Medical Police: Medical Police - Full Season 1
January 19, 2020 9:00 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Two American physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, discover a civilization-threatening virus and are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.

It's not quite Police Squad, but it's definitely meta.
posted by hippybear (7 comments total)
Medical Police streams on Netflix in the US.
posted by Etrigan at 3:55 AM on January 20, 2020

I started watching it and it just didn't click for me. I like all the actors. I like the premise. I didn't like the show for some reason and didn't even finish the first episode. I hope other people liked it more because I had high hopes.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:01 AM on January 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

It's a spin-off of the great Grey's Anatomy satire, Children's Hospital.

Not every joke lands, but overall it's enjoyable. Children's Hospital is a tough one to beat.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 9:35 AM on January 20, 2020

São Paulo is indeed where this show is set!
posted by fleacircus at 2:51 PM on January 20, 2020 [2 favorites]

Being a huge fan of both Children's Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV (if you like CH and haven't seen NTSF, lucky you! You get to watch NTSF for the first time!), I thought the pilot was delightful if a little uneven.

I've always liked Spratt, Maestro tends to annoy.

Naming Sarayu Blue's character Sloane McIntyre is a little bit cheeky.

Megan Le is interesting, looks like she's a main villain?
posted by porpoise at 5:48 PM on January 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

I'll say, I watched it all (it isn't very long) and I thought it was worth putting here to discuss. It's amusing with a few outright laughs, more conceptually funny than in execution.

I did like the characters discussing in the moment whether they were racially profiling a bad guy. It's the kind of joke that could be laughed at by lefties for the discussion they're having and by righties for them even having the discussion.

The tone is a tiny bit off at the beginning, I think, but as it progressed either it mellowed or I bought more into it because I really got into its vibe in the second half of the series.

It's not super great, but I really am glad I watched it. It was a good pastime.
posted by hippybear at 8:34 PM on January 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

I'm a Children's Hospital fan (and, weirdly, I particularly like Ron Heubel's schtick, ever since he said "that's just the brain tumor talking!") so I consumed this. There were certainly a lot of bits I liked (like Jason Schwartzman and his van) but there were also a lot of sequences where Wain and co. seemed way too excited to be matching mainstream TV beats without really making a good joke out of it.

(For instance, one detail that was spot-on was the music that accompanied Megan Le's Terminator-like character. It was that Nine Inch Nails synth gliss downward that is always supposed to mean "holy shit, this is depraved, mind-blowing stuff." Yet, it's not really a joke, it's just the correct music to play for that character. Maybe Le is a very looong set-up for one funny reveal in the last episode, but mostly they don't do much with her.)

I guess you could argue that the accuracy is an amazing joke, and if you could (almost) drop whole scenes into NCIS and nobody would really know the difference that makes it all the better. It didn't really work that way for me, though.

But it was ok. I'd give it all a B or a B-.
posted by anhedonic at 9:26 PM on January 21, 2020

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