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The New Amsterdam Series Review

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The New Amsterdam series is based on a book written by Eric Manheimer called Twelve Patients; Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital. It is a pulsating drama series set in a bustling hospital. It first had its debut on NBC back in 2018, and since then, the TV show has been renewed thrice. It is currently in its third season, with the fourth season lurking in the shadows, ready to be revealed this year on September 21st
The New Amsterdam Series Review

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The New Amsterdam series is based on a book written by Eric Manheimer called Twelve Patients; Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital.

It is a pulsating drama series set in a bustling hospital.

New Amsterdam first had its debut on NBC back in 2018, and since then, the TV show has been renewed thrice.

Additionally, the series is currently in its third season, with the fourth season lurking in the shadows, ready to be revealed this year on September 21st.

Plot

Public hospitals have a reputation for being understaffed, incompetent, corrupt, dingy, and apathetic.

Most people feel much safer walking into a private hospital due to the impeccable services availed by staff.

Since most services are free or covered by insurance or relatively affordable, public hospitals tend to offer wanting services.

New Amsterdam seeks to change this narrative thanks to the star of the show, Max Goodwin.

How can I help?

Dr.Max Goodwin

This phrase is Dr. Max Goodwin’s mantra.

He is a medical director whose devotion to helping patients in the public hospital is significantly admired.

Dr.Max Goodwin

His mind is always conjuring solutions to impossible situations, saving a plethora of lives that would otherwise have perished.

Apart from creating elaborate ways within which New Amsterdam can improve its medical services, Max also tends to different patients who are brought in with diverse conditions.

Further, this medical director wears scrubs instead of a suit.

And can be seen in multiple medical departments, including oncology, neurology, the ED, and cardiology.

Yes, I know, it is uncanny.

The Conflict

It is virtually impossible not to fall in love with Max and his heart of gold.

Therefore, it is quite unfortunate when we learn that this gifted doctor who has dedicated his life to helping people has a terminal disease, cancer.

Oh yeah, apart from cancer, Max’s marriage is threatening to crumble to pieces as his pregnant wife battles the decision to call it quits.

Faced with an illness that can change his life and that of his loved ones, Max has to find a way of helping other people without harming himself.

This is no easy task, especially when you are running the largest public hospital in New York.

Alongside Max are powerful characters who bring diverse health issues into perspective as they struggle with their own personal agendas.

Creator, Characters

The hit TV series is a creation of David Schulner, the brains behind Emerald City and What About Brian.

The stars of the show are; Ryan Eggold (Max Goodwin), Janet Montgomery (Lauren Bloom), Freema Agyeman (Helen Sharpe), Jocko Sims (Floyd Reynolds), Tyler Labine (Ignatius Forme), and Anupam Kher (Vijay Kapoor).

Send-Off

Perhaps the most important aspect of this show is its ability to create awareness.

Throughout the series, we interact with multiple physical and mental illnesses that are not spoken of as much as they should be.

We also get to see the number of pressure doctors is subjected to and how they cope under such intense circumstances.

Depression, gun violence, hysteria, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, addiction, religion, and grief.

To add to that, stillbirths, rape, obesity, as well as racism, are some of the issues tackled on the show.

If you are looking for a film that will entertain, inform and take you on an emotional roller coaster, New Amsterdam is for you.

Rate

8/10.