Wow. Hello there, and welcome to New Amsterdam, reviewing the Promo. New Amsterdam airs on NBC Tuesday, September 25th at 10 PM, 9 Central. I have a mild obsession with Medical Dramas, having reviewed The Good Doctor on ABC last year, and The Resident on FOX earlier this year, the fall season will have me covering all 3. This will probably be the only review mentioning the other two shows, just to clarify why I have high hopes for New Amsterdam. But first, lets find out what is New Amsterdam.
NBC explains New Amsterdam as: “Inspired by the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the president of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map.” Interesting concept. The The Good Doctor, the series shows humility in the doctors, with growth and understanding as their root. In The Resident, we watch Conrad trying to destroy the bureaucracy from the inside, but as a Resident, with very little say. To me, New Amsterdam is the bridge between the two. A heart like Shaun Murphy’s but the drive of Conrad Hawkins.
But, in the Sneak Peak provided by NBC, we get to meet Dr. Max Goodwin. It seems his sister passed away in the hospital. And then I forget I am writing a review. A show that can take you away from the now, and draw you into it’s world… it is truly a beautiful thing. Dr. Goodwin fires the cardiac surgical department and then hires 50 more staff… that will cost the hospital, but it needs to be done. Then, as he asks how he can help, he listens as they ask for no waiting room and healthier food options. “Let’s get into trouble, let’s be doctors again.” I have dealt with the medical field all my life, and always believed helping people is the best route. It is my drive, my goal, and even now, as I write, I am taking you someplace. I hope it is a better place, but it isn’t where you are standing, or sitting right now. I also believe our medical system in the United States is severely flawed. New Amsterdam looks to be a show to dream up changes and make us believe we can change the world.
In a few trailers, we see what episode one most likely circulates around. It seems Max has cancer, based on his testing, but he seems to already know. In the clips, we see Max pushing other doctors to care for their patients, to treat them with empathy before medically, because not everything requires surgery, but most require an ear. Humility is often the first thing lost in some cases, and Max seems to be trying to bring it back. I can note a few faces I recognize, especially the Head of Oncology is from Doctor Who, so I know the cast is hardcore, but we will see how the writers take the show.
Remember, NBC Tuesday, September 25th at 10 PM, 9 Central is when New Amsterdam airs, and I hope to see you all in the episode reviews. I’m excited about the series, and I hope you all are too. So, until next time, Stay Golden.