look at human nature and corporatised healthcare. That’s a refreshing, dark underside to what is otherwise a pretty run-of-the-mill story: Handsome young professionals, dramatic medical emergencies, and feverish hookups in empty exam rooms … As a result, The Resident is one of the most negative views of modern healthcare we’ve got — I mean, besides any trip to your local general hospital.” — Variety.

➢ “The Resident is a meat-and-potatoes hospital show in which mostly pretty people, mostly in lab coats, try to work or game or fight the system (and each other) in order to help their patients or help themselves. If it doesn’t break any new ground in the genre, it efficiently delivers a familiar mix of ethical conundrums and colourful characters, with just enough blood and sex to seem ‘real’ in TV terms.” — Los Angeles Times.

➢ “The conflict between doctors, which reminded me of the great 2004 BBC drama Bodies, could make for potent medical drama. But first, Conrad and his allies are going to have to come down off their soapbox.” — TV Guide.

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3 Responses to “Critical Condition: The Resident”

  1. TVNZ 2 needs do some thing about TV3′s Dancing With the Stars. We need some thing bigger and smarter but more entertaining, don’t let MediaWorks rule over us.

  2. Isn’t TV2’s answer to DWTS Survivor NZ?And I’m not sure I’d let MediaWorks (or any media company) to rule over me.

  3. Dancing With The Stars will do the cha cha all over TVNZ, who can resist a LIVE TV show? :)

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