TV Review: The Resident (2018– ) ★★★


Isn’t it fascinating to watch more shows on TV about doctors, instead of bad guys who kill innocent people? I might be overreacting in this case, but that’s the feeling I have after watching “The Resident”. Starring Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”, 2011-2015), Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”, 2009-2016) and Bruce Greenwood, the series has everything for the viewer to turn their attention to the small screen and to look forward to every new episode.

“The Resident” follows Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), the young specialist who wants to always do the right thing. On this first day at work, he is appointed to be supervised by tough and brilliant Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). Each of them has their ways of treating the patients. They might have differences in everything – their viewpoints, their perspectives. But for one thing, the two of them will join their efforts – to stand up against the broken health system and to try to defeat it.

Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) is the CEO of the hospital and the most demanded surgeon in town. However, the opening scene of the pilot episode shows that only a few people know that after losing the life of a patient during the surgery, he is no longer as good as he used to be. The reason for that unfortunate event is not a professional mistake, but the fact that he has a health condition that he refuses to admit and does not want to reveal to anyone. The relationship between Dr. Bell and Hawkins is far from being friendly. Conrad is aware that the hospital has been covering up the deaths caused by Bell, and even more – nothing has been done to prevent this from happening in the future.

At first, Dr. Pravesh is not very happy to be working with ruthless, immoral, and overwhelmingly self-confident young Conrad. It is the nurse names Nicolette Nevin who gives him a solid argument and manages to convince him that he should find his way to put up with Dr. Hawkins. It is in episode three, that the two of them have to collaborate in order to save the life of an undocumented immigrant. That marks the start of their quickly developing friendship, which will leave you admiring both characters.

” The Resident” has an impressive list of directors and producers who have managed to bring visible high quality to the show. Among the executive producers of the series, you will read such names as Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce, Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Shore. In addition to that, it is, of course, the mega-talented and versatile cast that shall be considered as another big factor in securing the interest of the viewers.

Overall, some may argue that “The Resident” is another unrealistic show, and I might even agree with that statement. And I believe many people have been through some unpleasant experiences with doctors on daily bases. Considering that, “The Resident” makes an effort in winning more. Personally, I am willing to give this show a chance. It’s not really another piece that tells us how wonderful the doctors can be, which is true, but more importantly – this series is about the ragged health system that is more concerned about making money than saving lives.

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