by Dave B.
The creators of “Children’s Hospital” have teamed up with Netflix to bring us Medical Police. In it, doctors Lola Spratt (Erin Hayes) and Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) discover a previously unknown virus that is being intentionally released around the world. The two doctors are recruited by a secret division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that is tasked with bringing bioterrorists to justice. Spratt and Maestro journey across the planet searching for the terrorist so that they can prevent the extinction of humankind.
If you’re not familiar with “Children’s Hospital” it’s an Emmy award winning comedy series that ran from 2010 through 2016, but there is no need to have seen it in order to understand and enjoy this spin-off. Medical Police operates in the same vein of extremely stupid humor as its parent show. For me, that’s not a bad thing, as my comedic tastes are often inclined towards the idiotic (for example, I thought the Baywatch movie was pretty funny). And at times, Medical Police is absolutely hilarious. At one point during episode three, I was laughing so hard that I literally fell off of my couch. Even now a week later, thinking about the balcony scene in that episode will have me cracking up. As a bonus, Hayes and Huebel have good chemistry and great comedic timing together. It’s clear that the cast as a whole had a lot of fun making this show.
That said, Medical Police isn’t consistently funny. The problem is that with 10 episodes running at about 25 minutes each, there isn’t really enough material to prevent some of the jokes from feeling repetitive and a bit stale. That’s not to say that there is a dramatic fall off in the quality of the show as it progresses. It’s just that the show only has a few notes and despite hitting them well, it has to hit them a bit too often.
Overall, Medical Police is extremely stupid and very entertaining. And if you’re like me, in finding juvenile misunderstandings and physical humor to be quite funny, you should definitely check out this show. But from an objective perspective Medical Police is merely “really good” instead of “great” and may have been something truly special if it had been a movie or if it had half as many episodes. Regardless, if you’re in need of a laugh, you can do far worse than giving this show some of your time.
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