Noob Reviews: Medical Police (Season 01)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Medical Police?
Medical Police is a Netflix exclusive comedy in which two American doctors working in a Brazilian Children’s Hospital stumble upon the outbreak of a deadly disease that threatens the world population. Drafted into service by a top-secret branch of the CDC (Centre for Disease Control), they are dispatched around the world to not only find a source of the disease but a cure before it is too late.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official Season 01 Trailer -
When did it come out?
Medical Police was released in January 2020.
How many episodes are there?
There are ten episodes in total with each averaging about twenty minutes in length.
What can you tell us about the plot?
The plot is actually quite an interesting one in which, as mentioned above, two American doctors working at a children’s hospital in Brazil stumble across a highly infectious and dangerous disease. Against her superior’s orders, Lola (one of the two doctors) sends her findings to the CDC, which begins a chain reaction of events. From been recruited into a top-secret branch of the CDC that not even the White House know about. To globe-trotting in the hopes of finding not only the source but a cure and those behind its release.
In addition to the main plot, there is also an ongoing feud between Owen (the other doctor), Lola and an assassin who initially failed to eliminate them. And a blossoming romance between Owen and Lola.
Who are some of the actors and actresses in the series we might know?
Craig Robinson (Owen’s Training Officer)
Erinn Hayes (Dr Lola Spratt)
Ken Marino (Dr Glenn Richie)
Jason Schwartzman (The Goldfinch)
Rob Huebel (Dr Owen Maestro)
Tom Wright (Director Patten)
What did you think of Medical Police?
Having seen the trailer on Netflix, the story reminded me of Jack Ryan season 01. I went into Medical Police though without many expectations, but thinking it was going to be a sort of Diagnosis Murder meets Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Or perhaps a medical parody with a similar theme to Scary Move where nothing was taken too seriously. Unfortunately, it was neither.
Medical Police sets out to be a comedy about two doctors, one of which (Owen) was an ex-police officer so also had a fair idea about working a case and problem-solving. The plot sounded quite intriguing and inspired, and the trailer made it look quite funny and appealing but to be honest, the most entertaining parts of the series are probably in the trailer. For me, it was such a disappointment.
Before I delve any further, I am a huge comedy fan. Both of British comedy with the dry and sarcastic tone to it. And other comedians too. Most recently, I was given Gabriel Iglesias’s name as someone to check out, and I think he is hysterical. However, I don’t see the humour in Medical Police. Admittedly I smirked at a few things, but for the most part, it was dull and predictable. Some of the things that really got on my nerves that the show could have done without were the discussions about government funding for the CDC, racism (which if anything just made them sound racist) and excessive fart jokes. Fart jokes can be funny but not when used repeatedly as one of the primary sources of comedy. Quite a few times the show delved into current political issues and present-day problems but attempted humour which it poorly failed at and instead sounded a little preachy. I tend to watch comedy and Netflix, in general, to get away from that sort of thing as opposed to wanting to hear more about it. Admittedly I am Brit though so perhaps an American audience may find some of the jokes more suitable and relatable.
On the plus sides as I said there were a few funny moments and the locations where the series was shot were beautiful.
Overall the core intellectual property to Medical Police seemed great but was poorly executed. The acting was unnecessarily over the top at times, even for comedic purposes. Some of the guest appearances such as Craig Robinson (Doug Judy from Brooklyn Nine-Nine) were the best parts of the show, but in the end, it could have been so much better.
What overall rating would you give Medical Police?
I would give Medical Police an abysmal 2 out of 5 bananas.
I think my comments in the ‘what do you think’ section says it all, but in the end, everyone has their own individual likes and dislikes, whether it be entertainment or comedy. All I can do is encourage you to watch it for yourself, even if it is a few episodes and you will quickly discover if it is something for you. Or something you’ll give a miss.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Medical Police and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.