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  • Summary: A doctor (Jon Hamm) recalls his time at a small Russian village in 1917 and interacts with his younger self (Daniel Radcliffe) in this black comedy series based on short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 2, 2013
    Believe it or not, that stomach-turning gore is part of this four-part gem's charm. A Young Doctor's Notebook gets the balance between tragedy and comedy just right.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 2, 2013
    The scenes in which the older and younger versions interact, with Hamm counseling and cajoling the panicked and miserable Radcliffe as a Ghost of Torment to Come, crackle with a surreal bite.... Not for the squeamish, Notebook is worth bookmarking if you've an adventurous streak.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 2, 2013
    It’s polished, manic, funny and a bit thin; visually, it’s like a toned-down version of the comic-book expressionism of Terry Gilliam.... The two actors are wonderful in their scenes together.
  4. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 2, 2013
    The show may be for niche tastes, but it doesn't overstay its welcome and it manages to go to some demented and surprisingly emotionally places. And then it's done.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 2, 2013
    The tone may veer a bit wildly from grim to hilarious for an American audience's taste, but once Hamm and Radcliffe settle into their roles (and Hamm into his accent), it could very well live up to its U.K. rep and provide Ovation with some skin in the game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    After watching all 4 episodes available on Netflix, I really like the show, it's something new to the TV series genre. It has gory operations, profanity, mediocre sex and drug abuse, all set in the 1917 time frame. There's some comic relief too. Daniel Radcliffe plays a very mature role, probably in an attempt to get rid of the childish Harry Potter persona, and he does a good job at it. Expand
  2. Oct 19, 2013
    I have only watched the first episode and it is already very, very promising. The mix of comedy and drama is irresistible. We are actually lookin' at how great an actor both leads are. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2013
    I detect a distinct note of Russian humor in this show. Not too surprising of course since it is based on short stories by Bulgakov, one of twentieth century Russia's greatest writers. Hamm is the older version of the doctor undergoing a police investigation for drug abuse. His younger safe finds himself trapped in a dead-end hospital in rural turn-of-the-century Russia, a difficult situation which contributes to his later problems. The interaction between the younger doctor and the older doctor provides the backbone of the show. Certainly not for every taste, but the "Notebook" provides supplies a significant variation of normal TV fare. Expand

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