Ah, medical dramas -- they're basically soap operas for people who don't want to admit they're watching soap operas.
And it's about time somebody spoofed them the way they deserve. "Childrens Hospital - Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons" mocks the soapy storylines and over-the-top melodrama of these medical shows, and never once removes its tongue from its cheek. It's immature, silly, and wonderfully offensive -- seriously, if you are a politically correct person DO NOT WATCH!
"Childrens Hospital" is a hospital founded by Dr. Arthur Childrens, supervised by an alluringly handicapped Chief and populated by several attractive doctors. These doctors spend most of their time wandering the halls having "profound" thoughts, making out in front of patients, and occasionally messing around in the operating room.
The first season has an interesting collection of stories: Dr. Lola Spratt (Erinn Hayes) pretends to have a brain tumor, which quickly spirals out of control; sexy Dr. Cat Black (Lake Bell) who has a torrid affair with a six-year-old suffering from Advanced Aging Disease; and clown doctor Blake becomes obsessed with curing people with the power of laughter.
In the second season, the hospital has a new administrator, Sy Mittleman, who is hated by everyone except the Chief (who is hot for him), and a sexy new doctor. The staff is rocked by deadly childbirth, a return from the dead, missing siblings, nerd affairs, a sensual rabbi, a sexual heat wave, Take Your Daughter To Work Day, and Big Pharma threatening Glenn after he learns that butterfly fluid can cure cancer.
"Childrens Hospital" started as a series of low-budget webisodes, which since got turned into an actual series on Adult Swim. While the first season -- which are actually the webisodes -- is a bit choppy at times, the series really flowers when each episode expands to eleven whole minutes. This is just delightful.
The writers constantly mock the sexed-up, melodramatic nature of medical dramas. Every episode opens with a "previously on" and a pompous monologue ("Love... why is it not in and of itself, in and out? I should have my own podcast"), followed by wacky medical dilemmas (a sultan's severed finger!) and melodramatic ethical dilemmas (should Lola abort a sixteen-year-old boy?).
When they aren't making fun of medical dramas, they're making fun of the medical profession in general ("So you're saying that outside of being punctured by a large knife, Noah's had no unusual symptoms?"). And the actors look like they're having a wonderful time -- they play such gloriously selfish, nasty, childish characters who really don't care about any of their patients.
"Childrens Hospital - Complete First and Second Seasons" is a delightfully immature, un-PC, wacky little show that pokes the medical profession -- and medical dramas -- full of holes. Begone, ghost Lola!