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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 26, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: ABC returns to expand on its "Hopkins 24/7" documentary with a six-episode series about the lives of the doctors and the people they treat at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Genre(s): Health & Lifestyle, Talk & Interview, Documentary, Science
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    The best unscripted show on commercial television this season, which you may correctly point out is faint praise; but in this case, it's not.
  2. 80
    The deeper bow to the dictates of prime-time storytelling in this return to Hopkins by executive producer Terence Wrong and his ABC News documentary team isn't a bad thing. In fact, the choices made by Wrong and his digitally armed filmmaking troops result in a faster-paced, more engaging series.
  3. As a follow-up to the groundbreaking summer series "Hopkins 24/7" that ran nearly eight years ago, this revisit to the medical center is, if anything, even more grounded in authenticity and honesty, even if it sometimes feels compelled to pile on the soapy elements.
  4. There's something about the terrible lighting, those horrible curtain dividers, the washed-out gowns that makes every patient seem extraordinarily vulnerable. Which, of course, they are, as are we all, including the men and women who provide our last line of defense in this life. This is precisely the stuff of great drama and of great documentary, but it gets a little troublesome when combining the two.
  5. Crucial, sometimes hopeful and sometimes worrisome as the larger issues of modern medicine are, Hopkins excels on the human side.
  6. If you can get past the blatant attempts to sell an ABC News production to fans of ABC dramas--prepare yourself for a lot of going-into-commercial cliffhangers where the surgical patients don't seem to be waking up--Hopkins is a rewarding, and often surprising, experience.
  7. Hopkins, a six-part documentary series by ABC News that begins on Thursday, provides an extraordinarily intimate look at doctors and desperately ill patients that is gripping but not groundbreaking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. LindaE.
    Sep 1, 2008
    Love it! love everything about it. doctors, patients, stories, music. It's all great!
  2. JohnK
    Jul 18, 2008
    This may be one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Great look into the best hospital in the world. You can be cynical about doctors all you want but when a life is on the line very few of us could do what they do. I am very fortunate that my daughter starts her studies at Johns Hopkins University this fall. Expand
  3. SamM.
    Aug 25, 2008
    Best new show on ABC. I wonder how long it will last? ABC needs to keep this winner.
  4. GaryG.
    Jun 27, 2008
    Engaging, fascinating, compelling, poignant. Great show!
  5. bethg
    Jul 10, 2008
    As a long time Hopkins nurse it is interesting to see my workplace put 'out there' for the world to see. The drama is real, but you would need to multiply it by 1000 to know what really goes on a place like Hopkins on a daily basis. That said, I think the show does a good job of representing things from the doctor's point of view. Now, when will the nurses get a shot?? Then you will REALLY see what it is all about! Expand
  6. SharK.
    Jul 5, 2008
    As we all deal with and/or debate health care issues, it is good to see what 'goes on behind the scenes to remind us that we ALL are human beings... how difficult to 'choose' who receives health care and who doesn't. So far the most memorable footage for me was seeing the lungs expand after the transplant :) But, oh, the training that hospital staff must have -- I think I'd take a doctor with a bit of arrogance (i.e., confidence) if he is very capable of 'easily' drilling and removing a brain tumor. Expand
  7. FeebE.
    Jun 29, 2008
    This episode was the media drumming up sympathy for the illegal aliens. He displaced some unsuspecting and deserving LEGALLY entitled student from slots in College, Medical School, residency and Fellowship, and he isn't even grateful! I wouldn't be his patient on a bet! Expand

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