I just watched the first two episodes of ABC's six-part series Hopkins.
Hopkins chronicles the lives of several doctors and is mesmerizing, not just for the coverage of the medical stuff but also for the glimpse into the doctors' personal lives. One family is in the beginning stages of being torn apart by a cardiothoracic surgery resident's long hours.
So heartbreaking hearing the little daughter's perspective.
That hit home for me. My father was always at the hospital during my childhood. He was gone so much that we used to joke that he was with his "other family."
To quote The Smiths, that joke isn't funny anymore.
My parents ultimately divorced much later when I was in college. There was a whole host of issues, but I don't doubt that my father's work priorities had a little something to do with it.
There is so much that is impressive and uplifting about Hopkins, though. My favorite character so far is Dr. Boyle, the first female urologic surgery attending at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is so positive and spunky and simply incredible at her job. Nothing fazes her. Vasectomies are child's play.
A close second for me is Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa, who was once an illegal migrant worker. From such humble beginnings, he managed to go to Berkeley and then Harvard Medical School and finally UCSF for his residency. Now, he's a star neurosurgeon. Crazy awesome.
Regular episodes air Thursdays at 10 p.m. If you haven't see this show, go watch episodes online!
I saw part of one of the episodes. I thought it was interesting, although I'm probably spoiled with the intensity of shows like Grey's. I was impressed by a lot of the docs you mentioned, too.ReplyDelete
i missed the first episode (stupid dvr), but we watched episode 2 and it was great. my heart was totally breaking when the little girl was talking about her parents possibly getting a divorce :(ReplyDelete
the only bummer is it's only 6 episodes total.
I will definitely check this out! I was never a fan of Grey's, but I do love me a hospital-based drama.ReplyDelete
I haven't even heard of this show. Thanks for letting me know.ReplyDelete
My friend has a dad who is a doctor and described her growing up experience as similar.
i think i may actually take your advice and watch online. ;)ReplyDelete
Ah yes, i missed the most recent episode, but saw the first one. I agree, love the urologist and Dr. Q-H. Love to hate the pompous, self-absorbed father and husband who works SUCH long hours, only to go to the bar on two hours sleep and hit on average looking women while his marriage slowly crumbles under the weight of his ego.ReplyDelete
I'm just sayin!
Yes but I bet all the doctors aren't sleeping with each other in supply closets in this show. I'm just saying....ReplyDelete
I'm a sucker for medical based drama series. I have not heard about this show at all since I haven't been watching much TV. Thanks for the heads up!ReplyDelete
so out of the loop on tv. sounds cool tho.ReplyDelete
Vasectomies are child's play is the best thing I've read this week. thank you!
please don't get me addicted to YET another tv show. i already have couch potato syndrome.ReplyDelete
I can't watch it. It's too real :-PReplyDelete
Is Dr. Q-H the one who bitched out his staff when they didn't give an appointment to that cancer patient? That was rad. I loved when the young doc got teased about not knowing what was wrong with his patient!ReplyDelete
Balls, now I'm going to be addicted - can't wait to start watching it!ReplyDelete
I only saw the preview where the guy almost misses his heart transplant to get his hair done. I'm surprised someone didn't think of this before.ReplyDelete
Is this a reality show? I think I'm a TV-tard. You make me want to watch it. I'm also a TV-lemming.ReplyDelete
i forgot about this show! i'd seen previews, but didn't set the tivo.ReplyDelete
must watch online now.
Just added it to DVR!!!ReplyDelete
Mr./Dr. Insomniac and I watch that with great interest... we have a good friend who's just started his cardiothorasic fellowship. That's 7 years of general surgery + 3 years cardio, for those of you keeping track at home. The relationship portion is especially interesting... surgery is a different breed of medicine.ReplyDelete