Reviewed: Childrens’ Hospital

Reviewed: Childrens’ Hospital

By KiddoFriday - July 2nd, 2010Categories: Uncategorized

Rob Corddry’s web series Childrens’ Hospital makes the move to the small screen July 11th, with a hilarious premiere episode available online now in its entirety. The cast includes veterans to the comedic world, including Ken Marino, Megan Mullaly, Henry Winkler and Corddry himself, while newcomers like Malin Akerman flex untapped comedic chops.

As the show transitions to TV, the sketch-like feel and pacing of a digital series carries over, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. No doubt Adult Swim expects the show’s main, initial viewership to be familiar with the series; the episode spends little to no time establishing setting or character development, and gets right down to the irreverent silliness.

Poking fun at medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and House, the patients and the doctors are caricatures. Mullaly is a geriatric doctor with a degenerative bone disease, while Corddry is a Patch Adams-esque “doctor clown” with garish makeup and a blood stain covering his smock, shaped like a heart or a set of lungs. Trekkies from a neighboring convention make an appearance, and the climactic scene features the doctors having to decide which of two men impaled by a pole they will save (a spoof of a Grey’s episode); the young, snotty, skater-punk or the old man dying of cancer who insists he has lived a long, full life (you can guess who the oblivious, self-involved doctors choose to die). The big laughs (in my opinion) come from Jeff Ross the insult comic, portraying himself as he tries to get emergency care for his son.

It would be nice for these actors, many who have paid serious, dues to get a show to call their own. Especially Ken Marino who is always great to watch, even if just for his reactions – either shock, or elation.