Well, it finally happened! First real snow of the year. Due to the fact that I didn’t work this weekend and had no where to go, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the giant flakes fall from the comfort and warmth of my apartment. Looks like we got about 6 inches? More than enough to cozy up with some coco or popcorn and dive into my TV & movie watch list.
Now, I’ll admit, most of the time I like watching things that have nothing to do with the medical world. I like having an escape from my job. That, and I’m an incredibly tough critic when it comes to the accuracy of medical television. As my mom watches Chicago Med or 911, I scoff at the characters “compressions” or shocking unshockable rhythms.
That being said, there are a few movies and shows that I enjoy due to the characters, emotional plot line, or well-presented medical accuracy.
Patch Adams: Semi-biographical comedy-drama. After struggling with depression in a mental hospital, Hunter “Patch” Adams (Robin Williams) decides he wants to become a doctor. He enrolls at Virginia Medical University but is disillusioned by the school’s clinical perspective on patient care. Adams decides to open his own medical clinic for those without insurance.
Joker: Psychological thriller. Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
A Beautiful Mind: Biographical drama. Inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.
Andrew Jenks, Room 335: Documentary. At 19 years old, Andrew Jenks moved into an assisted living facility in Florida with two friends in order to document life there and to glean what lessons he could from the senior population.
The Good Doctor: American medical drama. Based on the 2013 award-winning South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
Call The Midwife: BBC period drama. Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House.
Virgin River: Romantic drama. Seeking a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from Los Angeles to a remote Northern California town and is surprised by what — and who — she finds.
One Royal Holiday: Hallmark Christmas movie. When nurse Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.
What medical shows and movies are on your list?