A Young Doctor's Notebook : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 50
  2. Negative: 2 out of 50

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  1. Oct 19, 2015
    10
    My two favorite actors in one show: just fabulous! I loved John Hamm in Mad Men and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter, so this was just the icing on the cake! Love, love, love!
  2. Oct 14, 2015
    9
    This is a great adaptation of Bulgakov's short stories. Every minute is hilarious and full of dark humor. Daniel Radcliff is perfect as the young doctor, his performance is superb in this TV series.
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    8
    Both Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are superb in this four part adaptation of short stories from Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Taking place between 1917 and 1918 it tells the story of a doctor looking back on his time practicing in a small village hospital whilst struggling with morphine addiction.

    This first season strikes a fine balance between comedy and drama and makes for a
    Both Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm are superb in this four part adaptation of short stories from Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. Taking place between 1917 and 1918 it tells the story of a doctor looking back on his time practicing in a small village hospital whilst struggling with morphine addiction.

    This first season strikes a fine balance between comedy and drama and makes for a unique, and interesting, watch.
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  4. Mar 9, 2014
    9
    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.
  5. Oct 30, 2013
    7
    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 difficultI 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
  6. Oct 19, 2013
    9
    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.
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 2, 2013
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 2, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 2, 2013
    70
    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.