Is ‘The Resident’ the Best Medical Drama on TV?

When you think about medical TV dramas your brain probably immediately goes to the acclaimed ER or ever-popular Grey’s Anatomy, and with good reason, these shows have been airing for decades and garnered a lot of fame.Grey’s Anatomy premiered on ABC in 2005 and is still featuring new episodes. Meanwhile, ER ran for a full 15 seasons on NBC, with George Clooney at its helm it is no wonder it was such a success.

What is TV’s best medical drama?

Emily VanCamp and Matt Czuchry
Emily VanCamp and Matt Czuchry | Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Resident is relatively new, compared to its long-running competitors in the field of medical TV shows. But, it stands pretty far apart from others in that its content is a little darker and quite a bit more cynical than many of the series who’ve come before.

The show takes place at Chastain Memorial Hospital in Georgia. There a brand new, medical intern, Devon Pravesh (played by Manish Dayal), is learning from his assigned resident, Doctor Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry). Conrad is determined to show the young, idealistic Devon the realities that come with the difficult decisions that need to be made in the hospital. This sometimes happens in unconventional and harsh ways. 

Fox brings viewers the best (and the worst) of the medical field on screen

The Resident is different than its predecessors because it doesn’t focus solely on the lives and personal relationships of the hospital staff. The show also questions the ethics and politics of modern medicine and hospital practices.

Where viewers are used to unbelievable storylines including plane crashes and natural disasters, a la Grey’s Anatomy, they will find a refreshing change in the plot lines offered by The Resident. For instance, in the series premiere, Conrad has to face off with the chief of surgery, Dr. Solomon Bell, who is trying to cover up mistakes made in the operating room. He does so by wielding his power and using intimidation, pulling rank and threatening nursing staff. 

Step aside McDreamy

The show’s star, Matt Czuchry checks all the boxes in what viewers are looking for in their TV doctors. He’s handsome, talented, and feared by his interns. In fact, in season one, his intern begs to be reassigned because Doctor Conrad Hawkins is a “psychopath.”

Viewers will love him though, because although his methods may not be “by the book”, they are definitely effective. Not only that, he isn’t bad to look at either. The actor joins the ranks of handsome TV doctors like ER’s Doctor John Carter played by heartthrob Noah Wyle, and the McDreamy Doctor Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, played by Partick Dempsey.

He’s not the only fan favorite on the show however, the series has a talented and vibrant staff of supporting characters as well. 

Why ‘The Resident’ is the best medical drama on TV

Since its premiere in January of 2018, the show has steadily gained viewership. Although still a long way from beating out other medical shows for the size of audiences, The Resident is quickly climbing the rating charts and gaining millions of loyal fans. The first season of The Resident on FOX averaged a total audience of 4.5 million viewers. (For the sake of a good comparison, the 14th season of Grey’s Anatomy had nearly double the number of viewers at 7.5 million).

Where can you watch ‘The Resident’?

Season one is available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, while Season 2 can be seen on Fox.com and on Hulu. The Resident airs Mondays at 8 pm on Fox (although Season 2 just ended) and has been renewed for a third season.