Miami Medical : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 2, 2010

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. 83
    Like any competent Bruckheimer, "Miami Medical" speaks TV very well. It spins the A, B and C story lines like plates in a circus act. It has reduced the medical jargon to the requisite bewildering-cum-authentic prattle.
  2. After the initial disasters, the rest of the show flatlines. Just as in the “CSI” universe, the lead characters are there to serve up exposition.
  3. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    This Miami trauma-hospital drama is marginally better than "Three Rivers."
  4. It's beige on beige, people.
  5. Predictable characters haven’t hurt the “CSI” crime shows, but this is Mr. Bruckheimer’s first hospital drama, and viewers accustomed to layered dramas like “ER” and “House” expect more.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Good actors such as Jeremy Northam and Lana Parrilla are wasted in this rote hospital drama from Jerry Bruckheimer. [9 Apr 2010, p.67]
  7. 40
    The show doesn’t have any of the expert pacing and plotting needed to make those segments fly. The action just tumbles forth.
  8. Parrilla is a compelling presence, and it's marvelous to see Northam all modern and un-martyred after his terrific turn as Thomas More in "The Tudors." But there is a strange lack of chemistry among the cast, perhaps because they are continually forced to deliver monologues on how difficult their jobs are and say things such as: "Life, so bloody beautiful."
  9. It's got the action and the one-liners. It just doesn't leave you caring all that much whether you see it again.
  10. The characters can better be distinguished from one another than the ciphers in "Three Rivers" but they still need time to develop and become something approaching realistic.
  11. 38
    Those of you who miss "Six Feet Under's" opening minutes each week--when you had to guess who would be spectacularly killed, and how--will enjoy the violent and graphic start of "Miami Medical" each week, too. But that's about all it's good for.
  12. 37
    What Miami Medical most closely resembles is CBS' equally retro and quickly canceled Three Rivers, right down to the pre-credit scenes that launch the medical story lines.
  13. Regardless, it doesn't take long to realize that "Miami Medical," written by executive producer Jeffrey Lieber, is long on emotional manipulation and short on compelling characters and insightful storytelling.
  14. 30
    Mostly lost in the Technicolor goo of the fabulously exotic mutilations and lacerations is Miami Medical's purported dramatic theme, the psychological toll taken on doctors whose professional diet consists solely of grotesquely lethal cases.
  15. 30
    With all these suds in the way, the premiere is muddled, so concerned with leading us by the nose to get the backstory that it never asks us to care about anyone.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The ingredients in this old-fashioned remedy have a modest shot at working, but if the network wants to find a critic who'll deem such a mundane operation golden, it'll have to seek a second opinion.
  17. 30
    "Miami Medical" is every bit as pained as "Three Rivers," the organ-donor series that CBS tried to launch in the fall.

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