Medical Police

  • 01 Feb - 07 Feb, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

Recomm-ended with confidence for gags.

The latest comedy series Medical Police recently released on Netflix, from the brain trust behind the long-running Children’s Hospital, this new venture takes a pair of that show’s mainstays and thrusts them into the world of high-stakes international infectiology. When a deadly virus is unleashed in various major metropolitan areas around the world, doctors Lola Spratt (Erinn Hayes) and Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) become the only two people with the knowledge, skills, and disregard for conventions of storytelling to be able to thwart this evil plan. That’s about as tenuous a setup as a show like this really needs. When they’re not sticking to the CBS procedural-adjacent through line of the series, Medical Police has free license to indulge in as many layers as it can wedge into any particular mission. From Eastern Europe, to the Children’s Hospital base in Brazil, Lola and Owen run into a parade of guest stars and a convoluted world of double-crossing scientists and bureaucrats, bent on releasing the virus into more major cities. Along the way, it’s a good chance for the series to poke fun at the usual trappings of the kind of show they’re borrowing the framework from. The explanation of major city landmarks, the impossibly motivated heel turns, the conveniently placed items and locations that help our heroes escape certain death with mere seconds to spare. Medical Police continues the twisted take on TV medical tropes that Children’s Hospital started, while somehow expanding its world and raising the comedic stakes.