№23: The Resident (Fox Broadcasting Company TV Series | 2018)

June 14, 2021

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The focus of this week’s Stats Spotlight is on a television series that has quickly become one of my personal favorites—The Resident (2018). The medical drama has shown a lot of light on importance of Internal Medicine in seemingly every case that goes through the doors of the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital.

Be prepared for a lot of Cardiothoracic surgeries in Season 1, Orthopaedic procedures in Season 2, and Neurosurgery cases in Seasons 3 and 4.

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When The Good Wife (2009) ended it’s seventh and final season in May 2016, the show’s conclusion lead me right back to an all to familiar question: What’s next? As far as television shows go, I’ve never really been the type to just dive into one show after another. (Have you ever met someone who has never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones or Dr. Who? Well, now you have. Guilty, as charged). I believe that there always has to be some hook—say, one of your favorite actors guest stars in the show—as the days of sitting blindly in front a television and TV Guides have long since passed.

From my experience, the best shows are always the ones that we eventually have some personal connection with. The ones where we actually care about what happens to characters. The ones that we never seem to tire of revisiting.

I had it easy with the shows in my personal Mount Rushmore [Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993), How I Met Your Mother (2005), and now, The Good Wife (2009)] as they were either in syndication and were on every other day (Cheers and to a certain extent, Frasier) or there was something about the show got me curious, I jumped in, and decided to stick around (How I Met Your Mother and The Good Wife).

The right mix of premise, storytelling, cast, longevity, and continuity are surefire ways to get my attention.

The Resident (2018)

So what got me so interested in The Resident (2018)? Well, it was actually this specific question that I asked myself a couple of weeks ago, “I wonder what Cary Agos is doing these days?”

Cary Agos (Played by Matt Czuchry) is a character from The Good Wife. An impeccably dressed Harvard Law graduate who starts out as a junior associate at a leading Chicago law firm. Agos eventually becomes a name partner at his own law firm only to be squeezed out at the conclusion of the series. Ouch.

Since the end of The Good Wife and four seasons into it’s spinoff, The Good Fight (2017), there hasn’t been a Cary Agos sighting to date.

So, I looked Matt Czuchry up.

Matt, as it turns out, has done quite well for himself as the lead in the new medical drama television series, The Resident (2018). Based on a book by Marty Makary (Unaccountable), the series follows a number of staff members from the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital including 3rd year Internal Medicine resident Conrad Hawkins, M.D. (Czuchry) as they attempt to provide patients with the best care despite ongoing challenges from the health care system, hospital administration, and (at times) corrupt doctors.

Or to put it another way: What if I told you that there was a show wherein Cary Agos and Frank Landau (Mike Pniewski) of The Good Wife collided with characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Emily VanCamp), DC Comics/The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story/Star Trek (Bruce Greenwood), and Frasier (Jane Leeves)? Would you be interested?

Four seasons and 71 episodes later, my answer to that question would still be a resounding yes! ■


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Tedi Gustilo Villasor, Ph.D. is a former columnist for Baby Magazine (Philippines) as well as a past contributor to NBA.com/Philippines. His other works include the indie comic books Lindol and OBIsessions.

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