• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 26, 2008
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    90
    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. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Having shot more than 1,500 hours of footage, the crew mostly eradicates the conspicuous influence of the filmmakers' presence, capturing harrowing moments graced by genuine humanity.
  7. The new version bears less of a resemblance to “ER”-styled medical drama of the 2000 “Hopkins” than it does to “The Hills,” the MTV sensation that introduced a whole new visual vocabulary to unscripted TV. The stories still involve people being treated at Hopkins, of course, but what’s striking is how much time is spent outside the hospital with the docs and their families.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. LindaE.
    Sep 1, 2008
    10
    Love it! love everything about it. doctors, patients, stories, music. It's all great!
  2. J.D.
    Aug 31, 2008
    10
    You can't bring it back soon enough for me. It's an awesome show and I'm disappointed that it isn't on anymore. It is You can't bring it back soon enough for me. It's an awesome show and I'm disappointed that it isn't on anymore. It is inspiring and exhilarating. Please bring it back there are so many that miss it!! Full Review »
  3. SamM.
    Aug 25, 2008
    10
    Best new show on ABC. I wonder how long it will last? ABC needs to keep this winner.