NEW AMSTERDAM – My rating: 8.5/10

New Amsterdam is a new medical drama about a hospital that is breaking all the rules to service it’s patients, NOT by the book.  New Amsterdam is based on the book, Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer. 

Its opening episode is an attention getter when the hospital’s new director and Chief of Medicine, Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold)  fires the entire cardio-thoracic surgical department because of their statistics.  Max’s aim is to reform the neglected facility by tearing up its bureaucracy and provide exceptional care to patients.  Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) becomes the new head of cardio-thoracic surgery and is in a semi-quasi relationship with Dr. Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery)Dr. Iggy Frome (Tyler Labine) who is the chief of psychiatric is dealing with a teenage patient who feels completely abandoned.  In the meanwhile, Dr. Goodwin has a secret that he puts into the hands of the Chief of Oncology, Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman). Lastly, Dr. Vijay Kapoor (Anupam Kher) is a seasoned physician who is called upon often to help resolve unknown or rear deceases.  Max has a pregnant wife, Georgia Goodwin (Lisa O’Hare) who is having a difficult time with carrying their baby to full term, not to mention they are not fully seeing their relationship eye to eye, thus had been living apart.

As time goes on, the episodes get better and the plot also enjoys a more seasoned flavor.  I have read many of the critic’s reviews of New Amsterdam and the results were not good.  Some were down right cruel.  I disagree with the critics, as I really like this new and exciting medical venture.  Most critics agree Freema Agyeman is wasted in a boring, mediocre part where I think she is the most exciting character casted.  I’ve been enjoying each episode as they air hoping for a home run because I really like Ryan Eggold from the Blacklist and Freema Agyeman from Sense8.  I’m hoping to see a lot more of them.  It’s also interesting to see what the writers have in store for this hospital.  Most of the critics don’t think New Amsterdam will make it past the first season but NBC has ordered a full 22 episodes.  I recommend New Amsterdam, so check it out!

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