New Amsterdam, an NBC medical drama that recently returned for its third season, is finally offering the viewers what they want to see. They’re excited to learn more about Max and Helen’s relationship. Plus, it’s something we’re all looking forward to.
The series was created by David Schulner and is based on Eric Manheimer’s book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital. After its release on Netflix, New Amsterdam has attracted a whole new audience, spending the past week at the top of the New Zealand viewing figures.
Most Kiwi audiences are only now enjoying the delights of New Amsterdam, two and a half years after its premiere.
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It had been hiding out on Sky TV’s Neon and SoHo (and even free-to-air on Prime) until the last couple of weeks, a US medical drama with a cast of characters you’ll know, a warning about the state of modern medicine (especially in America), and a healthy dose of “feels.”
The lives and loves of the nurses and patients at “America’s oldest public hospital” seem to be catching on with a whole new audience.
It follows idealist Dr. Max Goodwin (The Blacklist’s Ryan Eggold) as he tries to turn the creaky institution into something that can better support its patients, based on real-life medical director Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital.
It tracks idealist Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold of The Blacklist) as he tries to turn the creaky institution into something that can better support his patients – the people of New York, many of whom are uninsured. Max’s refrain in the first season is “How can I help?” When trying to keep his failing marriage together, he condemns racism and injustice.
Of note, as with previous prime-time hospital-set “soaps” such as St Elsewhere, Chicago Hope, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Resident, there are a number of other crises in the supporting cast, including opioid abuse, relationship problems, cultural differences, and genetic disorders. But, unlike its modern-day counterparts, Grey’s Anatomy and The Resident, it stands out for its quietness, subtlety, and abundance of sensitivity and heart.